The Rangers begin training camp today with a group of 30 forwards, 20 defensemen and 6 goalies.
That includes unsigned RFA Tony DeAngelo as well as forwards Michael Haley, Connor Brickley and defensemen Mason Geertsen and Joe Morrow that are on pro tryouts.
The players are undergoing medical testing today and are slated to begin on-ice testing on Friday.
The Rangers have players broken into three groups and each group will skate on Saturday and Sunday.
- Group A for the Rangers includes players such as Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Marc Staal, Henrik Lundqvist, Libor Hajek, Lias Andersson, Tony DeAngelo, Pavel Buchnevich, Vlad Namestnikov and Mika Zibanejad.
- Group B includes Jacob Trouba, Chris Kreider, Alex Georgiev, Kaapo Kakko, Filip Chytil and Brady Skjei.
- Group C includes Jesper Fast, Brett Howden, Adam Fox, Igor Shesterkin, Brendan Smith, Brendan Lemieux and Vitali Kravtsov.
The Rangers enter training camp with the following players as:
- UFAs: Chris Kreider, Vlad Namestnikov, Jesper Fast
- RFAs: Ryan Strome, Alex Georgiev
Chris Kreider and Vlad Namestnikov are still with the Rangers and, along with Jesper Fast, are UFAs at the end of the season.
The Rangers preseason schedule is:
- 9/18 vs Devils at MSG
- 9/20 at Devils
- 9/21 at Philly
- 9/24 vs Islanders at MSG
- 9/26 vs Flyers at MSG
- 9/28 vs Islanders in Bridgeport
Adam Rotter: After such an eventful offseason the 2019-20 season, and the second full year of the rebuild begins today. So much of the focus, and rightfully so, will be on the new Rangers (Panarin, Trouba, Kakko, Kravtsov, Fox) but it’s the returning players that are equally, if not more, intriguing.
It starts with Chris Kreider and the surprise that he is even with the Rangers at training camp as he enters the final season of his contract. He is due a big raise from his current cap hit of $4.625 million and, following Panarin and Kakko, it’s just hard to see the Rangers making the kind of seven-year, $7 million per year commitment to him, especially since an extension would likely include serious no-move/no-trade protection. It’s hard to see the Rangers letting Kreider walk as a UFA so at some point, unless he is so determined to stay that he signs a really team friendly deal, he is going to get traded. It’s not ideal as the tearing down aspect of the rebuild, in-regards to core Rangers, should have ended with Mats Zuccarello, but if Kreider isn’t staying then he needs to be moved.
Next up on the intriguing returning player list is the trio of Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil and Brett Howden. Chytil and Howden spent all of last season in the NHL, with the ups and downs you’d expect from rookies/young players and more will be expected of them, specifically consistency, this season. Andersson played half the season in the NHL and as he enters his third-pro season, though only the second of his three-year entry-level contract, expectations will be for him to show that he is NHL ready in the way that he was hyped to be when he was drafted. The issue with this trio is that, unless/until players are moved, there won’t be enough quality ice time at the NHL level so the Rangers will face the on-going dilemma of whether it’s better to have guys play in the bottom six in the NHL or bigger minutes in the AHL.
Goaltending wise it’s likely to be Henrik Lundqvist and Alexander Georgiev to start the year.