2022 New York Rangers Playoffs, Tyler Motte

What Tyler Motte said about his future

The Rangers acquired Tyler Motte at the trade deadline from Vancouver for a fourth-round pick in 2023.

Motte played in 9 regular season gamesa and 15 playoff games for the Rangers, scoring two goals and averaging 12:33 per game in the regular season and 12:04 in the playoffs.

He spoke about his future last week and said (NYR)

  • On free agency, “I think that free agency is still a bit aways, but I’ll have the conversation with my agent Rich and see what happens.”
  • On the amount of interest he might get, “I can’t speak on who is interested or how many or what locations, but it will be the first time going through this process and it will be interesting to see how it goes. As a player you put your time in, you work to get the point of being unrestricted, but you are also looking for the right fit and right opportunity with the right group to hopefully get back to keep playing hockey this time of year.”
  • On his time with the Rangers, “I enjoyed being here, for sure. Me and my fiance moving cross-country, being a little bit closer to home, once we settled in I think we felt really good here. From a hockey standpoint, it’s a great organization, well-run top to bottom, got great support staff, great people around and that really goes a long way for players, I think.”

The Athletic projects Motte’s next contract as $2.9 million per season for four years.

He ranked 31st on Daily Faceoffs list of top free agents.

Adam Rotter: Motte was very impressive as a fourth liner with his speed, penalty killing and defensive ability. He was always noticeable on the ice and I’m sure the Rangers are not the only team that took notice during the playoffs. He would be a big piece to bring back, but I don’t know if the Rangers will have the space to accommodate him.

You can get into salary cap trouble real fast by spending too much in your bottom-six/fourth line and the Rangers already have Barclay Goodrow at $3.64 million and Ryan Reaves at $1.75 million. I don’t know if Motte will get close to that projection of $3 million, but something just over $2 million for a few years seems more likely. I don’t know if the Rangers have the room for that based upon the roster they still need to construct this year and the next few years until the salary cap starts going up. I think it could be more likely that Motte signs elsewhere and the Rangers acquire another Motte-type player at the deadline next year.

2022 New York Rangers Playoffs

Updates before Game 6 against Tampa

8:40 PM: Asked by Emily Kaplan on ESPN to explain the decision to sit Kakko, Gerard Gallant said “no.”

8:02 PM: Ryan Strome and Dryden Hunt are in, Kakko is OUT.

7:50 PM: Ryan Strome returned to warmups. (MSG)

7:44 PM: The lines being used in line rushes are (MSG):

  • Alexis Lafreniere, Mika Zibanejad, Frank Vatrano
  • Artemi Panarin, Andrew Copp, Kaapo Kakko
  • Chris Kreider, Filip Chytil, Barclay Goodrow
  • Tyler Motte, Kevin Rooney, Dryden Hunt

Ryan Strome reportedly came out to start warmups and then left soon after. (MSG)

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2022 New York Rangers Playoffs

Updates from the Rangers on Friday

Gerard Gallant met with the media on Friday from Tampa Bay and said (NYR):

  • What more do you have to do get more scoring chances, “It’s from game to game. Last night, to me, was a coin toss. We played a good hockey game and they played a good hockey game. Some games are different, some games there is 20 good scoring chances and 15 for the other team and sometimes there are 6 or 7 or 8. There wasn’t a whole lot less night, they had to battle, but I liked the game last night. If we play that game again tomorrow I like our chances.”

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2022 New York Rangers Playoffs

What Gerard Gallant said after the loss in Game 5

Gerard Gallant met with the media following the Rangers loss in Game 5 and said (ESPN, MSG, NYR):

  • On the game, “I thought it was a pretty even game for the most part, I don’t know what the shots are, pretty close the last time I looked up. It was a defensive battle, not a whole lot of ice either way. We give up 2-3 2-on-1s. that was the only thing, but besides that it was a pretty sound hockey game.”

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