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Braden Schneider could be playing with Hartford until the WHL starts

12:38PM: Rangers first round pick Braden Schneider has signed an AHL-only contract for this season, according to Elliotte Friedman. (Sportsnet)

Friedman notes that Schneider will be able to play in Hartford until the WHL begins playing. (Sportsnet)

  • The AHL is planning to begin their season on Feb 5 and the WHL announced a plan to play a 24-game season, though no start date has been confirmed.

Schneider still has junior eligibility left and, in normal circumstances, would only be able to play in the WHL or NHL.

Larry Brooks wrote recently in the NY Post that the Rangers made an attempt to get Schneider signed to his entry-level contract prior to December 31 to prevent a “contract slide,” but were unable to do so.

Schneider is not eligible to play for the Rangers this season and will not be eligible to sign his entry-level contract until March. (NY Post)

Neither the Rangers or Wolf Pack have announced Schneider’s AHL deal.

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Updates on waivers, the Rangers training camp roster and more

7PM: David Quinn spoke after practice earlier today and said (MSG):

  • Is the group from practice the roster, “yea, right now that is what our roster will look like come Thursday night.”
  • On Mika and potential post-Covid issues, “we’ve talked quite a bit, actually, since he was diagnosed. He felt pretty good today, it’s really a day-to-day situation, you just don’t know how you are going to respond. The good news is that he’s gotten better and better over the last 4-5 days as he started some light activity. We are not sure what is going to happen tomorrow, or Wednesday or Thursday, but talking to him after practice and about where he is at and how he felt.”
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Mika Zibanejad skated before practice today

1/12/21 | 12:05PM: All of the Rangers cleared waivers
1/11/21 | 12:37PM: Zibanejad is practicing today and skating between Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich. (NYR, Stephenson)
1/9/21 | 11:39AM: Mika Zibanejad, and goalie Keith Kinkaid, skated prior to today’s practices. (NYR)

Neither Zibanejad, Kinkaid, or Justin Richards, have participated since training camp began last Sunday.

When asked this week whether Zibanejad was in danger of missing Thursday’s opening night, David Quinn said “I don’t think so. He’s day to day and from all indications he should be ready for opening night, we’re expecting him back soon. I’d be a a lot more worried if we were 3-4 days away and we weren’t seeing him.” (NYR)

K’Andre Miller is not skating today. (NYR)

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What David Quinn said about Kakko, Barron and being more physical

David Quinn met with the media on Tuesday and said (NYR):

  • Update on Mika, Richards, Kinkaid, “still day to day with these guys, not sure when we are going to have them. They are all close, so hopefully sooner than later.”
  • Thoughts on the scrimmage, “I thought the scrimmage was better today, better pace to it, didn’t think it was as sloppy as it was yesterday and that is probably natural, you hope that is the progression you make throughout these scrimmages. As we start getting more into the teachings of the structure and systems and things of that nature, these scrimmages hopefully start to go in that direction and look cleaner.”
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What David Quinn said on Monday

David Quinn met with the media on Monday and said (NYR):

  • On Day 1, “I liked our effort, I thought we had effort all throughout the practices, the scrimmage got off to a slow start but picked up dramatically in the second part of it. Are there things we want to improve on? Everything, really. The first day after being off the ice for so long and a unique offseason is difficult to manage. I was focused on the effort and making sure that guys were working on their conditioning and paying attention to the structure stuff we were working on and for the most part I thought we got that accomplished.”
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What David Quinn said about leadership, Lafreniere and more

David Quinn met with the media on the first day of training camp and said (NYR):

  • On improvements he wanted to see last year and what he wants to see this year, “I thought that as the season went we certainly got better in the D-zone situation. From what our analytics tell us, over the last 20-30 games we were in the top-1o in a lot of defensive categories that we weren’t anywhere near in the beginning of the season. Obviously, when the season ended we weren’t where we needed to be from a defensive standpoint, but I thought we were trending in the right direction. The 6-7 week stretch we had from January 7th on and not at least play better defense and I thought we did, we found a good balance of offense and defense, we don’t have to sacrifice offense to play good defense. We did find that balance. Our PK was inconsistent, there were stretches where we were good, but when we were bad, we were bad. One of the things we have to do on the PK is avoid those games where we give up 3-4 goals or stretches where we are killing at 65-70% and that killed us. Our consistency on the kill has not been good and it’s an area we certainly have to continue to work on to get better at.”