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What all this Jack Eichel stuff means for the Rangers

5/11/21 | 6:33PM: Pierre LeBrun said on TSN‘s Insider Trading that “hardly a secret that last offseason the Rangers did have discussions with the Sabres about Eichel” before noting that the Rangers also want to be “careful” about their cap situation.”
12:32PM: Elliotte Freidman writes that the Rangers were unwilling to trade a first-round pick last year for Eichel, it was #1, but that it could be an option for them this time. (Sportsnet)

5/10/21| 7:18PM: Earlier today, Sabres center Jack Eichel said that he has been “upset” with how things with the Sabres have gone since his injury and cited a “disconnect from the organization and myself and it’s been tough at times.” (NHL Network, Sportsnet)

  • Eichel missed most of this season with a herniated disc in his neck.

He added “I think the most important thing is trying to get healthy and figure out a way to be available to play hockey next year wherever that may be.” (NHL Network, Sportsnet)

Eichel has long been connected with the Rangers, especially since Bob McKenzie, in September 2020, mentioned that the Rangers were among the interested teams in Eichel.

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Mika Zibanejad wins the 2020 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award

Mika Zibanejad has been named the winner of the 2020 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.

This is the second consecutive year that Zibanejad has won the award.

The award is presented annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, “goes above and beyond the call of duty.”

From the Rangers release:

  • The award, which has been given annually since the 1987-88 season, bears the name of devoted Blueshirt fan and New York City Police Detective Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the line of duty on July 12, 1986 and passed away on January 10, 2017.
  • Zibanejad “is the sixth Ranger who has won the award in at least two consecutive seasons (along with Adam Graves, Mark Messier, Sandy McCarthy, Ryan Callahan, and Mats Zuccarello).”
  • “From the Rangers’ first game following the NHL All-Star Break and their bye week on Jan. 31 until the end of the regular season, Zibanejad’s 23 goals and 36 points were each the most in the NHL.”
  • “He registered a goal in 12 of the final 13 games of the season, tallying 17 goals over the span. Zibanejad recorded five goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, on Mar. 5 vs. Washington; he tied the Rangers’ single-game franchise record for goals and became the second player in NHL history to have a five-goal game with the fifth goal being the game-winning goal in overtime (along with Sergei Fedorov).”
  • The 6-2, 208-pounder led the NHL (min. 10 games played) in goals per game in 2019-20 (0.72). His 0.72 goals per game average this season was the third-best by a Ranger in one season (min. 30 games played) in franchise history (Bill Cook – 0.75 in 1926-27; Jean Ratelle – 0.73 in 1971-72).
  • In addition, Zibanejad became the fourth Ranger to lead the NHL in goals per game (min. 30 games played) in a season in franchise history (Bill Cook – 1926-27 and 1932-33; Lynn Patrick – 1941-42; Camille Henry – 1962-63). Zibanejad’s 41 goals in 2019-20 were tied for the 14th-most in one season in franchise history, and he reached the 40-goal plateau in fewer personal games (56) than any other Ranger in franchise history.
  • He was the 20th different Ranger who posted a 40-goal season in franchise history, and his 2019-20 season was the 24th instance of a player tallying 40 or more goals in a season with the Blueshirts in franchise history.
  • Zibanejad became the first Ranger to record 40 or more goals in a season since Rick Nash in 2014-15, and he was also the first Rangers center who tallied at least 40 goals in a season since Mark Messier in 1995-96.
  • Zibanejad ranked fifth among NHL forwards in average ice time this season (21:38), and he was the only NHL player who averaged at least 3:30 of power play ice time per game and at least 2:30 of shorthanded ice time per game in 2019-20.
  • He was the first NHL forward who averaged at least 3:30 of power play ice time per game and at least 2:30 of shorthanded ice time per game in the same season since Ryan Kesler in 2010-11.

Adam Rotter: It’s two in a row for Zibanejad as he continues to march towards likely becoming the next captain of the Rangers. I had wondered if the Rangers would return to play with the “C” on Zibanejad but we will have to wait until next season for that. He does everything for the Rangers, plays in all situations, scores big goals, makes big plays and with Artemi Panarin aboard he doesn’t have to do it all himself. He’s a bargain for the Rangers right now, and with two-years left on his deal, but I don’t think the Rangers will have any issue paying him when the time comes and making sure he is their captain for many years to come.

