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25

2016 NHL Draft: Rangers take Gabriel Fontaine and Tyler Wall in sixth round

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Gabriel Fontaine

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The Rangers have taken forward Gabriel Fontaine (#171) and goalie Tyler Wall (#174) with their sixth round picks. There’s not much available on these guys, so let’s see what some of the scouts think.

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Gettinger (Photo: Adam Bell, OHL)

Gettinger (Photo: Adam Bell, OHL)

The Rangers took their first forward of the draft, taking winger Tim Gettinger with their 5th round pick (#141). Gettinger is a big kid at 6’5″ and 206 lbs, but the scouting reports say he is a great skater. Not for his size, just a great skater in general.

Gettinger had some hype because of his size, but fell due to a tough year. Gettinger is Brandon Halverson’s teammate with the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds, so there’s a connection there as well.

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Reunanen

Reunanen

The Rangers have selected defenseman Tarmo Reunanen with their fourth round pick, #98 overall. The pick was acquired in the Keith Yandle deal, and Reunanen is a solid skating, puck moving defenseman. A bit of an overdraft –most had him going in the 145 range– though, but the Rangers picked skill over size on this one.

That’s not saying Reunanen is small (6′, 178 lbs), but he’s not Day’s size. Regardless, Reunanen is another smooth skater who excels at transitioning and getting the puck up the ice. Injuries seemed to be an issue, which caused his stock to slip.

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Day

Day

The Rangers have selected defenseman Sean Day with their third round pick, #81 overall. Day is a big kid at 6’2″, 224 lbs at just 18 years old. But don’t let his size fool you, Day is one of the best skaters in the draft and is a potential home run pick for the Rangers. Day’s a very good puck mover, and as mentioned a great skater with huge potential.

There seem to be some concerns about his compete level, but this is a great risk taken by the Rangers. They went for talent and skating on the blue line, something they needed desperately. Day was given “exceptional skater” status in the OHL and allowed to enter the league at just 15 years old. Day instantly becomes one of the top prospects in the Rangers’ system.

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Jun
25

2016 NHL Draft Open Thread – Day Two

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Day One of the 2016 NHL Draft has come and gone. The Rangers were silent amid rumors that they were trying to get back into the first round. Those rumored included some big names like Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Rick Nash, and Derek Stepan. Nothing came to fruition yesterday, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some action today on the Rangers front.

Around the league, Lars Eller went from Montreal to Washington to make room for Andrew Shaw from Chicago. The price for both players was a pair of second round picks. Brian Elliott went from St. Louis to Calgary for a second round pick as well. But the biggest trade of the night was when Arizona acquired Pavel Datsyuk’s contract to move up in the draft. Arizona now has Datsyuk –whom they will suspend when he does not show up for camp, thus not having to pay his salary– and Chris Pronger on the payroll. That’s a cap hit of over $12 million for just $575,000 in real money.

There’s a lot of movement in Day Two, and NHLN usually does a terrible job of covering who actually gets pick. I will be live blogging again, with Rangers moves in bold. Prediction: Rick Nash and Marc Staal get moved today. As the Rangers pick, I’ll be putting in draft rankings from Platinum Seat Ghosts. He basically consolidated all the rankings provided and came up with one general ranking based on that. Nice way of consolidating all the opinions.

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Jun
24

2016 NHL Draft Open Thread – Day One

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The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft is upon us, and it’s already been interesting. Before today, the Rangers traded Keith Yandle’s rights to the Florida Panthers for a 6th round pick this year and a 4th round pick next year. The Panthers then promptly signed him to a massive seven-year deal. The Rangers are also apparently looking to deal both Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, but nothing is imminent.

Around the league, Frederik Anderssen went from Anaheim to Toronto for the 30th overall this year and a 2nd rounder next year. He then signed in Toronto to a five year deal. Alex Goligoski’s rights were traded to Arizona, with Dallas receiving a 5th round pick. Goligoski also signed with his acquiring team.

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Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers are trying to move both Marc Staal and Dan Girardi.

This is certainly an interesting development, as all signs had pointed to one, if not both of them staying. Both are signed to long term deals with big cap hits and no-move clauses, but both carry name brand value.

This could be an interesting draft.

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Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Florida Panthers, who traded for Keith Yandle’s rights just this week, have signed their man to a seven-year deal worth $6.35 million annually. The deal has a no-move through the first six years, and a limited no-trade in the seventh year. To put things in perspective, Yandle makes $635k more than Marc Staal.

Seven years is a lot for a 29 year old defenseman, but Yandle isn’t showing signs of decline yet. The Panthers might have issues with the deal in a few years, but as long as Jaromir Jagr continues to defy the laws of science and aging while signing cheap one-year deals, they might be fine.

With the signing, the Rangers get Florida’s fourth round pick in the 2017 draft, in addition to the sixth rounder they received in this year’s draft.

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The worst kept secret has been confirmed, as the NHL will expand to 31 teams in the 2017-2018 season. Las Vegas is the destination, as has been rumored/basically confirmed for the past few months. The team will play in the Pacific Division. The team paid a record $500 million in expansion fees to the 30 NHL owners, none of which needs to be shared with the players.

More importantly, the expansion draft rules have been finalized. The major points we know: The Rangers can protect 7 forwards, 3 defensemen, and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters and 1 goalie. They can only lose one player to the draft as well. As rumored, any player with a no-move clause must be protected and counts towards the protection list. Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, and Henrik Lundqvist are the players with no-moves. First and second year pros (Brady Skjei, Pavel Buchnevich) are exempt, as are unsigned draft picks.

NHL expansion to Quebec City has been deferred as the city works things out.

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Jun
21

Full Rangers schedule released

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The Rangers have released the full 2016-2017 season schedule:

The Rangers open at home against the Islanders, which is pretty cool and only the 25th time they have opened at home in their history. That’s 90 seasons, 25 times opening at home. Wow.

End of February through March looks like a rough run. They also play 30 games in 61 days in November and December. That should be fun.

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