Friedman: Rangers have interest in Andrej Sekera

Per Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers have expressed interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera. Sekera, a left-handed shot, had a career year last season, putting up 11-33-44 with a poor Hurricanes squad. This season, Sekera has four assists in nine games, but is still on pace for about 40 points. At $2.75 million this season, the Rangers can actually fit…

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Report: Kevin Hayes makes the Rangers

Per BC Hockey Blog, the same blog that broke the news about Chris Kreider signing his ELC (hey, one for one so far), Kevin Hayes has been informed that he has made the opening night roster for the Rangers. Hayes had a strong preseason, and it appears that the injury to Derek Stepan cleared his path to the opening night…

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Report: Anthony Duclair makes opening night roster

Per Blueshirt Banter, citing Jeremy Filosa, Anthony Duclair has made the opening night roster for the Rangers, and it will be confirmed tomorrow. Duclair played in five of the six Ranger preseason games, putting up three goals and two assists while holding his own without the puck. Duclair shot 30% during these five games, so that scoring rate will likely…

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Friedman: Rangers trying to move a contract

Per Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers are trying to dump a contract via trade to make room for Anthony Duclair, should he make the club out of camp. Duclair is playing incredibly well, and the Rangers have nothing to lose by keeping him around as long as he earns it (his ELC clock starts this year regardless). However, since they are…

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Brooks: Marc Staal contract rumors

Per Larry Brooks, the initial negotiations for a Marc Staal contract have begun. Per Brooks, Staal is looking for around $6 million on a 6-7 year deal, while the Rangers are looking to give Staal a Dan Girardi-esque deal: Staal, who will turn 28 in January, is believed to be seeking a six- or seven-year deal in the neighborhood of…

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Rangers “pretty sure” they will have John Moore signed

The lone item remaining on the Rangers to-do list this summer is getting RFA defenseman John Moore under contract for the season. Jeff Gorton, via USA Today, said he is “pretty sure” the Rangers will get him under contract before the season starts: “We like John a lot, just trying to get him signed,” Gorton said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll…

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Conflicting reports on NHL expansion adds fuel to fire

Yesterday, Howard Bloom notedĀ that the NHL was looking to expand to four cities: Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec City, and Toronto (second team). This was not the NHL looking to move a franchise or two, but full-blown expansion to 34 teams by 2017. Las Vegas was actually confirmed by multiple sources, and it makes sense if you read between the lines…

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Quickly addressing these Ryan Malone rumors

In case you missed it, the Rangers blog-o-sphere picked up a story from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune saying the Rangers had been speaking to Ryan Malone. Usually this is something we would post here, but the problem is that the article is from August 21, one day after the Rangers landed Kevin Hayes. The article also explicitly talks…

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Rangers get their man, sign Kevin Hayes

Per Danny Picard, the Rangers got their man, signing BC forward Kevin Hayes to a two-year entry-level contract. Hayes, Chicago’s first round pickĀ  in 2010, chose not to sign with Chicago by the August 15 deadline, making him a free agent. Hayes cited that he wanted a chance to play immediately, and it was something Chicago could not offer due…

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Can the Rangers realistically land Kevin Hayes?

At midnight last night, forward Kevin Hayes –Chicago’s first round pick (#24) in 2010– officially became a free agent. Hayes cited Chicago’s depth at forward as the reason why he chose free agency. He wants to play right away, and Chicago appears to be set at forward this year. The Rangers have been linked to Hayes, as they love targeting…

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