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Rangers trade Ryan Spooner to Edmonton for Ryan Strome

3:58PM: Bob McKenzie said that the focus from the Edmonton side was to add speed and get quicker. (McKenzie)

3:34PM: The Rangers have acquired Ryan Strome from the Oilers in exchange for Ryan Spooner.

Strome, 25, was the 5th overall pick by the Islanders in 2011 and was traded two-years ago to Edmonton for Jordan Eberle.

This season Strome has 1 goal and 1 assist in 18 games, last season he had 13 goals and 21 assists in 82 games.

In 2014-15 with the Islanders he had 17 goals and 33 assists in 81 games.

Spooner, 26, had 1 goal and 1 assist in 16 games this season after putting up 4 goals and 12 assists in 20 games with the Rangers last year.

Strome is in the first-year of a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $3.1 million. He will be an RFA when his deal expires.

Spooner re-signed with the Rangers over the summer for two-years at a cap hit of $4 million.

The Rangers are retaining $900,000 of Spooner’s salary to make the deal even in terms of cap hit. (Friedman)

Adam Rotter: I like this deal for the Rangers and it’s pretty low risk for them to move one struggling Ryan for another. Strome was taken one pick ahead of Mika Zibanejad in 2011 so there is obviously an immense amount of talent there but things did not develop in Edmonton.

It’s a change of scenery trade for the two players but it also fits with what the Rangers are trying to do and build. At 25, Strome could easily be part of the Rangers future if he is able to find his game and live up to some of his potential. Maybe David Quinn can get the best out of him. There really isn’t much downside to this, at least in my view.

As for Spooner, he ends up back with the GM that drafted him in Peter Chiarelli and might be able to get a bigger role with the Oilers than he had with the Rangers. It never totally made sense why the Rangers re-signed him, I always thought he was going to be part of a package used to move up in the draft, but doing so allowed them to get a chance at a player like Strome that could be part of the future.

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David Quinn on the loss, deflections and defending around the net

David Quinn met with the media on MSG following the loss to the Isles and said:

  • On the game, “It’s unfortunate because I think we did a lot of good things tonight but we gave up those goals too easily. They scored way too easily. We got off to a good start but we couldn’t ride the momentum because we couldn’t do the most simplistic of things, which is that when you are standing next to someone you put your stick on them.”
  • On the deflections, “We haven’t been burnt by it but it’s been an issue. We’ve talked about, I know we will practice it tomorrow. You gotta have a little snarl around the net. That doesn’t mean kill people but deny them the net, have a little grit, put sticks on them, that is all there is to it. We didn’t do a lot of it tonight. It was a pretty safe place to be.”
  • On the call on Skjei, “First the ref doesn’t see it and then reacts to someone falling down. There was no penalty, he fell down but you gotta deal with it and kill the penalty but we didn’t. When you gotta kill 8 straight minutes of penalties in that short period of time, it impacts the game. They got two in that stretch and you get out of sync and using players more than you want to and it impacts it but you gotta react and recover and we weren’t able to. The story of the game was our lack of play around the net, we just didn’t play hard enough and pick sticks up around the net. It wasn’t the refs or anything like that, it was the fact that we didn’t pick sticks up at the net.”
  • On the rivalry, “We didn’t play well enough to win. Felt the excitement of the building but once you are playing you are playing and doing your job and the things you need to do as a coach to put your team in the best position to win.”
  • On the goalie change, “it wasn’t hard, had nothing to do with him, I don’t think he had a chance on any of them but you change things up, don’t want to subject him to how we were defending any more than he had. Maybe a goalie change inspires the team but it had nothing to do with Hank.”
  • On the Zibanejad penalty call, “He came over and apologized….whoop dee do.”
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Isles defeat Rangers 7-5

First Period:

  • Chris Kreider (Power Play) Assists: Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad
  • Fredrik Claesson Assists: Brett Howden
  • Anthony Beauvillier Assists: Thomas Hickey, Valtteri Filppula
  • Brock Nelson Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle

Second Period:

