The Rangers have announced that they have re-signed winger Brendan Lemieux to a 1-year deal.
The Rangers’ training camp opens tomorrow. Lemieux and Tony DeAngelo were their two RFAs that were unsigned. DeAngelo is now the only one without a contract.
The Rangers acquired Lemieux along with Winnipeg’s first round pick at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for Kevin Hayes.
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford put an end to the recent rumors that the team was considering dealing superstar center Evgeni Malkin.
Rutherford went on to say that both sides were happy and Malkin’s goal is to win in Pittsburgh. Instead the team will focus on adding quality wingers to complete their offense with the hope of returning to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Penguins were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs with a 4-1
series loss to the New York Rangers.
The New York Rangers have officially traded for Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes.
As tweeted by Bob McKenzie, the team gave up Anthony Duclair, John Moore, a 2015 2nd round pick, and a condition 2016 1st round pick for Yandle, Chris Summers, and a 4th in 2015.
The Rangers are clearly looking to win this year, and by picking up Yandle, the team has a much stronger chance of going on a deep playoff run.
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Per both Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, the Rangers have some interest in Tyler Bozak of the Leafs.
Leafs GM Dave Nonis was scouting the Rangers and Flames game Tuesday night.
Dreger says he’s not convinced that Bozak is move, but he’s slowly moving in that direction with each passing day. He says it would take a quality offer for another team to get Bozak from them.
Bozak has 3 years remaining on his contract past 2014-15 at a cap-hit of $4.2 million. He hasn’t been too productive in his career away from Phil Kessel.
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Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the field of interested parties in acquiring Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera is a large one. The Hurricanes, capitalizing on the demand, are asking for a first round pick and a prospect for the pending UFA.
Brooks reports that the Rangers are among the interested teams, and that getting Sekera should be their top priority, above upgrading their bottom-six forwards.
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Elliotte Friedman reports that he believes the Canucks would be interested in Arizona’s Martin Hanzal.
Friedman says Yotes’ GM Don Maloney‘s will likely ask for Bo Horvat plus, an asking price the Canucks would assuredly refuse.
Hanzal, 27, is signed through 2016-17 at a cap-hit of $3.1 million. He will make $3.5 million in salary in each of the next two seasons, however.
Last week, Steve Zipay of New York Newsday suggested that the Rangers should be interested in Hanzal as well, suggesting the (laughable) package of John Moore, J.T. Miller and a mid-round pick.
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Steve Zipay of New York Newsday reports that J.T. Miller is consistently asked about in trade talks with other teams:
It’s a little early to think trades, but every team that talks to the Rangers inquires about J.T. Miller, so presumably he’d be in demand if Blueshirts management wants another star forward.
Where Zipay thinks the Rangers will have room to add “another star forward” is a wonder. The team likely won’t have enough cap space to sign potential UFA forwards in Martin St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello, while signing RFA forwards Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Jesper Fast as well, especially following Marc Staal‘s six-year extension.
Miller hasn’t really endeared himself to head coach Alain Vigneault in his season and a half as Rangers coach, however. If the Rangers can get equal value for Miller, they may consider swapping him for a player who doesn’t irk Vigneault in whatever way Miller does.
The Rangers are close to signing Marc Staal to a six-year extension, according to reports. Bob McKenzie suggests the new deal will be worth about $5.7 million annually.
Staal, 28, has played 501 games with the Rangers in his career, notching 28 goals and 90 assists.