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Pavel Buchnevich is back in on Sunday

David Quinn said that Pavel Buchnevich will return to the Rangers lineup on Sunday against Buffalo after missing the past two games as a healthy scratch.

Quinn said on Saturday that he thinks and hopes that Buchnevich is “pissed” and that is how he wants every player to feel when they don’t play.  (NY Post)

He added that now Buchnevich has to “do something about it.” (NY Post)

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Lias Andersson continues to produce in Hartford

While Lias Andersson said that he thinks he could be helping the Rangers right now, he added that his main focus is playing well in Hartford. (NY Post)

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury said that Andersson has been playing well in Hartford and praised now be handled the situation of being sent down. (NY Post)

Drury said that the situation with Andersson is day by day and that the organization is doing whatever they can to make him the “best player he can be as quick as he can be.” (NY Post)

Wolf Pack coach Keith McCambridge said that Andersson has been “real good” and is working with the staff on the areas he needs to improve on. (NY Post)

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The Rangers and Sabres have talked about Jimmy Vesey

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Sabres have spoken with the Rangers about Jimmy Vesey. (Sportsnet)

It’s been noted before that Vesey could be a trade chip for the Rangers.

He has one-year left on his contract at $2.27 million and is slated to be a UFA following the 2019-20 season.

This past season, Vesey had 17 goals and 18 assists in 81 games.

  • October: 12 games, 3 goals, minus four rating, 26 shots, 16:04 per game
  • November: 14 games, 5 goals, 4 assists, plus five, 31 shots, 17:30 per game
  • December: 12 games, 2 goals, 6 assists, plus four rating, 25 shots, 15:58 per game
  • January: 11 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, minus two rating, 15 shots, 14:42 per game
  • February: 13 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, plus two rating, 27 shots, 16:17 per game
  • March: 15 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, minus seven rating, 24 shots, 15:53 per game
  • April: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, minus four rating, 6 shots, 14:58 per game

Vesey was property of the Sabres for a few months prior to signing with the Rangers though that was with the Sabres’ previous regime.


Earlier in the year Vesey said that he is establishing his identity as a “hard worker in all situations” and noted that when he is “engaged” he is at his best. (NY Post)

He added that he is contributing in more ways than just scoring and feels that he is “more engaged” than in past years. (NY Post)

David Quinn said that Vesey is playing with more edge and that since he is in better shape, he is able to play a “faster game.” (NY Post)

Brady Skjei said that he is seeing Vesey play not just with more confidence but also more “aggressively.” (NY Post)


Vesey said that he is getting better about not getting down on himself and said that Quinn has “entrusted a lot of faith in me.”(NY Post)

Quinn said that while Vesey gets down on himself easily, he knows how the coaches and his teammates feel about him. (NYR)

Quinn added that Vesey is someone that the Rangers “rely on.” (NYR)

Adam Rotter: There were times last season where Vesey looked like the player the Rangers hoped he would be when he signed. Then there were times, especially after the deadline, where Vesey left a lot to be desired with his play and production. There is some risk in potentially dealing Vesey, as he is just entering his fourth pro season, but whether it’s this summer or next season, the Rangers have to make a decision on Vesey’s future.

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Rangers Alex Georgiev earned his spot but needs to play

The Rangers will start the season with Alex Georgiev as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist but Jeff Gorton noted that he needs to play.

Gorton said, “we will watch his ice time and make sure he is playing games but it was clear to us in camp that he is our number two guy.”

He added that the Rangers do have the luxury of sending Georgiev down to Hartford without waivers so if he isn’t playing for a stretch in the NHL, he can start for Hartford.

Georgiev told Newsday that he wants to play a lot because “that’s the way to get better.” (Newsday)

Rangers coach David Quinn said of Georgiev, I’d heard about him a lot and boy did he open my eyes in development camp. He is the real deal and I felt that way from the moment I watched him and how competitive and composed that he is. He’s built on that. He’s a competitor, has an incredible demeanor about him, mentally tough and very athletic. He has earned the spot.”

Quinn said that the Rangers need to practice in a “demanding” style to make Georgiev feel as if he in game situations. (NYR, 9/29)