2023 New York Rangers Offseason

Rangers announce new trainer and updates to hockey ops staff

The Rangers have announced a bunch of updates to their hockey operations staff:

  • Ryane Clowe has been promoted to Co-Senior Advisor to President and General Manager
  • Angela Ruggiero has been hired as Hockey Operations Advisor
  • Christian Hmura has been hired as Skills and Performance Development Coach
  • Mark Ciaccio has been named Prospect Development Skills Coach
  • Paul Mara has been hired as Player Development Assistant
  • Andy Hosler has been named Head Athletic Trainer
  • Brandon Rodgers has been named Senior Sports Therapist
  • Kayla McAvoy has been hired full-time as Assistant Sports Scientist
  • Kathryn Yates has been hired as Manager of Performance Data Insights

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2023 New York Rangers Offseason, Alexis Lafreniere

Alexis Lafreniere signs two-year deal

8/24/23 | 11:50AM: On 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman said “I was wondering what this one was going to look like at the end of the summer, the end of the day. I’m not hugely surprised about the number. I heard that it was going to be in this range and basically what Lafreniere signs is a prove it contract. I didn’t think he was going to get traded.”

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2023 New York Rangers Offseason

Rangers sign Defenseman Ty Emberson to one-year deal

The Rangers have announced that they have signed RFA minor-league defenseman Ty Emberson to a one-year deal.

Emberson, 23, had seven goals and 20 assists in 69 games for Hartford last season. He had two goals and three assists in nine playoff games.

He is 6-1, 185 and was acquired from Arizona in the deal that sent Patrik Nemeth away.

He was named the best “defensive defenseman” in the AHL’s Eastern Conference last season.

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2023 New York Rangers Offseason

What is next for the Rangers after K’Andre Miller signed

With K’Andre Miller under contract, the Rangers have about $2.3 million in cap space according to Cap Friendly.

That $2.3 million includes Connor Mackey’s $775,000 which will likely be sent to Hartford.

Putting Mackey in Hartford and keeping Ben Harpur as the seventh defenseman would give the Rangers $3.078 million in cap space. Putting Harpur and Mackey in the minors and calling up Zac Jones gives the Rangers $3.053 million in cap space.

Alexis Lafreniere, and AHL defenseman Brandon Scanlin, are the only RFAs left unsigned.

Adam Rotter: The exact dollar figure will change depending upon which of the bottom-six players makes the team and who the sixth and seventh defensemen are, but the Rangers should have more than enough money to get Alexis Lafreniere signed to a bridge contract worth between $2.2 million and $2.5 million.  So fielding this roster for opening night shouldn’t be a problem. I guess someone could now offer sheet Lafreniere, but that seems highly unlikely based upon how rare offer sheets are, which teams would even have the money to do it and who has the correct picks for compensation.

But once Lafreniere is signed the Rangers will be just about out of cap space and unless they were to make a trade this would basically be the lineup they start the season with. That also could impact a potential reunion with Patrick Kane when Kane is ready to sign and it will likely be another big time of crunching numbers through the season to maximize whatever cap space they can ahead of the trade deadline.

2023 New York Rangers Offseason

Defenseman Brandon Scanlin files for arbitration

7/10/23 | Scanlin’s hearing is set for August 4th, the last possible day for arbitration hearings. (NHLPA)

7/5/23 | The NHLPA announced that defenseman Brandon Scanlin has filed for arbitration.

Scanlin signed with the Rangers in March 2022 and has spent the last two seasons in Hartford.

In 76 AHL games over the past two seasons, Scanlin had four goals and 12 assists.

This past season he had four goals and 11 assists, a plus 21 rating, 30 PIM and 73 shots in 61 games.

He had one assist in Hartford’s nine playoff games.

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