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Gerard Gallant has also interviewed twice with the Rangers

6/7/21 | Elliotte Friedman said on 31 Thoughts, “I think there has been a little bit of disrespect toward Gerard Gallant, what he did in Vegas, I think it has been discounted a little bit and I don’t think it’s fair. Gerard Gallant is not a guy who is an x’s and o’s master, but he gets people to play and he puts people around himself who can handle that stuff, but he convinces people that can play, he empowers them…..right now the most important thing you do as a coach is empower your players and if anybody has forgotten how well Gerard Gallant can empower his players, they were just reminded of it.”

Friedman adds, “It’s obvious that he has a great chance at the Ranger job. I think he’s interviewed in Columbus, but I’m just not sure if Columbus is going to want, at this point in time, to go financially where Gallant could potentially go. I just don’t know if that is the right time for Columbus to do that. Seattle is an interesting one, they talked to him, but it was a while ago.”


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Rick Tocchet had a second interview with the Rangers

6/4/21 | On the 31 Thoughts Podcast, Elliotte Friedman said of Tocchet “I think he’s going to be a candidate in a few places, he’s had a second interview with the Rangers, Seattle and a second interview with Columbus. I think it just shows that Tocchet has a great reputation, people really respect him, like him, he’s going to end up somewhere. I’m curious to see what happens with Gallant when Team Canada gets back, it seems like Tocchet and Gallant are very serious in New York, we will see where it goes, but Tocchet has a hugely positive reputation around the league. He’s a guy a lot of people have a lot of time for.”

6/4/21 | Darren Dreger said on Buffalo radio of Tocchet “it feels like he is jumping from one airplane to another. He’s interviewed a couple of times with the New York Rangers, so has Gerard Gallant, who is coaching Team Canada, at least twice with the Rangers and I’m sure Buffalo is circling back on these guys as well.


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The Rangers have signed Nils Lundkvist

The Rangers have announced that they have signed 2018 28th overall pick Nils Lundkvist to an entry-level contract.

From the Rangers:

  • Lundkvist, 20, skated in 52 games with Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this past season, registering 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points, along with 30 penalty minutes.
  • He was named the winner of the Salming Trophy in 2020-21, which is awarded annually to the best Swedish-born defenseman in the SHL as selected by Hockey Hall of Famer Borje Salming.
  • Lundkvist established SHL career-highs in several categories in 2020-21, including games played, goals, points, average ice time (21:24), and shots on goal (156).
  • He ranked fifth in the SHL (ranked second among SHL defensemen) in shots on goal in 2020-21, and he also led SHL defensemen in goals and power play goals (eight) this past season. Lundkvist’s 14 goals in 2020-21 were the most by a defenseman in one season as a U21 player or younger in SHL history.


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The Rangers have the 15th pick in the 2021 NHL Draft

The Rangers have the 15th pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Rangers had the lowest odds to get the #1 pick at 1%. They were slated to pick at #16, but moved up one spot because Arizona’s pick was forfeited.

In prior years the Rangers have had the 15th pick:

  • 2011 : JT Miller.
  • 1991: Alexei Kovalev.
  • 1982: Chris Kontos.

The Draft will be held on July 23 and 24th.


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The Rangers have a 1% chance at #1 in tonight’s draft lottery

At tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery the Rangers have the 16th best odds, 1%, at getting the first overall pick.

The Rangers will either pick #1, #2 or  16th* overall.

The NHL will only hold drawings for the #1 and #2 picks as opposed to the three lottery drawings they have in prior years.

The Rangers won the second lottery drawing in 2019 and selected Kaapo Kakko and they won the first overall pick last year and selected Alexis Lafreniere.


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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.