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Rangers Announce 2019 Pre-Season Schedule

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced their 2019 pre-season schedule today. During the pre-season, the Blueshirts will play three games at Madison Square Garden and six contests in 11 days. The start time for all six games is 7:00 p.m.

The Rangers will play against three Metropolitan Division opponents during the pre-season: New Jersey, the NY Islanders, and Philadelphia. The Blueshirts begin the pre-season with a home-and-home set against the Devils on Wednesday, September 18 at MSG and Friday, September 20 at Prudential Center. After the Rangers' contest in New Jersey on September 20, the team will travel to Philadelphia to complete a back-to-back set on Saturday, September 21 at Wells Fargo Center.

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Brady Skjei's Draft Diary: 'I Hoped I'd End Up in New York'

In his own words, the Rangers defenseman talks about where he was hoping to play & some of the strangest Combine questions he experienced

by Brady Skjei | @BradySkjei

I know Howdy said in his draft diary that the day of the draft is the longest day of your life. 

He's right. 

You never know where you're going to get picked. I talked to my agent and stuff, and there were a bunch of draft rankings and mock drafts - I thought I was going to at around No. 20. But obviously, that didn't happen. 

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Gorton on Trouba Trade: 'We Jumped On It'

by Michael Obernauer

There will be a lot of eyes and anticipation on Jeff Gorton when he walks onto the NHL Draft floor this weekend carrying this year's No. 2 pick. But no one ever told the Rangers' GM that he had to wait until Friday to make a splash.

On Monday night, Gorton pulled off a trade with the Winnipeg Jets that brings Jacob Trouba to Broadway, adding to the Blueshirts' fold a 6-foot-3, 202-pound blueliner coming off a career year and who, at 25 years old, is in Gorton's words "really coming into his prime."

The Rangers sent defenseman Neal Pionk and the No. 20 selection in Friday's NHL Draft - the one Gorton had acquired from Winnipeg not quite four months ago - in exchange for Trouba, a do-it-all defenseman from Michigan who comes to New York after having spent his first six NHL seasons with the Jets.

"We're getting a really good player that we've coveted for a while," Gorton said on Monday night. "Obviously he's a player that we would covet - I think most teams would, with what he can do and provide for you, which is a lot: He's a big defenseman, he's 25 years old, he can play against the best players, he adds offense, he can kill penalties, and he's in the prime of his career.

"The opportunity for a player like that to come available doesn't happen all the time. We jumped on it."

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Rangers Acquire Jacob Trouba

Blueshirts trade Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft to Winnipeg

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Trouba, 25, skated in 82 games with Winnipeg this past season, registering eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 58 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, assists, and points. Trouba was tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists during the past season (tied with Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman), and he also ranked 13th among NHL defensemen in points during the season. Of the 13 NHL defensemen who recorded 50 or more points in 2018-19, Trouba received the least amount of power play ice time during the season (168:52; next lowest was Thomas Chabot - 205:41). In addition, Trouba's 42 assists were the second-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger this past season (trailing only Morgan Rielly), and his 50 points were the third-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger (trailing only Rielly and Chabot). He also ranked sixth in the NHL in blocked shots in 2018-19 (171).

The 6-3, 202-pounder led the Jets in total ice time (1,876:00), total shorthanded ice time (201:57), and blocked shots, ranked second in average ice time (22:53) and average shorthanded ice time (2:28), tied for second in power play assists (15), ranked third in assists and even strength assists (25), and tied for fourth in points (50; tied with Patrik Laine) in 2018-19. Trouba tallied 35 points (five goals, 30 assists) over the final 44 games of the regular season. He helped Winnipeg advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs during the past season, and he recorded one assist in six playoff contests.

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Brett Howden's Draft Diary: 'A Really Cool Feeling'

Rangers forward looks back on his 2016 NHL Draft experience & the trade that brought him to New York

by Brett Howden

On June 24, 2016, after my name had just been called by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the NHL Draft, there was only one thing going through my head as I walked up to the stage at the First Niagara Center. 

Don't trip. Don't trip on the stairs. Don't fall. 

I didn't fall, thankfully. I made it up in one piece. And walking up those stairs, hearing Gary Bettman say, "Welcome to the NHL," putting on my new team's sweater for the first time - it was a really cool feeling. 

Obviously, I wasn't drafted by the Rangers. I didn't end up in New York until almost two years after my draft year. We'll get to that later. 

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'Stay Out of the Road, Gregson': Ref Recalls '94 Cup Clincher

by Michael Obernauer

Sergei Zubov moved the puck up the right boards, and Steve Larmer cleared it down. Pavel Bure was giving chase but then stopped his stride, leaning his stick on his knees, seemingly resigned to the end. It was, by every indication, all over - the game, the series, 54 years of waiting.

Then, that whistle. Icing. One last defensive-zone faceoff. And 54 years of waiting would have to last 1.6 seconds more.

