Found April 11, 2014 on NY Rangers Blog:
The New York Rangers and forward Benoit Pouliot have expressed interest in signing a contract extension, Pouliot’s agent, Kent Hughes, told the New York Daily News. From the article: “‘They’re interested in re-signing him, and he’s interested in staying in New York,’ Pouliot’s agent, Kent Hughes of MFIVE Sports, told the Daily News by phone on Friday morning. ‘With the playoffs around the corner, I don’t expect things to accelerate until the season’s over. But once it is, there will be time to figure out whether there’s a deal to be done, and there is no reason to believe we won’t get something done.’” Pouliot, 27, has 15 goals and 36 points in 79 games this season and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. As with every negotiation, the sticking point will be contract terms. The Ryan Callahan situation highlighted how mutual interest in a contract extension doesn’t automatically equate to a completed deal. That being said, “there is no reason to believe we wo

Rangers, Pouliot have mutual interest in extension

Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers and forward Benoit Pouliot have mutual interest in a contract extension that would keep the forward in New York. Signed as a UFA to a one-year, $1.3 million deal, Pouliot has been a pleasant surprise for the Rangers. Clicking on the “third” line with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello, Pouliot […]

Kreider Skates, McDonagh Does Not at Optional This Morning

Chris Kreider (broken left hand) was back on the ice for the second time in three days as he participated in this morning’s optional skate. Kreider had gloves on both hands, but was only using his right as he did tip drills in the crease. …definitely encouraging seeing him out there, but I don’t think his timetable has been changed as the earliest he’d be back would be sometime...

Raphael Diaz filling in nicely as injury replacement

When the Rangers acquired Raphael Diaz for a 5th round pick, it was pegged as a depth move made by a team that needed a #7 defenseman pretty badly. We made the same assessment, but said not to sleep on that deal. Diaz was a solid contributor for Montreal and Vancouver, perhaps more-so than his […]

Is the Pouliot news evidence of Sather’s change in approach?

Can old dogs learn new tricks? Everyone will agree that Glen Sather’s approach to the Lundqvist, Girardi and especially Callahan contract situations over the last year adversely impacted the Rangers this season. It almost certainly cost the Rangers their captain (even if Callahan’s demands were excessive). News of Pouliot and the Rangers having a ‘mutual […]

Vigneault still mum on injured McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers’ No. 1 defenseman, continued his climb back toward the lineup on Wednesday, practicing with the team while wearing a non-contact yellow jersey. McDonagh will miss his fourth straight game on Thursday when the Blueshirts host the last-overall Sabres, as he is still recovering from the left-shoulder injury suffered April 1 in Vancouver. Coach Alain Vigneault...

Did Vigneault Endorse McDonagh For Captain?

The feeling around Rangers Nation is that Ryan McDonagh should be the next Rangers captain. And from the sound of things, Alain Vigneault likely agrees… “He can only get better as a leader on our team, assuming more responsibilities. He’s a great person. He’s got a real even keel to how he goes about himself. I think he’s going to become a real big part of our foundation...

Game 82: Meaningless game in Montreal

Tonight’s game is meaningless for the Rangers. They have locked up the #2 seed in the Metropolitan Division, and will likely play Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. None of Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi, Martin St. Louis, or Ryan McDonagh (despite being 100%) will play tonight, as the Rangers are resting their vets […]

Rangers nip Sabres, gain home ice for 1st round of playoffs

So the Rangers have wrapped up home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, everyone in the locker room was speaking of confidence as if it abounds, and, boy, isn’t life jolly? The reality is that Thursday night at the Garden should have been a wake-up call, a 2-1 win over the league-worst Sabres that was less than two minutes from being an utter embarrassment. With...

Ryan McDonagh Will Have A Target On His Left Shoulder

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, The Rangers aren’t going to be foolish and expose Ryan McDonagh and his impaired left shoulder to the danger that awaits on the ice until he is healthy enough and the game is important enough to warrant his return. But even if that will mean longer than a two-week rest, rehab and recuperation between the night he was injured in Vancouver...

Friday (4/11/14) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers clinch home-ice advantage in first round with win over Sabres Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Ryan McDonagh working to get back on ice New York Post –  Nash’s goal gives Rangers win against league-worst Sabres New York Post - McDonagh will be a marked man New York Post –  Micheletti: Why these Rangers are better suited for Cup run Daily News ...

McDonagh 100%, But Won’t Play Tonight; Girardi & St. Louis Also Out; Talbot Starts

#NYR Lineup Update: McDonagh, Girardi, and St. Louis are all healthy but will not play tonight..Talbot starts in goal — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 12, 2014 McDonagh says his shoulder is 100% and he has full range of motion. “I feel ready to play, I am ready to go, but you have to respect the coach’s decision..I’ll be ready when the playoffs start,” McDonagh added...

Wow And Ewww

Brady Skjei (Minnesota Golden Gophers)Just 2 games involving New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects on Thursday evening, one was a classic full of everything that makes hockey so much fun to be a fan of. The other was a maddening display of a young players inconsistent play. The classic was the second semifinal of the NCAA's Frozen Four featuring Ranger prospect Brady...

Rangers 2, Sabres 1

The New York Rangers (45-31-5) defeated the Buffalo Sabres (21-50-9) by the score of 2-1, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports. …the best thing I can say about tonight’s game is that the Rangers earned two points. Combine that with the Flyers loss in Tampa and the Blueshirts have earned home ice in the first round, which will allow them to further rest McDonagh as well...

Game 81: Home finale against Buffalo

The Rangers play their final home game tonight, as the lowly Buffalo Sabres come to town. A win tonight can clinch at least a #3 seed in the Metropolitan Division, ensuring the Rangers avoid the Penguins until the second round, and the Bruins until the Conference Finals. The Rangers can clinch the #2 seed and […]

McDonagh Earns Team MVP & Players Player Award

#NYR @RMcDonagh27 has been named the 2013-14 Team MVP and the winner of the Players’ Player Award! Congrats Mac!! — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 11, 2014 …heard the vote for Team MVP was neck and neck between McDonagh and Pyatt. …wonder if McDonagh being named captain is next.
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