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How the Rangers finished in the award voting

The NHL has announced the voting for the NHL Awards announced tonight:

For the Calder Trophy:

  • Igor Shesterkin finished 5th in the voting with 165 points (13 third place votes, 29 fourth place votes and 13 fifth place votes). Alex Nedeljkovic finished third and had 386 votes.
  • K’Andre Miller finished 12th in the voting with 8 points (2 fourth place votes, 2 fifth place votes).
  • Alexis Lafreniere did not receive any votes.

Miller was named to the All-Rookie team.

Adam Fox won the Norris Trophy.

Fox was also named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team and led the voting for defensemen.

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Mark Messier joins ESPN as an analyst

ESPN has announced that Mark Messier is joining the network, on a multi-year deal, as part of their NHL coverage beginning next season.

Messier said in a statement, “My passion for the game is as strong as it has ever been and I am looking forward to sharing that passion, plus my insights and analysis with the sport’s incredible fans. The NHL is beginning a new era with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company — with an exciting, evolving game and phenomenally talented players — and I am thrilled to be a part of the team.”

In early May, Messier was asked on the radio about re-joining the Rangers and said “I’ve made it very clear that I’m standing by and ready to help out in any way, for many years. Other than that I really don’t know what else to say.”

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Benoit Allaire promoted and other Hockey Ops moves

The Rangers have announced that Benoit Allaire has been promoted to “Director of New York Rangers goaltending.”

In that role Allaire will “Allaire will oversee the development of goaltenders at all levels throughout the organization, including at the American Hockey League (AHL) level and ECHL level. He will continue to be based in New York and will remain the head goaltending coach for the New York Rangers.”

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What Gerard Gallant said about his style, young players, the rebuild, captains and more

Gerard Gallant was on the NHL Network on Wednesday and said:

  • On coaching and systems, “there is no doubt, it’s a fine line with what you are going to do with your team. I’ve always coached pretty much the same way, but you gotta make little adjustments with your personnel, there is no doubt about that. I believe in playing a fast game of hockey, being aggressive on your forecheck. Part of the NHL is being a good traffic team and defensive team, but I think it all starts with the talented group that we’ve got, I think if we are on offense first and you work hard playing defense you will be fine. I think our group is going to play a very fast game up and down the ice, working hard at both ends of the rink and that is how you win championships, you’ve gotta play both ends of the rink, work hard, and be committed.”
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Rangers dismissed Director of Euro Scouting Nick Bobrov

Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers “dismissed” Director of European Scouting Nickolai Bobrov.

Bobrov had been in his role for the past six seasons and was one of Jeff Gorton’s first hires when he became GM.

The Rangers media guide says that Bobrov was “responsible for covering all European territories.”

Brooks says that President and GM Chris Drury will “oversee” the upcoming draft with Director of North American scouting Chris Morehouse and with “input” from the Rangers European scouts.

Morehouse joined the Rangers shortly after John Davidson was named President.

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Mike Grier hired as Hockey Operations Advisor (Updates)

5/19/21 | 11:12 AM: The Rangers have confirmed the hiring of Grier as a Hockey Operations Advisor.

The Rangers describe his role by saying, “Grier will work with the hockey operations department in both hockey-related decisions and off-ice player and prospect development. In addition, he will assist prospects in the Rangers organization, including players with the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, with on-ice development.”