2019-20 Rangers

All of the Rangers updates from Monday

8PM: Jeff Gorton spoke on Monday and said (NYR):

  • On the day, “This is one of the toughest days in hockey there is, for management and coaches to sit with players and tell them they aren’t on our team. We explained to everybody that opening day is one day of the season and sometimes we put too much stock into one day. Things happen quickly in this business, the team we have is for now and we look forward to Winnipeg.”
  • On Chytil, “We had those conversations, with Fil in particular, a player that was here for the whole year. At 20-years old, the way we looked at it was that he wasn’t in our top-nine right now and we weren’t prepared to put him on our fourth line. He is better served playing in Hartford, top-line, big minutes, PP, playing the middle. We went through all of those scenarios and talked to Fil about it, he’s disappointed but took it like a pro. Anyone we brought in today wasn’t leaving with a smile, we understand that. It’s a hard league to make but those are the decisions we made today.”
  • “I think Lias really helped himself in the last few games, to put himself over the top.”
  • On Ryan Lindgren, “With him, we looked at the first couple of weeks coming here and we aren’t going to have a lot of games and he wasn’t going to be in our top-six right and we felt like getting him to Hartford and playing. He had a real good game, played well against the Islanders, trending in the right direction and I think he’s going to push and I’d expect that we see Ryan sooner than later.”
  • “It’s hard for a guy like Fil, who has been here a year, to tell him that he is going down but at 20-years old, what we could do for Fil and what is best for him, we had those conversations several times. My staff, Quinny’s staff and we just felt like it was the right decision right now.”
  • On Kravtsov, “highly skilled guy that is a young player and trying to figure out North American hockey. Flashes of really good things, especially on the PP – we can all see his skill and thinking and hands. I don’t think he is too far away, but I think 20-minutes is a better service to him than 7-8-9 minutes and not knowing if he’s going to be in the lineup. Those are the conversations we had and decisions we made.”
  • Was there ever a doubt on Kakko, “no, not really. From the moment we saw him in Traverse City, even though he was sick, the kind of performance that he had. To see him in practice everyday, you could see that he is ready to help us right now.”
  • On Adam Fox, “early on he opened eyes, when you make a trade like we did we had high hopes and hope that he makes it sooner than later but from the moment he went to Traverse City and how he played, he never fell off, in fact he has looked really comfortable in camp and in games, the way he carries himself on the ice, you get the feel of a real mature player and someone who is ready to help us now. You have questions about a smaller defenseman but you watch him in the games and he’s competitive and finds ways to be good defensively. We are excited he is going to be on our team and what he can add to our group.”
  • On Micheal Haley, “With Micheal we are moving towards signing him to a two-way deal here. I think having him in the organization, looking at Saturday night and the different type of things he brings in hockey. He brings a different blend of something we need more of, his competitive edge and ability to go on the ice and change the complexion in a different way with a check or being physical. Just having that guy in the organization will help us, our team, our kids, our group. We will see how it spins out, where he’s going to be whether it’s here or Hartford.”
  • On any talk with Kreider about an extension, “no, right now I haven’t talked to Chris or Matt Keator lately. We had some conversations over the summer and right now we will let him play hockey and let those things work itself out.”
  • On Brendan Smith, “with Smitty, he gives us some flexibility because he can play both positions and I think he had a good camp, he has come back and played pretty well on the back end, played pretty good at forward. We know a lot about Brendan and what he can do and, as a team working on some cap issues here and there, provides some flexibility at both positions.”

David Quinn spoke on Monday and said (NYR):

  • On Chytil, “We were clear to all of these guys that they were going to have to make the team this year. Fil is a great prospect that we think very highly of. I know people may read into this but this is part of the maturation of a 20-year old and instead of sitting up here and maybe being in and out of the lineup, going down there and playing center, PP, all those minutes, it’s going to help his development.”
  • What was missing from Chytil, “things we’ve talked about before, understanding how competitive he’s going to have to be on pucks consistently, faceoffs, responsibilities defensively, when a decision needs to be made, are you on offense or defense, his feel for the game in general and that comes from playing a lot and growing as a player and right now we feel it’s the best spot for him to do that.”
  • On Chytil as a center or wing up here, “the position, in my opinion, doesn’t matter for him. These are things that are just hockey related as opposed to position.”
  • On Lias Andersson, “Lias got better and better as the camp went on and earned his opportunity here.”
  • On Micheal Haley, “he’s in our organization and we are glad to have him in our organization. If you look at our division and what went on the other night, there is a need for that type of player and the thing that I’ve been impressed with him is how smart he is. Guy has a great feel for the game, very coachable and he’s earned this opportunity to be in our organization. It’s not just the Islanders, there are a bunch of heavy teams that play with a physical edge and we don’t want to be vulnerable.”
  • On Kakko, “my expectations were really high and he has met them, so I’m not surprised he is the player that he is. I love what he does away from the rink, how he carries himself, how coachable he is. A lot to love about him.”
  • On other young players, “they earned their opportunity. Howden got better as camp went on, I thought Fox, from the get-go, was really good out in Traverse City and then you wonder if he can do it at this level and he certainly has. Libor had that five-game stretch last year where he was very good and then I felt he was good in camp.”
  • Was Hajek/Lindgren down to the wire, “I wouldn’t say down to the wire but Ryan Lindgren is a great prospect for us and I thought he had a really good camp. Again, instead of being in and out here, which he easily could have done, we think it’s beneficial for him to go down and play valuable minutes in all situations.”
  • On Kravtsov, “he came a long way since Traverse, and this is a mans league and he and I have talked about the difference between here and the KHL and how much faster and physical it is and I liked how each game he became more engaged and physical and his pace got better and better, but for a guy who wouldn’t be in the top-nine, it’s better for his development that he is down there playing in a very good league, being coached by our staff down there, we feel very confident with what is going on in Hartford, that he is going to really benefit from his time down there.”

1:50PM: The Rangers announced on Monday that that Filip Chytil, Vitali Kravtsov, Vinni Lettieri, Ryan Lindgren and Igor Shesterkin have been sent to Hartford.


Boo Nieves is being placed on waivers with the intent of him going to Hartford.

Joe Morrow has been released from his PTO and Tarmo Reunanen has been loaded to Lukko in Finland.

The Rangers current 22-player roster to start the season is:

  • Forwards (13): Lias Andersson, Pavel Buchnevich, Jesper Fast, Micheal Haley, Brett Howden, Kaapo Kakko, Chris Kreider, Brendan Lemieux, Greg McKegg, Vladislav Namestnikov, Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad
  • Defensemen (7): Tony DeAngelo, Adam Fox, Libor Hajek, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Marc Staal, Jacob Trouba
  • Goaltenders (2): Alexandar Georgiev, Henrik Lundqvist

Defenseman Yegor Rykov is currently injured and Haley, who was on a PTO, is believed to be signing a contract with the Rangers.

At practice on Monday, the lines being used are (Cyrgalis):

  • Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Jesper Fast
  • Greg McKegg, Lias Andersson, Brendan Lemieux
    • Brady Skjei, Jacob Trouba
    • Libor Hajek, Adam Fox
    • Marc Staal, Brendan Smith

Smith is skating in Tony DeAngelo’s spot, DeAngelo is not practicing following the death of his grandfather. (Cyrgalis)

The PP units being used are (Cyrgalis):

  • Jacob Trouba, Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Adam Fox, Brady Skjei, Kaapo Kakko, Brendan Lemieux, Ryan Strome

Kaapo Kakko officially changed his number to 24, Lias Andersson has switched to 28 and Libor Hajek to 25. (NYR)