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From Richmond to Rangers, Zac Jones Keeps Raising the Bar

New York's 2019 Third-Rounder Continues to Exceed Expectations

by Michael Obernauer

NYRANGERS.COM -- The distance between Richmond, Va., and Plymouth, Mich., is a little under a thousand miles, but in the world of hockey it is not a well-trodden path. It is the kind of journey that Zac Jones, when he was growing up in Virginia's capital region, playing on a homemade miniature rink, could never even fathom.

"Not a clue in the world," Jones said. "Even last year about this time when I was chosen for that All-America (Prospects) Game, and I had not a clue in the world that that would be even an option. I guess I've always been a guy that kind of flew under the radar, and I like that."

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K'Andre Miller, Zac Jones Open Eyes at World Junior Summer Showcase

Defensemen Miller (2018 selection) and Jones (2019 selection) excel for Team USA at annual summer tournament

by Jess Isner

PLYMOUTH, MICH. - One is embarking on his second summer tour with the U.S. World Juniors National Team. The other is in the midst of his first go-round, with plenty still to prove and a dogged determination to do just that. 

Both prospects, aside from being defensemen drafted one year apart by the New York Rangers, have at least one other thing in common: They're never satisfied. 

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Rangers to Play 13 Games on NBC Sports During the 2019-20 Season

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

NBC Sports announced its 2019-20 NHL regular season coverage today. The New York Rangers will play 13 games on NBC Sports during the 2019-20 season.

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Gord Murphy Named Associate Head Coach of the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has named Gord Murphy Associate Head Coach of the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Murphy, 52, joins the Rangers organization after spending parts of the last 16 seasons as an Assistant Coach in the NHL (2002-03 - 2018-19). Most recently, he served parts of five seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Philadelphia Flyers (2014-15 - 2018-19), and he was on the same coaching staff as current Wolf Pack Head Coach Kris Knoblauch for parts of two seasons with the Flyers (2017-18 and 2018-19). Murphy has also served as an Assistant Coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2002-03 - 2009-10) and Florida Panthers (2010-11 - 2013-14) in his coaching career. In addition, he was a member of Canada's coaching staff at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, and he helped Canada earn a bronze medal in the tournament.

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Rangers Buy Out Kevin Shattenkirk

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has bought out the contract of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

"Today's decision was a very difficult one," Rangers President John Davidson said. "Kevin is a great person and teammate and he was extremely proud to be a New York Ranger. We wish him and his family all the best going forward."

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Kris Knoblauch Is All About Teaching & Winning

New Wolf Pack Coach is 'The Right Guy for This Job'

by Michael Obernauer

When the Rangers went looking for the next Head Coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack and the man who would guide the American League affiliate as this new era begins on Broadway, the team made a choice to pursue a person who is both a coach and a teacher. In this case, quite literally.

That man is Kris Knoblauch, who on Monday was named the seventh Head Coach in Wolf Pack history. Knoblauch comes to Hartford after spending the last two seasons behind the Philadelphia Flyers' bench as an assistant coach, and having spent the seven seasons before that as a bench boss in junior hockey, coaching and developing the likes of Connor McDavid and other current NHL stars, and doing a whole, whole lot of winning.

Knoblauch "checked all the boxes," in the words of Chris Drury, and hiring him checks a big box off of the Wolf Pack General Manager's summer to-do list ahead of a season in which the Rangers will welcome a fresh flock of high-talent prospects, a group whose future will be shaped in part by the time they'll spend in Hartford.

"It was huge to find the right guy for this job," Drury said in an interview with NYRangers.com. "Finding the right guy is a big step for the Rangers, for the Wolf Pack and for the organization. We were determined to get it right, and we really feel like we did."

"To be able to be part of the regrowth and the development of these young players is just really, really exciting," Knoblauch told NYRangers.com on Monday. "I can't wait to get started."

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Kris Knoblauch Named Head Coach of the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack

Becomes Seventh Head Coach in Wolf Pack History

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has named Kris Knoblauch Head Coach of the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Knoblauch is the seventh head coach in Wolf Pack history.

Knoblauch, 40, joins the Rangers organization with 13 seasons of coaching experience, including parts of seven seasons as a head coach. Most recently, he served as an Assistant Coach with the Philadelphia Flyers for the past two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). Prior to joining the Flyers, Knoblauch served as a Head Coach for seven consecutive seasons (2010-11 - 2016-17), first with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and then with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for parts of five seasons from 2012-13 - 2016-17. Over Knoblauch's seven seasons as a head coach with Kootenay and Erie, his teams posted a 298-130-16-13 record in 457 regular season games (.684 points percentage). In his first season with Kootenay in 2010-11, Knoblauch guided the team to a 46-21-1-4 record (97 points) in the regular season and helped the team win the WHL Championship, as the Ice won 16 of 19 WHL playoff games.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Pavel Buchnevich

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Pavel Buchnevich.

Buchnevich, 24, skated in 64 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 21 goals and 17 assists for 38 points, along with 13 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including goals, even strength goals (14), power play goals (seven), and average ice time (15:10). Buchnevich led the Rangers (min. 10 games played) in goals per 60 minutes of ice time during the past season (1.30), and he also ranked fourth among all Rangers in points per 60 minutes of ice time (2.35). Buchnevich tied for second on the Blueshirts in power play goals, ranked third in goals, and ranked fourth in points in 2018-19, and 30 of his 38 points during the season were either a goal or the primary assist on a goal. He tallied a point in eight of his final 10 games of the season (five goals, four assists), and he posted a career-high seven-game point streak from Mar. 16, 2019 at Minnesota to Mar. 31, 2019 at Philadelphia.

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Jacob Trouba 'Couldn't Be Happier' to Call Broadway Home

by Michael Obernauer

Once the 2018-19 season had ended, and Jacob Trouba stepped into a summer of the unknown and the very real possibility that he could be traded for the first time in his career, he and his fiancée, Kelly Tyson, decided to sit down together, with pen and paper, and walk through what Trouba called "a little exercise."

"Kind of a funny story: We did kind of a little exercise I guess before this whole thing started happening, and we wrote down the places we would want to be, separately from each other, and then shared them with each other," Trouba said in an interview with NYRangers.com on Friday. "The Rangers were the first place on both of our lists. And the rest of the list was pretty jumbled. So I'd say it worked out pretty good for both of us that we ended up in New York. That was the place. We couldn't be happier with how everything played out."

The one-team wish was granted when the big blueliner became a Ranger back on June 17, the day General Manager Jeff Gorton grabbed him in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets. Then on Friday afternoon, Trouba went through one more exercise with pen and paper -- this one completing his dream move and locking him up in a Blueshirt for a long time to come.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Jacob Trouba

by New York Rangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba.

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).

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