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October is coming. Here we are, eager fans just waiting for some hockey to watch on a nice fall or winter night. With Derek Stepan now signed longterm we are getting closer to hockey on the TV. The question is; Are the New York Rangers done making moves?
The Rangers currently have 48 contracts signed (50 is the limit) and while there are still some questions surrounding how the Rangers replace the goals lost from Martin St. Louis’ retirement there are some quality unrestricted free agents still on the market such as; Right handed center Mike Santorelli, right wingers Brad Boyes and Steve Bernier, as well as quality winger Jiri Tlusty. Of course the Rangers are up against the salary cap with just under a million dollars left in cap space, so these are all players that would be interesting adds to the team if they want another forward either on a cheap contract or maybe even a pre-season tryout deal.
That said, I am not going to talk about the remaining possible additions to the New York Rangers’ roster, instead I will discuss other possible organizational adds.
The Baby Rangers kicked off the Traverse City tournament by taking on the Baby Stars, falling 4-3 in overtime on a goal by Brett Ritchie. The Rangers were up 3-1 heading into the third period with a five minute powerplay, but could not keep the Stars from tying the game. Here’s the stat line for the kids:
- Ryan Haggerty: 1 G
- Josh Nicholls: -1, 2 PIM
- Paxton Leroux: 1 A, +1, 7 PIM
- Troy Donnay: 2 PIM
- Bryan Moore: -1
- Kevin Hayes: -2
- Anthony Duclair: -1
- Chris McCarthy: -1
- Ryan Mantha: -2
- Keegan Iverson: -1, 2 PIM
- Daniel Walcott: 1 A
- Sam Noreau: 1 G, +1
- Adam Tambellini: -1, 2 PIM
- Nathan Burns: +1
- Richard Nejezchleb: 1 G
- Mat Bodie: 1 A
- Petr Zamorsky: -2
- Brandon Halverson: 30 shots, 26 saves
The Rangers prospects kick off the Traverse City Tournament tonight, taking on the Baby Starts tonight at 7pm EST. The Rangers have the following lines for the game, with more lines expected to come before the game:
Brandon Halverson will get the start
As more information becomes available, we will update this post. Blueshirts United will have highlights from the games, but they won’t be televised. However, the Rangers-Sabres game on Saturday will be live-streamed on Sabres.com, per Steve Zipay.
Newly signed prospect Kevin Hayes has been added to the Traverse City roster for this year’s tournament. He will join the 14 other forwards when the tournament begins in September. Hayes, a former first round pick of the Blackhawks, was signed by the Rangers this week after the Hawks failed to sign him before the August 15 deadline.
The Rangers have announced their 2014 Traverse City Tournament roster. The 23-man roster includes drafted players, undrafted UFAs signed last year, and undrafted invitees getting a look by the organization.
Nathan Burns, Anthony Duclair, Ryan Haggerty, Keegan Iverson, Michael Kantor, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Bryan Moore, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Michael St. Croix, Adam Tambellini
Per Mike Morreale, the Rangers will participate in the Traverse City Tournament again this year. The Rangers have participated in this tournament since 2008 (I believe), excluding the lockout year. Last year the Rangers prospects didn’t have a good showing, getting bounced before the elimination round.
The tournament is open to most prospects (those playing overseas or in the NCAA do not play). Last year’s roster will likely be augmented with the 2014 draftees.
The baby Rangers ended their Traverse City tournament on a high note, beating the baby Wild by a score of 5-2. Jesper Fast and Andrew Yogan notched a pair of goals a piece, with Danny Kristo also chipping in with a goal. Kristo also recorded an assist, along with Oscar Lindberg (2), Josh Nicholls, Anthony Duclair, and Connor Allen. Jeff Malcolm made 15 saves in the dominating win. You can check the full game box score here.
Lindberg and Kristo led the team in scoring, each notching seven points (Lindberg: 5-2-7; Kristo: 2-5-7). Yogan (3-0-3), Fast (2-1-3), and Nicholls (2-1-3) were tied for third on the team in scoring. Allen (0-2-2), Graves (1-0-1), St. Croix (0-1-1), Oligny (0-1-1, and Duclair (0-1-1) also recorded points for the Rangers.
Both goaltenders were pretty bad in the tournament, as Malcolm (1-0-1, 3.85 GAA, .857 SV%) and MacKenzie Skapski (0-2-0, 4.00 GAA, .867 SV%) struggled mightily.
I’m not big on +/-, but it’s worth noting that forwards Klarc Wilson (-7) and JT Barnett (-6) appeared to have some issues containing the opposition. On the physical end of things, Allen (once), Wilson (once), Paxton Leroux (thrice), and Troy Donnay (twice) all dropped the gloves during the tournament. You can check full team stats here.
The Baby Rangers dropped to 0-3 in this year’s Traverse City Tournament, losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-2. Goals were scored by Oscar Lindberg (5th of the tournament) and Josh Nicholls. Assists came from Danny Kristo and Connor Allen. Lindberg (5 G) and Kristo (1 , 4 A) are tied for 5th in the tournament in scoring. With the loss, it appears the Rangers are eliminated from competition, but I may have read the schedule incorrectly. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for tomorrow, but with their 0-2-1 record, it seems likely that the Rangers will not be participating.
For full team stats, check out PointStreak.com and their listings here.
Oscar Lindberg notched a hat trick this afternoon, increasing his goal total to four as the Rangers fell to the Sabres in overtime by a score of 6-5. Danny Kristo added a goal and two assists as well, increasing his line to 1-3-4 in two games. The 5-3-8 line between Kristo and Lindberg is more goals and points than everyone else on the baby Blueshirts roster combined.
Josh Graves scored the fifth and final goal for the Rangers. You can see the full game recap here.
The Rangers prospects took the ice for the first of four games this afternoon in Traverse City, losing to the baby ‘Canes 4-3. The baby Blueshirts scored twice on the powerplay (Josh Nicholls, Oscar Lindberg) and once at even strength (team captain Andrew Yogan). Assists were registered by Jimmy Oligny, Danny Kristo, Jesper Fast, and Michael St. Croix.