The New York Rangers They improved their exhibition standings to 2-1-1 after beating the New Jersey Devils 2-1.
With two games remaining to prepare for the new season, the next round of roster adjustments is coming soon. These contests will make it to the final roster on opening night which is October 11th versus Tampa Bay Lightning.
|Monday, September 26 (7:00 pm)||New York||MSG, MSGSN, NHLN, ESPN 98.7||W, 4-1|
|Tuesday, September 27 (7:00 pm)||BO||MSG, NESN+, NHLN, ESPN 98.7||l, 3-2(extra time)|
|Thursday, September 29 (7:00 pm)||New Jersey||MSG, MSGSN, NHLN, ESPN 98.7||l, 5-2|
|Friday, September 30 (7:00 pm)||NJ||MSG, MSGSN, NHLN, ESPN 98.7||w, 2-1|
|Wednesday October 5 (7:00 pm)||boss||TNT|
|Saturday October 8 (7:00 pm)||NYI||MSG|
New York Rangers ready to make more cuts
On Friday, Rangers trimmed their training camp roster by 8 players bringing the total number of players to 34. To the AHL.
Here are all the names left in the camp with those in bold and italic Still fighting for a place:
Attackers (20): Sami Place Johnny Brodzinsky and Ryan CarpenterPhilip Shettle Will Coyle, Julien GautierTim Gettinger Barkley Godrow Dryden Hunt, Capo Kaku, Vitaly Kravtsov, Chris Kreider, Alexis Lavrinier, Laurie BagoneyemiArtemi Banarin, Ryan Reeves, Gustav RydalVincent Trochek Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanjad
Defense men (11): Matt Bartkowski, Ty Emberson and Adam Fox Libor Hajik, Zach JonesRyan Lindgren, Candre Miller, Braden Schneider, Jared Tenordi, Jacob Troba, Andy Wilinsky
Goalkeepers (3): Louis Domingu, Jaroslav Halak, Igor Shesterkin
Two deals in the pipeline are striker Tim Gettinger and Defenseman Andy Welinski, who were placed in concessions yesterday. They will be sent to Wolfpack if cleared.
That already puts the list at 32 with Gerard Gallant preparing to make more cuts ahead of Rangers’ next game on Wednesday, October 5.
“For our coaching staff, we will have about 27 or 28 players in the near future in the last two games,” Gallant said. “We will have most of our team members play those matches to prepare for the regular season.”
So we know two players simply by concession deal, but who else is an obvious cut?
Louis Doming was given ahead of the opening night roster, but he will stay here for training and likely support Igor Shesterkin and Yaroslav Halak. That means we’re looking at about 5 more sale this weekend.
Will Coyle, Ty Emberson, Laurie Bagonemy, Gustav Rydal and Jared Tenordi are the next expected cuts.
While it is possible that Matt Bartkowski will be released from the PTO soon, I think the Rangers are giving him another look as the seventh man. If tenordi does not stay.
As for Will Cuylle, he looked good but would be better served when he played at least one professional season with the Wolf Pack. The 20-year-old has the right size to play in this league but needs to develop his game to be effective at the NHL level.
Gustav Rydal is someone on this list that many will ask and won’t be happy to see. Even though he was solid and earned his first pre-season point over last night’s K’Andre Miller game winner, the fact that he’s given up exempt is the reason for his expulsion. That’s fine because I think he did enough to be the first contact in the event of an injury.
New York Rangers camp battles
Zach Jones is the sixth man of defense
Coming to camp, many believe that the battle for who will be Braden Schneider’s partner this season was between Zach Jones and Matthew Robertson. It soon became clear that Robertson wasn’t impressive as Lebor Hadjek returned from the off-season in perfect condition and was well tested. Robertson was early and none of the other defensive men stood out.
“When my legs move that’s the most important thing for me,” Jones said after the win against New Jersey. “Schneids played a great match with me and is a great partner. I think he and I work well together.”
All together, they’ve been used as a pair in both games they’ve played with Jones scoring in their first game together against the Islanders to open an exhibition event and Sneijder getting last night’s assist in an Artemi Panarin goal. To me, it’s clear today that Jones will start this season.
At this point, the additional defender job will go to Libor Hajek. Despite the transformations, he was more impressive than Bartkovsky, who was burned several times by faster opponents.
Two open points at the bottom of the six rangers
Given a salary cap, Rangers are unlikely to hold the 23-player cap. This means that there are a lot of players fighting for what looks like one place in the fourth line and the extra striker.
In fact, it would take a lot to beat Ryan Carpenter, who was signed this summer to replace Kevin Rooney in the fourth streak and hit penalty kicks. He and Gallant are also familiar with each other since their time together in Vegas.
The remaining players are Jimmy Vesey, Dryden Hunt, Johnny Brodzinski, and Julien Gauthier, all vying for one place.
Of the four, Brodzinski was solid but no better than the others he faces. In addition, he is the leader of the Wolf Pack and they need all the help they can get.
Julien Gauthier seemed quick and strong in excitement before the start of the season, but again couldn’t finish despite taking 11 shots in 3 games. If he’s focused, I’d say he has a chance. However, the Blueshirts’ wings are very laden and never outdone Hunt or Vesey. Look for the Rangers to trade him before they have to give him concessions.
Finally, he’ll go down to Jimmy Vesey and Dryden Hunt for the last spot ahead. Although Hunt has good speed and a strong lead checker, he is not a good penalty shooter. That’s why 29-year-old Vesey will turn his PTO into a record contract and make his second tour of duty with the Rangers at 202-23.
Vessi also scored a goal and two assists in his three matches, as well as his tricky back-check for the ball last night and saved the equalizer and kept Rangers winning.
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