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Watch: Every goal Mika Zibanejad has scored this season

Mika Zibanejad has scored 41 goals this season for the Rangers.

From the Rangers Game Notes recently:

  • According to NHL Stats and Information, Zibanejad is the first Ranger who has registered a goal in 12 games over a 13-game span in franchise history. Also according to NHL Stats and Information, he is the second Ranger in franchise history who has posted two separate six-game goal streaks in one season (Darren Turcotte during the 1992-93 season).
  • Zibanejad registered his 40th goal of the season last night at Dallas; Zibanejad, who tallied his 40th goal of the season while skating in his 56th game in 2019-20, reached the 40-goal plateau in a season in fewer games than any other player in franchise history.
  • Zibanejad is the 20th different player who has recorded at least 40 goals in a season in franchise history, and it is the 24th time a Ranger has tallied at least 40 goals in a season.
  • According to NHL Stats and Information, Zibanejad, who tallied his 40th goal of the season while skating in his 56th game in 2019-20, has reached the 40-goal plateau in a season in fewer games than any other player in franchise history (Jean Ratelle previously reached the 40-goal plateau in fewer games than any other Ranger in franchise history – 57 games in 1971-72).
  •  Zibanejad is the first Ranger who has registered at least 40 goals in a season since Rick Nash in 2014-15 (42), and he is the first Rangers center who has tallied 40 or more goals in a season since Mark Messier in 1995-96 (47).

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Mika Zibanejad is heading back to Sweden (Update: Others Leaving NY)

3/18/20 | Lundqvist told Brooks that he and his family were still deciding what to do. (NY Post)
3/17/20 | Larry Brooks notes that in addition to Zibanejad, Kaapo Kakko has returned to Finland, Henrik Lundqvist is making plans to return to Sweden and Ryan Strome, Tony DeAngelo, Julien Gauthier and Brett Howden have all gone to their offseason homes. (Brooks)

3/16/20 | 5:30PM: Larry Brooks tweets that Mika Zibanejad is planning to return home to Sweden tonight. (Brooks)

Earlier today the NHL announced that:

  • “Effective immediately, Players can opt to return home (outside of the Club’s home city, including outside of North America, to the extent flights are available).
  • The self-quarantine period should continue within the Player’s home through and including Friday, March 27, unless a longer period may be required in accordance with local mandates related to travel. Players should continue to report immediately any symptoms or testing results to Club medical staff.
  • At the end of the self-quarantine period, and depending on world developments between now and then, consideration will be given to allowing the opening of Club facilities to Players in scheduled and coordinated small groups for voluntary training and care of the Players on the same basis as in the off-season.
  • Our objective will be that, in addition to continuing regular updates, we will be able to provide high-level guidance on the potential of opening a training camp period roughly 45 days into the 60-day period covered by the CDC’s directive.”

 

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Mika Zibanejad named NHL’s First Star of the Week

The NHL has announced that Mika Zibanejad has been named the First Star of the Week.

From the release:

  • Zibanejad topped the NHL with seven goals in three games to help the Rangers (36-28-4, 76 points) move within three points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • He potted New York’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues March 3.
  • Zibanejad then scored five times, including the overtime winner, in a 6-5 victory against the Washington Capitals March 5. He became the third player in Rangers history to record a five-goal game, joining Don Murdoch (Oct. 12, 1976 at MNS) and Mark Pavelich (Feb. 23, 1983 vs. HFD).
  • Zibanejad also became the second player in League history to register a five-goal performance that included an overtime winner. The other: Detroit’s Sergei Fedorov (Dec. 26, 1996 vs. WSH). Zibanejad added one more goal in a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils March 7.
  • The 26-year-old Huddinge, Sweden, native ranks fifth in the NHL with a career-high 39 goals in 55 games this season (39-33—72). That includes a League-best 21 goals in his past 20 outings dating to Jan. 31 (21-12—33).

He was last the First Star of the Week in the NHL on 10/7/19, after netting four goals and four assists in the first two games of the Rangers season.

Zibanejad was named the Second Star in the NHL for the month of February and the Second Star of the Week that ended on 2/23

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Watch: Mika Zibanejad’s FIVE goals

Mika Zibanejad scored five-goals against the Caps on Thursday: