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Rangers make second round of cuts

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The Rangers have made their second round of cuts, trimming the roster by four players. Richard Nejezchleb and Travis Oleksuk will be sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Kirill Kabanov and Jayden Hart have been released from their tryouts. This leaves the Rangers with 21 forwards, 14 defensemen, and 4 goalies.

More cuts are expected after tonight’s game, as Alain Vigneault has indicated he wants to get to 18 forwards and 10 or 11 defensemen. A goalie may be cut as well.

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Preseason Game 3: Rangers at Bruins

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The Rangers are in Boston tonight to take on the Bruins in their third preseason game of the season. The Rangers have also announced that cuts will come after this game, and the roster will be trimmed to 18 forwards and 10 or 11 defensemen. Just because a player is in the lineup tonight doesn’t mean he is safe from the cuts. There are at least three players that will likely get the ax tonight.

But before that happens, there is a game to play. The Bruins had a weird offseason. I really don’t know how else to summarize it. Don Sweeney is either a genius or a fool, and there’s really no middle ground here.

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The Rangers tweeted the projected lines and defense pairs for tonight’s preseason game in Boston:

Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Gibbons-Kevin Hayes-Emerson Etem
Tanner Glass-Jarret Stoll-Oscar Lindberg
Marek Hrivik-Adam Tambellini-Ryan Bourque

Ryan McDonagh-Brett Bellemore
Brady Skjei-Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle-Tommy Hughes

Henrik Lundqvist gets the first two periods. Jeff Malcolm will play the third.

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Rangers announce lineup for tomorrow

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The Rangers have announced their lineup for tomorrow’s preseason game against the Bruins.

Forwards: Kevin Hayes, Brian Gibbons, Tanner Glass, Derick Brassard, Oscar Lindberg, Jarret Stoll, Ryan Bourque, Mats Zuccarello, Marek Hrivik, Rick Nash, Adam Tambellini, Emerson Etem

Defense: Dan Boyle, Ryan McDonagh, Brett Bellemore, Tommy Hughes, Brady Skjei, Keith Yandle

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist, Jeff Malcolm

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Rangers make first round of cuts

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Lindberg (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Rangers have made their first round of cuts today, cutting 19 players. Of those 19 players cut, 12 will go to the AHL, six will go to their respective Junior teams, and one will be cut from his tryout.

To the AHL (12): Calle Andersson, Kodie Curran, Cedrick Desjardins, Troy Donnay, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Josh Nicholls, Sam Noreau, Mackenzie Skapski, Michael St. Croix, Nick Tarnasky, Petr Zamorsky

To Juniors (6): Ryan Gropp, Brandon Halverson, Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Brandon Morrison, Sergey Zborovskiy

Released From Tryout (1): Jacob Smith

It’s interesting to me that Ryan Graves made the first round of cuts. It shows how high the organization is on him. Especially since he made the cut over Andersson/Zamorsky.

Don’t over-analyze the Skapski cut too much. He was never starting in the NHL this year. Antti Raanta and Magnus Hellberg are competing for the backup spot. That was always the plan. The Rangers have 43 players remaining in camp.

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Preseason Game 2: Rangers at Flyers

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After an impressive performance last night against the Devils, the Rangers are in Philly to take on a Flyers team that, like the Devils, isn’t expected to make much noise this year. They are certainly more talented, but they are weak on the blue line and have minimal forward depth.

Today’s contest will feature a 3-on-3 overtime period, regardless of the score of the game.

What have they done lately?

The Flyers are not expected to be a playoff team this year. However, they have Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, so they are capable of beating any team on any given night. They aren’t as bad as the Devils.

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Roster for tonight’s preseason game

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The Rangers announced their lineup for tonight’s game:

Goalies: Magnus Hellberg and Antti Raanta

Defense: Dylan McIlrath, Kevin Klein, Raphael Diaz, Brett Bellemore, Ryan Graves, Ryan Mantha, Mat Bodie,

Forwards: J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Luke Adam, Jayson Megna, Oscar Lindberg, Viktor Stalberg, Jarret Stoll, Ryan Bourque, Kirill Kabanov, Richard Nejezchleb, Jayden Hart, Emerson Etem

Per Steve Zipay, the top two lines are Etem-Hayes-Miller and Lindberg-Stoll-Stalberg. Guys playing back to backs are McIlrath, Diaz, Adam, Megna, Stalberg, Lindberg, and Bourque. It is not a coincidence that most of these guys are either on the bubble or kids playing for a roster spot.

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Hockey is officially back. The Rangers opened their preseason last night with a 6-3 victory over the Devils. The fourth line of Jayson Megna, Brian Gibbons, and Luke Adam put on a show, scoring three times. Gibbons had a goal and two assists, and Megna had a pair of goals, one on the powerplay. Since this is the preseason, I’m not going into a goal breakdown, but you can check out all the GIFs from the game at You can also check video highlights on the Videos page.

  • That fourth line looked like they wanted to stay a little longer. They were already written off before the game started, and this was a bit of a statement by them. If anything, Megna and Gibbons earned a longer look in camp.
  • Brady Skjei certainly didn’t look out of place. He made a lot of nice plays with the puck, and one very nice defensive play that started the Oscar Lindberg goal.
  • Dylan McIlrath wasn’t flashy, and I really didn’t notice him that much. He took a penalty with a hit to the head, but he wasn’t really targeting the head. His elbow was in, but he’s 6’5″, and if you hit anyone at that height, it’s going to be in the head. I looked up his stats, and he managed to drive possession (58%) with just 33% OZ starts. Don’t put much stock into single game possession samples in the preseason though, was just something I looked up.

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Preseason Game 1: Devils at Rangers

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Hockey is finally back. The Rangers are at home to take on the Devils tonight in their preseason opener. While the game may be meaningless, there are battles to be fought and roster spots to be won. Five players in the lineup tonight are fighting for a roster spot, and most eyes tonight will be on them.

Dan Boyle was scheduled to be in the lineup tonight, but he is being replaced by Kevin Klein. No updates have been given, but what has been made public is that the switch was due to a family issue.

What have they done lately?

The Devils are not expected to be good this year, and are likely going to be cellar dwellers this year. But they do have talent, a solid netminder, and a new coach.

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Skjei (Photo: Blueshirts United)

Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers practiced with the below lines in anticipation of tonight’s preseason opener against the Devils.

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Viktor Stalberg
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Marek Hrivik
Ryan Bourque-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast
Brian Gibbons-Jayson Megna-Luke Adam

Keith Yandle-Dylan McIlrath
Brady Skjei-Dan Boyle
Chris Summers-Raphael Diaz

I’m intrigued by this Yandle-McIlrath pairing. When I saw the roster for tonight’s game, I thought that could be an interesting pairing, if it happened. Also very excited to see how Skjei does with Boyle. Both excel greatly at moving the puck.

At forward, that third line of Bourque-Lindberg-Fast should be fun to watch. All three are solid skaters, and could eat up inferior competition.

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