Updates from the Rangers on Friday

4:45PM: David Quinn spoke on Friday and said (NYR):

  • On how the roster is shaking out, “another game to be played, some decisions to be made, that is for sure.”
  • On the roster for tomorrow, “not sure yet, just throwing things together. Not sure what we will look like tomorrow. We have a skeleton idea of what we want to do tomorrow.”
  • Will Georgiev play the full game, “we’ve talked a little bit, wait till tomorrow.”
  • On Brett Howden, “More experience and more comfortable but guys coming back for their second year, maybe feel a bit added pressure internally because they have expectations within themselves of making it and have another level of success and I think Brett is no different.”
  • How many D will you carry, “that will depend on how they play, I’d like to keep seven, that is probably the number we will like to keep but the evaluation process will take care of itself.”
  • On Brendan Smith at forward, “we put him up there last year and he made a seamless transition. We just put him up there today because of numbers.”
  • Will he play forward tomorrow, “we haven’t even…we just put him up there because we had so many D and we wanted to round out the lines.”
  • On how many roster players to carry, “we prefer to carry 23 because you want to maximize the roster but that might not be the case, we will see.”
  • Does the cap play into that, “no.”
  • On Strome’s spot, “he is versatile enough to do either. Where he plays is probably contingent on how the young guys play.”
  • Can you have too many young guys, “if they deserve to be here based on our roster then they will be here. It’s nice to have experience but sometimes you are not in that position to have a ton of experience.”
  • Can you compete with so many young players, “good thing I coached college hockey…if we think we can with them, they will all stay. That is an answer we will talk about over the next few days.”
  • On faceoffs and the young guys, “I like how we look over the dot now. We have a bit more of an attitude going into faceoffs. Too often in the preaseon we were tip-toeing into them, hoping we would win them, now we look like…a faceoff is a battle and our guys are starting to understand that, especially the younger guys.”
  • Can you win/lose a job in the last game, “yes, based on our situations and where guys are. There are some very difficult decisions we will have to make, you gotta finish. training camp. Someone might do something that keeps them in, takes them out, that is how tight it is at certain positions.”

3:53PM: Steve Fogarty was officially sent to Hartford. The team currently has 17 forwards, 11 defensemen and 3 goalies.

2PM: The Rangers lines at practice today, and likely game group for Saturday, are: (Treff, Cyrgalis, Mercogliano)





  • Vitali Kravtsov, Brett Howden, Filip Chytil
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Lias Andersson, Jesper Fast
  • Brendan Lemieux, Boo Nieves, Vinni Lettieri
  • Micheal Haley, Greg McKegg, Brendan Smith
    • Libor Hajek, Tony DeAngelo
    • Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox
    • Joe Morrow, Tarmo Reunanen
      • Alex Georgiev
      • Igor Shesterkin

Other players and lines skating at practice, but who are not likely to play tomorrow in Bridgeport are (Treff):

  • Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
  • Brady Skjei, Jacob Trouba
  • Marc Staal
  • Henrik Lundqvist

Adam Rotter: It would appear that the Rangers have the following slots locked in to start the season: 1st line (Panarin, Zibanejad, Buchnevich), 2nd line (Kreider, Strome, Kakko), 1st D-Pair (Skjei, Trouba) and goalie tandem (Lundqvist and Georgiev).

As for the rest of the team, on defense it’s almost surely going to be Staal, DeAngelo, Hajek and Fox as four players comprising the second and third pair. It’s probably going to be Staal/DeAngelo and Hajek/Fox it’s not impossible that the pairs swap partners.

Up front it seems like it’s Lias Andersson and Brett Howden following Zibanejad and Strome, but in what order I don’t know. So adding those two in with the six above, plus Namestnikov, Fast, and Lemieux leaves one spot on the wing for Vitali Kravtsov or Filip Chytil. That last spot is in the bottom six but if it’s not on the third line then I think both Chytil and Kravtsov them will be in Hartford and the Rangers can then use Boo Nieves/Greg McKegg or Brendan Smith as the 12th forward. These are all things that will either figure themselves out tomorrow or force the coaching staff into making decisions so that the rangers can enter next week with their game group and get ready for Winnipeg.