Terry Gregson had a unique vantage point on that game and that call and that unforgettable night at Madison Square Garden. Gregson didn't call the icing: He was the lone referee that evening, working the seventh game of a Stanley Cup Final for the first - and only - time in a career that spanned a quarter of a century and eight Stanley Cup Finals. Once this one was over, and now that 25 years have passed, he can laugh about that one last linesman's whistle. But on June 14, 1994, it was less of a laughing matter.

"I know some Ranger fans could have killed Kevin Collins for calling that last icing to prolong the game," Gregson said in an interview with NYRangers.com. That's where he could laugh, adding: "That's okay, though, because I could have killed him too."

Of course, an extra 1.6 seconds wasn't going to alter the course of destiny that night. Craig MacTavish tied up Bure on that final faceoff, the puck skittered to the safety of the corner, and the Rangers and the packed house at the Garden finally could unleash the delirious joy that had been bottled up, waiting to erupt, since 1940. Twenty-five years ago today, the Rangers completed that magical run to the Stanley Cup.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Defenseman Tarmo Reunanen

Rangers' fourth-round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Tarmo Reunanen on an entry-level contract.

Reunanen, 21 (turned 21 years old on March 1), skated in 58 games with Lukko in Liiga this past season, registering six goals and 19 assists for 25 points, along with 40 penalty minutes. He established Liiga career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, goals, assists, and points. Reunanen led Liiga defensemen in their U21 season or younger in goals and points, and he also ranked second among Liiga defensemen in their U21 season or younger in assists in 2018-19. Reunanen is one of five Liiga defensemen who have recorded at least 25 points during the regular season in either their U21 season or younger since 2009-10 (along with Sami Vatanen, Esa Lindell, Ville Pokka, and Sami Niku). In addition, he ranked 12th among all players in Liiga - and ranked second among players in their U21 season or younger - in average ice time in 2018-19 (21:14). Reunanen logged at least 24:00 of ice time in 19 of his final 31 regular season games, including 12 consecutive games from Dec. 11 to Jan. 17.

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2019 World Championship Journal: The Tournament Comes to an End

Team USA's gold medal quest comes to an end vs. Russia in the quarterfinals

by Brady Skjei | @BradySkjei

From now until the conclusion of the 2019 IIHF Men's Ice Hockey World Championship, Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei will be documenting his experience on and off the ice as he competes in the tournament for the first time alongside fellow Blueshirts Chris Kreider and Adam Fox. Follow along with his journey right here, and on Twitter (@NYRangers) and Instagram (@nyrangers). 

The 2019 World Championships are officially in the books. It obviously was a bit of a frustrating experience for Team USA, and the way it ended with a loss to Russia in the quarterfinals was not the way we had pictured it. That game was actually a really good game - unfortunately we started out down early, which hurt us, but we managed to fight back and make it a close game in the end. Our start hurt us, and Russia is a great team, so there was definitely some frustration after that game for sure because we weren't able to accomplish what we came to Kosice to accomplish. 

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2019 World Championship Journal: Time for a Tough Test vs. Russia

Team USA has moved on to the quarterfinals and will face its biggest challenge yet

by Brady Skjei | @BradySkjei

From now until the conclusion of the 2019 IIHF Men's Ice Hockey World Championship, Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei will be documenting his experience on and off the ice as he competes in the tournament for the first time alongside fellow Blueshirts Chris Kreider and Adam Fox. Follow along with his journey right here, and on Twitter (@NYRangers) and Instagram (@nyrangers). 

Tomorrow is a big day for Team USA: We face Russia, the top seed in the tournament, in the quarterfinals at Worlds. 

Getting here wasn't easy. We won five times - once in overtime - and lost twice, in our first and last games of the preliminaries. Our win over Germany this past Sunday clinched our quarterfinals berth, which was obviously a huge thing. That's the goal coming into the tournament, is you want to get into this part of the tournament, to another round. We were really excited.

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Davidson on Return to Rangers: 'Dreams Do Come True'

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

It has been 44 years since John Davidson and the Rangers first got to know one another, when a young goaltender two years removed from junior hockey came to New York City and found his home. On Wednesday, the Rangers not only brought J.D. home but handed him the keys to the hockey club, in a midday gathering at Madison Square Garden that had all the look of a press conference but all the feel of a family reunion.

When Davidson took the podium for the first time as the new President of the New York Rangers, the tears were welling in his eyes but the words came out first.

"Dreams do come true," Davidson said simply.

It was a dream day at the Garden on Wednesday, the Blueshirts welcoming home a man known to and beloved by generations of Ranger fans - and one who since leaving New York 13 years ago happens to have established himself as one of the most respected executives in the National Hockey League. All these years later, J.D. is a Ranger again, formally introduced on Wednesday as the 11th President in the history of a franchise that so obviously means as much to Davidson as he has meant to the franchise and its fans.

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