2020-21 Rangers

Updates on waivers, the Rangers training camp roster and more

7PM: David Quinn spoke after practice earlier today and said (MSG):

  • Is the group from practice the roster, “yea, right now that is what our roster will look like come Thursday night.”
  • On Mika and potential post-Covid issues, “we’ve talked quite a bit, actually, since he was diagnosed. He felt pretty good today, it’s really a day-to-day situation, you just don’t know how you are going to respond. The good news is that he’s gotten better and better over the last 4-5 days as he started some light activity. We are not sure what is going to happen tomorrow, or Wednesday or Thursday, but talking to him after practice and about where he is at and how he felt.”
  • Is Robertson a taxi-squad candidate, “he is and a lot of that will be determined by what happens with waivers today. We have a loose idea of what we want to do but a lot of that depends on who clears and who doesn’t.”
  • On K’Andre Miller and Trouba as a pair, “we all have to keep in mind that it was the bubble practices and training camp so far, but what has impressed me is how calm he has been. He’s worked hard, closed on people, made good decisions with the puck. From a defending standpoint, he’s like a praying mantis with that stick in his arms and his legs, he is tough to get around and when you think you have him beat, there he is with his stick. There is just an awful lot to like about him, and let’s not overlook his elite skating for someone his size.”
  • Have you noticed more grit in practice, “when I said defense, I meant team defense, it isn’t just talking about the 6-7 defensemen we have here. I’ll let you know on Thursday, it’s tough to tell when you are going against your own teammates, guys are maybe reluctant, maybe, to do something they wouldn’t normally do. I have loved our work ethic, but we do have to finish our checks for sure.”
  • Is there an anticipation to get started, “I think our guys felt that today, they were looking forward to having training camp end and getting into a rhythm, it’s coming fast, hard to think that Thursday is right around the corner. Our guys are excited and certainly anticipating, obviously one of our biggest rivals, if not our biggest rival and no better way to start the season than play against the Isles.”
  • On Morgan Barron and the forwards, “the competition was tight, for sure. Morgan, we actually talked yesterday,  he looked nervous throughout most of the camp. People handle expectations differently, I think there was a lot of talk of him maybe having an opportunity to make the team, and there certainly was an opportunity for him to do that, but it’s a big jump. He’s a really good player, we love having him here, I won’t be surprised if he plays game for us this year, but he just looked a little nervous, gripping the stick a little too much, worried about not making a mistake. I thought his best hockey was last night in the scrimmage, he was good.”
  • Is there any area you think the team is lacking in, “I’d rather keep those discussions private, between myself and management. I think every team is always looking to improve no matter what depth they have. This is pro sports, you are always trying to get better everyday and you think you might be set in one area and a guy becomes available and you may have an opportunity to improve in that area. It’s circumstantial for sure.”

5:30PM: Mika Zibanejad took part in his first official practice on Monday and confirmed that he was out after testing positive for Covid-19. (NYR)

Zibanejad said that he is feeling good for a few days, but he is unsure if he will play on Thursday against the Islanders. (NYR)


The lines the Rangers used at practice today were (Stephenson):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
  • Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil, Julien Gauthier
  • Brendan Lemieux, Brett Howden, Phil Di Giuseppe
    • Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox
    • K’Andre Miller, Jacob Trouba
    • Jack Johnson, Tony DeAngelo
    • Brendan Smith, Matthew Robertson
      • Igor Shesterkin, Alex Georgiev

12:29PM: The Rangers placed the following players on waivers today (Renaud Lavoie) :

Forward: Colin Blackwell, Jonny Brodzinski, Gabriel Fontaine, Anthony Greco

Defense: Anthony Bitetto, Brandon Crawley

Goalie: Keith Kinkaid

If these players clear, they could be assigned to either the Rangers taxi squad or Hartford.

Rosters for opening night are due to be submitted by Tuesday at 5PM.

The Rangers training camp roster now stands at:

Forward (18): Morgan Barron, Pavel Buchnevich, Filip Chytil, Phil Di Giuseppe, Julien Gauthier, Tim Gettinger, Brett Howden, Kaapo Kakko, Patrick Khodorenko, Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafreniere, Brendan Lemiuex, Artemi Panarin, Justin Richards, Kevin Rooney, Austin Rueschoff, Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad

Defense (11): Tony DeAngelo, Adam Fox, Libor Hajek, Jack Johnson, Ryan Lindgren, K’Andre Miller, Darren Raddysh, Tarmo Reunanen, Matthew Robertson, Brendan Smith, Jacob Trouba

Goalie (5): Alex Georgiev, Adam Huska, Igor Shesterkin, Tyler Wall

Players who don’t need waivers to be sent to the taxi squad or to Hartford include:

Forwards: Morgan Barron, Tim Gettinger, Patrick Khodorenko, Justin Richards, Austin Rueschoff

Defense: Libor Hajek, K’Andre Miller, Tarmo Reunanen, Matthew Robertson

Goalie: Adam Huska, Tyler Wall

Players who would still need waivers to be sent to the taxi squad or Hartford include:

Forwards: Phil Di Giuseppe, Kevin Rooney

Defense: Darren Raddysh