Archive for Preseason
Preseason is over and the 2016-17 NHL regular season is under a week away. At this point we’ve got a decent look at what this year’s Rangers squad might look like and how they’ll perform on ice. Almost as important however is that we’ve got a decent look at what new General Manager Jeff Gorton’s philosophy behind the scenes will mean on-ice for this team.
Let’s start with the biggest move he made all summer. Gorton waited until shortly after the draft to make a one-for-one swap with the Ottawa Senators, sending fan favorite Derick Brassard up north in exchange for Mika Zibanejad. With this move the Rangers got younger and faster, in addition to opening up some much needed salary cap room. On the ice, we’ve already seen this move pay off, with Zibanejad’s speed and one-timer being much needed additions to the Rangers’ toolbox, in addition to the fact tat Chris Kreider looks like he’s finally got the freedom to be the player he should be on Zibanejad’s wing.
As expected, the Rangers have waived forward Tanner Glass. With all the offseason moves made, Glass’ spot was already in question. The preseason performances of Brandon Pirri, Pavel Buchnevich, and Jimmy Vesey put his role further in doubt. With Josh Jooris signed to provide some improved skill and penalty killing, it seemed all but a certainty that Glass would be waived.
Glass has been a hot topic over the past three years, but there’s no doubting that this year he was outplayed by everyone who has made the roster. Nathan Gerbe also joins him on waivers, having been outplayed by a number of players.
Gabriel Fontaine returns to his CHL team. Nieves would have been cut a while ago, but stuck around due to injury.
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.
The end of the preseason is upon us, and for the first time in a while, the Rangers still have significant questions regarding training camp battles. Every player fighting for a battle –that the coaches need to evaluate further. They know what Tanner Glass brings– is in the lineup tonight.
Boo Nieves is in the lineup tonight, which is a bit of a surprise. It’s been assumed that he was hurt in camp, which is why he has stuck around so long. Logic suggests AV wants a look at the kid in a game, which is why he’s out there tonight.
As expected, the Rangers have placed Magnus Hellberg on waivers. Hellberg was always destined for Hartford with Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta in the fold for this year. Waivers is a formality. It’s unlikely he is claimed.
The Rangers have released the lines for tonight’s preseason finale against the Flyers:
In addition to the recent cuts of Marek Hrivik, Nicklas Jensen, Mat Bodie, Chris Summers, and Maxim Lapierre, the Rangers have announced four more cuts. John Gilmour, Mackenzie Skapski, Ryan Graves, and Malte Stromwall have all been sent to Hartford. None of these four will require waivers.
The Rangers have 29 players remaining in camp, with one more preseason game to go. Of those 29, two are Boo Nieves and Gabriel Fontaine, who are injured. They won’t make the team, so it’s just 27 players remaining.
The Rangers have waived Marek Hrivik and Nicklas Jensen as part of the next round of cuts. Jensen’s cut was somewhat expected, however cutting Hrivik, who has had a strong preseason, is a bit of a surprise. I was hoping Hrivik would get a longer look, but with Josh Jooris and Nathan Gerbe, I guess that was a pipe dream. Both, if they clear, will go to Hartford.
Naturally, this means Tanner Glass is still on the roster for the time being.
Boy was this a boring game. The Isles and Rangers played like they knew it was preseason, except the Rangers played like that with half the lineup fighting for a spot on the roster. I find that to be frustrating, but it’s the fourth game in six nights, so it is what it is. Not many Rangers impressed last night with cuts looming.
- Way too many people make something out of who has the ‘A’ in a preseason game. This is the second time Glass has had the ‘A’ and people freaked out. Relax. It’s the preseason.
- The Rangers didn’t really get much going. They were bland offensively, didn’t gain the zone often, and were just unable to get shots off. Considering there were two lines that could be dressing next week, that’s not that good.
- There were a lot of defensive miscues and odd man rushes given up. Says a lot about the defensemen that were playing, as three of them are on the bubble. All of Brady Skjei, Adam Clendening, and Dylan McIlrath had rough games. John Gilmour too, but we always knew he was headed to Hartford anyway.
The roster is beginning to take shape for the Rangers, as they are left with 36 players in camp. Tonight likely represents the last chance for some bubble players to make a positive impression on the coaching staff. It’s also likely the last game for players destined to go to the AHL who earned longer looks, like Robin Kovacs.
The Isles are dressing most of their NHL forwards tonight, so expect a decent amount of pressure on the Rangers defense. This could be the game where we see how well Adam Clendening can perform against NHL regulars, and if he truly belongs in the top-six. Only time will tell.