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Edmonton puts Ryan Spooner on waivers

The Oilers have placed former Ranger Ryan Spooner on waivers.

The Rangers acquired Spooner at the deadline last year for Rick Nash, signed him to a two-year contract this summer and then sent him to the Oilers for Ryan Strome.

In Edmonton, Spooner has 2 goals, 1 assist, 24 shots on goal and an average of 9:47 per game in 24 games.

Since coming to the Rangers, Strome has 6 goals, 5 assists, 26 shots on goal and an average of 14:29 per game in 29 games.

Strome has two goals in the past seven games but an average of 17:40 per game.

Adam Rotter: I’m not sure if Ryan Strome will remain with the Rangers long-term but this is clearly a deal that the Rangers won. Spooner has ability and should be able to help a team with secondary, or maybe, tertiary scoring but he didn’t fit with the Rangers and hasn’t found a fit with the Oilers. Strome has the chance, because of his age and past as a high draft pick, to potentially be part of the Rangers future.


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Columbus hires Marty St. Louis as a special teams consultant

The Blue Jackets have announced that former Ranger Marty St. Louis has been hired to be a special teams consultant.

St. Louis teams up with his former coach in Tampa Bay, and former Rangers coach, John Tortorella.

Tortorella said that St. Louis made himself into a Hall of Famer player “through sheer determination, hard work and a great understanding of how to play the game the right way.”


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Mika Zibanejad named Second Star of the Week

The NHL has annouced that Mika Zibanejad was named the Second Star of the Week.


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Vitali Kravtsov at the KHL All-Star Skills Competition

Vitali Kravtstov took part in the KHL All-Star Skills and All-Star Game this past weekend.

Below is a clip of him during the skills competition.


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Zibanejad nets two and Rangers win third in a row

First Period:

  • Danton Heinen (6) ASST: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (6)
  • Filip Chytil (9)

Second Period:

  • Mika Zibanejad (16) ASST: Brady Skjei (11), Mats Zuccarello (15)

Third Period:

  • Brad Marchand (19) ASST: David Pastrnak (29), Patrice Bergeron (27)
  • PPG – Mika Zibanejad (17) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (12), Mats Zuccarello (16)

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Updates from the Rangers on Friday

The Rangers announced that Alex Georgiev has been sent to Hartford and that Marek Mazanec has been called up.

Georgiev is likely to start for Hartford while the Rangers are on their bye week and All-Star break.


Mats Zuccarello, Jesper Fast and Marc Staal all had maintenance days but will play tomorrow. (NYR)


On Ryan Lindgren’s first games, David Quinn said “he looked more comfortable for sure, the nerves were a lot less. He was a steady force, had more confidence with the puck, a lot of good signs.” (NYR)

Quinn said that tomorrow’s game against the Bruins is big because they have to “live” with the result through the bye week and All-Star break. (ESPN)

He adds that the Rangers want to be over .500 after the break. (ESPN)

On Chris Kreider, Quinn said “guys grow, I think he is 28 and right in the prime of his career. He has taken his game to a litlte bit of a new level and playing with Mika and Zucc, that line has been really good. He’s had a good year from the get go, in a different mindset and when you have that speed and shot, it’s a real simple game. Sometimes he is very analytical but if he is just playing with instincts, boy, he is a really good player.”  (ESPN)

On Chytil, “I want to get him on the ice as much as possible, he has made some big strides over the past five months and his play away from the puck has gotten better. He won’t be 20 until next September, which I think some people lose sight of but that goal was certainly a reflection of his skill set. He’s going to be a center in the big picture but sometimes it’s hard to be a center at 19. I envision him being a center when the dust settles.” (ESPN)


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