  • Anthony Beauvillier Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov
  • Kevin Hayes (Short Handed)
  • Anthony Beauvillier (Power Play) Assists: Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal
  • Anders Lee (Power Play) Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey

Third Period:

  • Leo Komarov Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Anthony Beauvillier
  • Chris Kreider (Power Play) Assists: Neal Pionk, Alexandar Georgiev
  • Filip Chytil Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Shattenkirk
  • Cal Clutterbuck (ENG) Assists: Brock Nelson

Adam’s Thoughts:

  • I don’t think this is the last high scoring affair the Rangers and Islanders will have this season. These are two teams with offensive power and defensive struggles. The Rangers are capable of playing well defensively if they have all five guys on the ice on the same page but their coverage in their own zone tonight, especially in front with the deflections, left a lot to be desired.
  • The Rangers went up early but anyone who has watched this team through their first 20 or so games should have expected that the Isles would tie it.
  • The same thing can be said though about the Rangers battling back to make it close but they couldn’t get the tie.
  • The Rangers, as they deal with a growing team, will have nights like this during the season. It’s entirely possible they should have had more already but Henrik Lundqvist has been so good that he has probably covered some of them up.
  • At 19 games the Rangers are about where I expected them to be. They are around .500, Henrik is playing really well, for the most part, and when they play as a team and manage the puck well they can compete with anyone. Their work ethic is usually consistent from game to game but their execution in both zones is far from consistent not only from game to game but sometimes from period to period. They have been a few different teams in these first 19-20 games and it will be interesting to see what team they are or can be in their next 19-20.
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Lundqvist pulled after two periods against Isles

9:08PM: Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing five goals on 17 shots through two periods.

Lundqvist was replaced by Alex Georgiev.

4 of the Islanders 5 goals were scored on deflections and two came on the power play.

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Updates from Rangers practice on Wednesday

At Rangers practice on Wednesday, the lines used were (Albanese):

  • Filip Chytil, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Vlad Namestnikov
  • Jimmy Vesey, Brett Howden, Jesper Fast
  • Cody McLeod, Lias Andersson, Vinni Lettieri

David Quinn said after practice (NYR):

  • “we are playing a bit more of a thorough game, guys are getting more confidence. We thought we were playing well early when we were 3-7 and there was frustration that has settled in after that Calgary game. We got demoralized and then we played really well against San Jose and built on that. We have had the ability to come back when things are down though I think we still get a little too down when something doesn’t go our way but we are able to recover quicker. We have been able to recover from bad moments not as quick as I would like but we are getting there.”
  • On Chytil, “with how he has played he has earned this opportunity and I am anxious to see how he builds on the last few games. It’s the ebbs and flows of a 19-year old, the confidence comes and goes and he has been building towards this.”
  • Have you noticed any difference in Chytil after scoring, “he looks a little more confident, smile on his face, he is happy with his linemates. I’m happy for him too. He is a dynamic player for sure and had an awful lot of jump to his game.”
  • On losing Buch but getting Zucc back, “he looked good today, had a lot of energy, a lot of jump. He means so much to our team and it’s good to have him back for sure.”
  • On seeing the young guys develop, “it’s fun, they work hard, they are great kids, a big part of the future. Howden is for me, from the moment I watched him I thought he had the chance to make an impact this year. Chytil is a guy that I thought could make an impact but they are different types of players. Lias had a really good camp early then tailed off a bit but went down and did a great job in Hartford and I’ve really liked his game so far. It’s a long season and they will have peaks and valleys.”
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Georgiev sent to Hartford, Mazanec called up

5:56PM: Georgiev was recalled after playing in Hartford’s 4-3 OT win over Bridgeport.

He stopped 26 of 29 shots in the win.

9:15AM: The Rangers have announced that Alex Georgiev has been sent to Hartford and that Marek Mazanec has been called up.

The Wolf Pack play at 11AM today and then on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

The Rangers play the Islanders tomorrow, Florida on Saturday and Dallas on Monday.

Georgiev is 3-1 on the season, stopped 130 of 145 shots. He has won his last three starts.