MIka Zibanejad

Where things are with the Rangers and Mika Zibanejad

The Rangers are able to sign Mika Zibanejad to a contract extension beginning on Wednesday.

Zibanejad, 28, is in the final year of a five-year deal that has a cap hit of $5.3 million. He has a full no-move clause.

Asked about Zibanejad on Saturday, Chris Drury said “obviously Mika is a huge part of our team and has been a huge part of our organization for a long-time. I’m certainly not going to discuss his contract or anyone else’s publicly, but certainly have a ton of respect for him as a person and a player for what he has done here and I’ll leave it at that.”

Chris Drury

What Chris Drury said about DeAngelo, Zibanejad and what is next

Chris Drury spoke after Day 2 of the NHL Draft and said (NHL Media):

  • Do you expect to be active heading into free agency, “obviously it’s quickly onto the next thing, I’m not going to get into specific details or plans of what is going to happen, but as I’ve continually said, we’re going to look at every different option to improve the team and that is where I’ll leave it.”
2021 Rangers Offseason

The Rangers 5th and 7th round picks

At 144, the Rangers selected Jaroslav Chmelar a RW from the Czech Republic.

He is 6-4, 198, and played last season in the Finnish Junior league.

He was ranked 100th on Central Scouting’s list of European players.

Chmelar had 5 goals and 8 assists in 13 games.

He had 1 goal and 1 assist in five games for the Czech Republic at the U18s.

From the Rangers, “Chmelar, 18, skated in 15 games with Jokerit’s U18 team in U18 SM-sarja in Finland this past season, registering five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with eight penalty minutes. The 6-4, 198-pounder joined Jokerit’s organization for the 2020-21 season after playing with Kiekko-Vantaa’s organization in Finland during the 2019-20 season. Chmelar tallied 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 42 games with Kiekko-Vantaa’s U18 team in 2019-20. Internationally, the Nove Mesto nad Metuji, Czech Republic native recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating in five games while representing his country at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship.”

At 208, the Rangers chose defenseman American Hank Kempf.

2021 NHL Draft

The Fourth Round picks for the Rangers

At 104, the Rangers selected RW Brody Lamb.

Lamb is not ranked by TSN, The Hockey News, McKeens or The Athletic.

He was ranked 178th by Central Scouting.

He is 6-0, 161 and had 0 goals and 2 assists in 10 games for Green Bay of the USHL. In the Minnesota High School league this past season he had 52 goals and 35 assists.

He is going to the University of Minnesota.

From the Rangers, “Lamb, 17 (turns 18 years old on August 30), skated in 24 games with the Dodge County Wildcats in Minnesota, registering 52 goals and 35 assists for 87 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. He was named the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year in 2020-21, as he led all players in the state in goals and points. The 6-1, 165-pounder also recorded 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 19 games with Team TDS Transportation in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League (UMHSEHL) and two assists in 10 games with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The Rochester, Minnesota native served as Dodge County’s captain this past season, and he also tallied 66 points (46 goals, 20 assists) in 22 games with Dodge County in 2019-20.”

At 106, the Rangers selected LW Kalle Vaisanen.

2021 NHL Draft Ryder Korczak

Rangers select center Ryder Korczak at #75

The Rangers have selected center Ryder Korczak at #75. They traded #80 and #176 to Washington to move up.

He is 5-11, 175 and had 3 goals and 13 assists in 17 games last season for Moose Jaw in the WHL.

The Hockey News lists his best case as Filip Chytil.

2021 Rangers Offseason Jayden Grubbe

Rangers select Jayden Grubbe at #65

The Rangers have selected center Jayden Grubbe at #65.