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The Rangers will be making their final round of cuts by Friday, and it is expected that the roster will be down to 23 players by that point. While the only apparently certainty is that Jayson Megna will be cut, there are plenty of other options for the Rangers. They can make a trade or two to free up cap space and roster space for kids. They can also subject some players to waivers.

But beyond who makes it, there are other roster decisions to be made. By my count, only six forward roles and five defensemen roles have been set. That means there are a lot of areas that need to be addressed before opening night.

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The Rangers closed out the preseason with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins, ending the preseason with a 4-1-1 record. Preseason records don’t necessarily mean much, but you can tell a lot about the Rangers from this preseason (which we will get to, I promise). The team will travel to West Point for some bonding before heading to Chicago to open the season. Here are the bullet points from last night’s game.

  • Dylan McIlrath better make this team, and he better play. He’s certainly earned it. As I’ve said, and as everyone who writes for this blog has said, if he can do what Klein does, at $2.3 million less, then it’s a no-brainer. We already know he can do what Tanner Glass does.
  • Speaking of Klein and Glass, I know I only caught the last two periods, but I didn’t really notice them that much. I could be biased though since I am specifically watching for McIlrath.
  • There was one play that I saw from Raphael Diaz that stuck with me. The puck was behind the Rangers net late in the first with the Bruins pressuring. Diaz lost his balance, but was able to dive and get the puck across to Dan Girardi. It was one of those solid plays that went unnoticed.
  • As for Diaz’s game, I thought he was solid. Good puck decisions. Moved the puck well on the powerplay. Made a few miscues positionally in his own end, but nothing that would be deemed glaring.
  • Viktor Stalberg and J.T. Miller went straight to the net for the Stalberg goal (the Ryan McDonagh shot). Good to see someone other than Chris Kreider in front.

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Sep
30

Preseason Game 6: Bruins at Rangers

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The Rangers are home tonight to take on the Bruins in their preseason finale. With at least two cuts looming, all four guys on the bubble are in the lineup looking to prove they belong. Ice time will paint a picture for us tonight, and a few Rangers from last year may find themselves on the wrong side of the ax.

As for the Bruins, well they 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. They aren’t dressing an NHL lineup tonight, but that’s what happens when both Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg are hurt.

What have they done lately?

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Sep
29

Lineup for tomorrow’s preseason finale

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The Rangers have released their roster for tomorrow’s preseason finale against the Bruins:

Forwards: J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Tanner Glass, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg, Viktor Stalberg, Jarret Stoll, Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash, Emerson Etem

Defense: Dan Girardi, Dylan McIlrath, Kevin Klein, Marc Staal, Raphael Diaz, Ryan McDonagh

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist, Antti Raanta

 

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When the lineup for last night’s victory against the Flyers was released, there were a few questions regarding the choices Alain Vigneault made. The major questions were regarding the choice to sit both Tanner Glass and Kevin Klein, despite all signs pointing to the duo competing for roster spots.

Glass is competing with Jarret Stoll for a 4th line/13F spot on the roster. Stoll played last night on the fourth line with Dominic Moore, who will likely be on the fourth line as well. It makes sense that AV is trying to see who performs better in that specific role. That said, expect Glass to get into the lineup during tomorrow’s finale against Boston.

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The Rangers showed some moxy last night, erasing a 2-0 lead in the third period on goals from Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider to force overtime. Then it was the Keith Yandle show, as he forced a turnover, turned that into a penalty shot, then scored on the penalty shot to give the Rangers a win. It was definitely a nice win, even if it was preseason.

  • Dylan McIlrath is going to force a Kevin Klein trade at some point. I only caught the second half of the game, but what I saw was a poised defensemen who was calm with the puck. He’s not perfect, but he’s not the kid that runs everyone over and hangs his partner out to dry. If he can do what Klein does –I think he can do more– at less than half the cost, then it’s worth trading him for futures.
  • Keith Yandle is really, really good.
  • It was nice seeing the crowd that into it for a playoff game. Crowds like that all season long would be a refreshing change.
  • Dan Girardi giveth, Dan Girardi taketh. Girardi did a nice job finding open space for the first goal, but he also lost Wayne Simmonds on Philly’s second goal. Worth noting that the goal came on a Jarret Stoll faceoff loss.
  • Why is it important to note the faceoff loss? Because everyone seems to think Stoll is a god-send because of faceoffs. He loses some too, you know.

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Sep
28

Preseason Game 5: Flyers at Rangers

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The rosters are taking shape, and the Rangers are down to their last few decisions to make. Dylan McIlrath and Jarret Stoll will get looks tonight in what could be their roles as regulars while Tanner Glass and Kevin Klein watch from above. It wouldn’t shock me to see Glass and Klein in for the preseason finale, as these four are in direct competition for those final spots.

As for the Flyers, they are also dressing a roster that resembles an NHL lineup. Their defense is highly questionable, but the duo of Giroux-Voracek is always dangerous. Steve Mason is pretty solid in net.

What have they done lately?

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Over the weekend, the New York Rangers cut the roster to 25 players. In doing so, a lot of questions were answered about the makeup of the opening day roster. Brady Skjei will spend some time in Hartford. Brian Gibbons, despite his solid preseason, will also open the season in Hartford. The only apparent guarantee is that Jayson Megna gets cut, which means there are very few question marks remaining.

Kevin Klein, Dylan McIlrath, or Raphael Diaz?

Two of the above three will make the team, but if Alain Vigneault has his way, all three will make the team. McIlrath has been a pleasant surprise this preseason, as it was do or die for the former first round pick. He has certainly out-performed Klein, whose contract may become a hindrance rather than a luxury. But the Rangers can fit all three under the salary cap, assuming other roster moves are made first.

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Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are scratching Oscar Lindberg, Tanner Glass, Jayson Megna, Raphael Diaz, and Kevin Klein tonight. The lines for tonight look like Alain Vigneault is doing some of his patented tinkering:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
J.T. Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Jesper Fast-Kevin Hayes-Viktor Stalberg
Jarret Stoll-Dominic Moore-Emerson Etem

Keith Yandle-Dylan McIlrath
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi

Henrik Lundqvist/Antti Raanta

I find it interesting that McIlrath is getting a look alongside Yandle. There are two things that come to mind here. First is that if it works, is Kevin Klein’s future as a Ranger in jeopardy? Second is that if it works, will they look to rotate eight defensemen to get some of the older veterans some rest?

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The Rangers have announced their next round of cuts, trimming the roster to 25 players. Brady Skjei highlights the cuts, and while he likely deserves to have a bit of a longer look, the fact that he is waiver exempt meant he was going to Hartford from the start barring a ridiculous camp. Others cut are Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Chris Summers, Magnus Hellberg, Mat Bodie, and Brian Gibbons.

Gibbons, Bourque, Summers, and Adam will all need to clear waivers. Bourque might get claimed, but we say that every year.

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