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The lines at practice today were revealed by the Rangers, and it may have provided some insight to Alain Vigneault’s thought process.

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Rick Nash-Filip Chytil-Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-JT Miller
Jimmy Vesey-David Desharnais-Paul Carey
Andrew Desjardins-Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh-Kevin Shattenkirk
Brady Skjei-Brendan Smith
Marc Staal-Tony DeAngelo
Nick Holden-Steven Kampfer

Right off the bat, we see that Chytil has forced his way onto this roster. He’s being put in a position to succeed, between two great veteran players with tremendous offensive instincts. It’s nice to see the KZB line return as well.

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The Rangers have trimmed the roster by seven players, with kids being some primary cuts that will make some unhappy. Ryan Graves, Neal Pionk, Vinny Lettieri, and Boo Nieves have all been sent to Hartford. Matt Puempel will go on waivers at noon, and presuming he clears, will join them.

Lias Andersson will return to Frolunda in Sweden for this season. I find it funny that we all penciled him into the lineup, but it was Chytil who impressed more than Andersson. That’s not to say he wasn’t good, but Chytil forced his way onto the roster.

Bobby Farnham has been released from his PTO.

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The preseason is over for the Rangers, however there are still 32 players remaining in camp for only 23 spots. There are difficult decisions to be made. What will happen to Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson? Neal Pionk and Tony DeAngelo? Ryan Graves and Boo Nieves? Marc Staal and Nick Holden?

Those last two certainly don’t fit the young and fast mold that the Rangers are trying to build. It doesn’t help that they both had terrible preseasons and were routinely outplayed by the youngest, faster, more skilled youth. Yet here we are, a day removed from the final preseason game, and they are still around.

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Halverson and Fontaine sent to Hartford

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The next round of cuts is in, and it’s two obvious ones. Goalie Brandon Halverson and forward Gabriel Fontaine were sent to Hartford. Fontaine had a strong preseason, but could certainly benefit from a year of pro hockey. Halverson was always destined for the AHL, but could be the first call up if need be.

The Rangers are left with 32 players in camp. There are still a few gimme’s as cuts, but there are some difficult decisions ahead.

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So I couldn’t watch last night’s preseason finale, and I figured it would be a perfect time to do the season premiere of the Twitter breakdowns. So without further ado…

May as well start with the defense, and Kevin is right on the money here. I expect Pionk to be in this conversation over Staal at some point, but it seems inevitable that Staal makes the team. Holden as the 7D.

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The Rangers wrap up the preseason tonight in Philadelphia, fresh off their OT win last night. There are still 34 players in camp, which is an unusually large number for this late in the preseason, but that’s what happens with so many roster spots available and a good amount of kids seemingly ready to make the jump.

Most of the kids have either had their final look or will get their final look tonight. I fully expect the Rangers to go the youth route at forward, but the defense still remains to be seen. The kids have outplayed the veterans (Staal/Holden), but will AV see it that way?

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Roster for tonight’s preseason finale

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The roster for tonight’s preseason finale has been released:

Forward: JT Miller, Kevin Hayes, Bobby Farnham, Boo Nieves, Jimmy Vesey, Paul Carey, Michael Grabner, David Desharnais, Gabriel Fontaine, Filip Chytil, Pavel Buchnevich, Vinni Lettieri

Defense: Brendan Smith, Neal Pionk, Steven Kampfer, Ryan Graves, Brady Skjei, Tony DeAngelo

Goalie: Ondrej Pavelec, Brandon Halverson

With so many kids in the hunt, I find it hard to believe that guys like Farnham, Carey, and Kampfer will make the club, but what do I know? There are some sure-fire cuts to expect, but there are also a ton of tough decisions before the next 10 cuts come.

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The Rangers host the Flyers tonight in their fifth preseason game of the year. The club is getting close to their NHL roster, although there are still a good amount of question marks on the bottom six and the bottom pairing. This is the first time we get to see McDonagh and Shatty on the same pairing though.

I’m still amazed that Kampfer is part of the discussion. Considering all the options, he really shouldn’t be. But what do I know. The guys to watch tonight are Chytil, Andersson, Nieves, and Lettieri. Also keep an eye on DeAngelo.

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Rangers cut another four from camp

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The Rangers have cut another four players from the training camp roster. Daniel Catenacci, Cole Schneider, and Brandon Crawley have been sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Scott Kosmachuk was released from his PTO and assigned to Hartford as well.

This leaves the Rangers with 34 players in camp. They have a need to get down to 23 before the season begins, so there are some tough decisions ahead.

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The lineup for tonight against the Flyers has been revealed:

Based on numerous beat writers, the play of Nieves, Andersson, Chytil, and Lettieri has really intrigued the coaching staff. So much so that Steve Zipay noted that JT Miller will start the season on the wing, where he belongs.

Perhaps this is why we didn’t see a trade for a forward, as the Rangers wanted to see what they had internally. There’s a lot of competition, which is always a good thing. I’m intrigued by the possibilities.

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