Brady Skjei scratched for tonight’s game against Florida

6:35PM: David Quinn met with the media prior to the game and said (NYR):

  • On Strome, “he will play with Howden and Vesey to start. He’s put up some points, guy that kills penalties. He’s still young, that is something that can happen in this league, guys get in the league young and they lose sight of his age. Certainly a lot of hockey ahead of him and we feel his best hockey is ahead of him and it’s our job to get it out of him and he will have every opportunity here to do that.”
  • On Skjei, “he looks indecisive in all areas and I think he is fighting it a bit mentally. It’s good for a guy to get a deep breath and collect himself and we have had conversations so he understands where we are at and when he is back in we expect him to be the player we know he is capable of being.”
  • On Smith, “just looking for what we demand of everyone which is effort which is always good with Smitty. His puck management, defending, all the things he needs to do to be a player that helps us succeed and I thought he did a good job of that in the practices. He got off to a great start, his play slipped a little bit over the past two weeks but sometimes it’s not as much an indictment on their play as opposed to that we have some depth on our D corp and can get guys in here.”
  • On Freddy Claesson, “he plays with a lot of passion, his personality shows in how he plays. If you talk to him in the locker room, he’s got a loud personality, fun loving personality and he’s never had a bad day in his life and that is infectious. He plays with conviction and if you are going to make a mistake it better be of conviction and he does that. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, has made good decisions with the puck, has been physical and he’s been really good for us.”

5:28PM: David Quinn announced that Brendan Smith will return to the Rangers lineup tonight and that Brady Skjei will be scratched. (Stephenson)

Mats Zuccarello will also miss the game with the groin injury that caused him to miss the three games prior to the Islanders game. (Stephenson)

Ryan Strome will skate with Brett Howden and Jimmy Vesey. (Stephenson)


What Jeff Gorton said about acquiring Ryan Strome

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton on the Strome trade (NYR):

  • On the trade, “at this time with Spooner kind of being the odd-man out and the opportunity to get someone, we like his versatility, he can play center, he can kill penalties and hopefully when we put him with our group be a better fit.”
  • On Strome, “the fact that he can center, wing, PP, PK, take faceoffs, I think he brings a little of everything. With our group right now, having someone that can play in all areas of the game can help us.”
  • On him being a former Top 5 pick, “I just spoke to him, really excited about the opportunty to come back this way and play. If you look at our team and our make up and some of the things that he can do, to me there is an opportunity for him to display some of those skills. When you are a top-five pick overall there is a lot of pressure to perform and do certain things and he has been in the league almost 400 games and we know where he fits in but I think he feels and we feel that there is a little bit more of getting to the level we hope he can get to.”
  • Where will he play, “We spoke a little bit today with David about that, my sense is to let him get here and see where he is most comfortable. I would think that wing is something we are looking at, we don’t have a lot of right hand shots on the wing. It’s a possibility to be on RW and see where he fits but having a bunch of centers and that flexibility, if someone is waived out you still have someone that can win draws for you on either side. If you look at what he has done for Edmonton he has killed a lot of penalties, done a good job for them. We are looking to use him in all areas.”
  • Could he play tomorrow, “it’s possible.”

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.


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.”

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.