Archive for Lineup Changes
The Rangers closed out their exhibition schedule last night, dropping the finale to the Flyers, 4-2. With all the competition in camp, it has certainly been an interesting pre-season. After Wednesday’s cuts, the Rangers sit at 28 remaining players in camp. As we all sit with baited breathe to see if we are stuck with yet another full season of Tanner Glass, I’m going to lay out my cuts and ideal opening night roster.
This is all for fun and will probably differ, not only from what the club will actually do, but also, these things will change and evolve as the season goes along.
Much to the dismay of about half of Rangers fandom, the Keith Yandle era is over in New York. After dealing his rights to the Florida Panthers for a sixth and conditional fourth round pick on Monday, the Cats came to terms with Yandle on a seven-year/$44.45m contract yesterday. His deal includes a no movement clause for the first six (!) years of the deal, with a modified no-trade clause in year seven.
We all knew going into his big contract that Yandle would not come cheap. We also knew that his gross misuse over the past season would likely lead to his exit. The cap hit for the deal is a pretty representative $6.35m, but it was the term that really knocked me over. I certainly did not expect Yandle to get max term, but in a barren waste land of free agency and Alex Goligoski already off the board, I feel like the Panthers did what they had to do. Read More→
Per Brett Cyrgalis, it looks like Eric Staal might be a healthy scratch tomorrow. Staal is not rotating with the top-six, and the bottom-six does not have him in the rotation. This could just be a coy maneuver by Alain Vigneault, however. The top-six are the same, and the bottom-six look like this:
If Eric Staal is sitting for Tanner Glass, I have no idea what to say.
Some notes from practice today, and there were a bunch of them:
- Mats Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg will not play tomorrow in Detroit. They are both “dealing with lower body issues.”
- Oscar Lindberg will be back in the lineup. A call up from Hartford is also expected.
- No surprise here, Antti Raanta will be in net for the Rangers tomorrow. Giving Henrik Lundqvist rest is much needed, considering the workload this year.
- Dan Girardi will be ready for the playoffs. Neither he nor Ryan McDonagh (hand) skated at practice.
Some new lines from practice today, per the Rangers Twitter:
Oscar Lindberg is again the healthy scratch.
Antti Raanta will start in Montreal. I’d expect him to get two more starts down the stretch to keep Hank fresh.
Rick Nash didn’t practice, and it appears that Oscar Lindberg was the fill-in, meaning he will be the scratch.
Per Steve Zipay, Alain Vigneault switched up the lines at practice to account for the return of Rick Nash and the absence of Derick Brassard. Nash had been out for about six weeks with a bone contusion, and Brassard is now out with flu like symptoms. The lines were adjusted, and we appear to be getting the long-awaited Nash-Eric Staal combination.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and perhaps it is surprising that the Rangers did not make any additional moves to bolster their roster for a playoff run. Jeff Gorton was adamant about trying to upgrade the fourth line and penalty kill, but in the end no deals were made today.
While all the madness, or lack thereof, the Rangers had a morning skate. Eric Staal will play tonight, likely at center. Jesper Fast was out due to illness. If he can’t go, Dylan McIlrath will likely play forward.
Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are devoting today’s practice to the powerplay, with the below new units:
It’s good to see Yandle on PP1, along with their hottest player right now in Miller. My guess is that Rick Nash would replace Lindberg when healthy, but what do I know?
Per Steve Zipay, the newly recalled Jayson Megna will play tonight, and Tanner Glass will be the healthy scratch. This isn’t a surprise, as Megna wasn’t recalled to be scratched, and Paille wasn’t signed to be scratched. Lines were unconfirmed.
Dylan McIlrath is also playing, which isn’t a surprise.