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Rangers Recall John Gilmour and Vinni Lettieri From Hartford

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled defenseman John Gilmour and forward Vinni Lettieri from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Gilmour, 25, has skated in all of Hartford's 66 games this season, registering 20 goals and 33 assists for 53 points, along with 31 penalty minutes. Gilmour established Hartford's single-season franchise record for goals by a defenseman, and he has also established personal AHL career-highs in goals, assists, and points this season. He leads AHL defensemen in points, ranks second among AHL defensemen in goals and shots on goal (162), and ranks fourth among AHL defensemen in assists this season. In addition, Gilmour leads the Wolf Pack in assists and points, ranks second on Hartford in shots on goal, and is tied for second on the team in goals in 2018-19. He also represented Hartford at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic. Gilmour has registered 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the last seven games with Hartford, posting five multi-point games over the span, and he recorded four consecutive multi-point games from Mar. 9 at Springfield to Mar. 15 at Syracuse.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Free Agent Forward Jake Elmer

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Jake Elmer.

Elmer, 20, has skated in 66 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 38 goals and 40 assists for 78 points, along with a plus-24 rating and 41 penalty minutes. He has established WHL career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Elmer posted a 13-game goal streak from Feb. 8 to Mar. 6 (17 goals over the span), which was tied for the longest goal streak in the WHL since the 1996-97 season. In addition, Elmer enters the final weekend of the WHL regular season with an active 16-game point streak. He was named the WHL's Player of the Week for the week ending on Mar. 3, as he recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) and a plus-nine rating in Lethbridge's four contests during the week. He received three awards from the team in 2018-19: Three Stars Award, Fan Favorite Award, and Community Relations Award.

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Statement from Glen Sather on the Passing of Harry Howell

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

NEW YORK, March 10, 2019 - Today, the New York Rangers and the hockey world are saddened to hear of the passing of Legendary Blueshirt, Harry Howell. One of the most iconic players in franchise history, Harry's Hall of Fame accomplishments on the ice were exceeded only by the tremendous gentleman he was off the ice. I was privileged to have worked with Harry for over a decade in both Edmonton and New York and treasure our memories together. 

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Joey Keane

Rangers' third-round pick in 2018 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

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

Keane, 19, has skated in 61 games in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season with the Barrie Colts and London Knights, registering eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points, along with a plus-14 rating and 91 penalty minutes. He is one of 11 OHL defensemen who have registered 37 or more points and have posted a plus-14 rating or better thus far this season. Keane ranks third among OHL defensemen in penalty minutes, ranks 10th among OHL defensemen in shots on goal (167), is tied for 11th among OHL defensemen in power play assists (13), is tied for 13th among OHL defensemen in power play goals (four), and is tied for 17th among OHL defensemen in assists and points this season. He posted an OHL career-high nine-game point streak over his first nine games with London from Dec. 28 vs. Windsor to Jan. 13 at Kitchener (two goals, eight assists).

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Rangers Recall Libor Hajek From Hartford

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled defenseman Libor Hajek from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hajek, 21 (turned 21 years old on Feb. 4), has skated in all of the Wolf Pack's 58 games this season, registering five assists and 36 penalty minutes. He leads AHL defensemen who are in their U21 season or younger in games played this season, and he also leads all AHL rookie defensemen (regardless of age) in games played in 2018-19. In addition, he is one of only 21 AHL defensemen who, in their U21 season or younger, have skated in at least 25 games this season.

Prior to beginning his professional career, the 6-2, 204-pounder played three seasons of junior hockey (2015-16 - 2017-18) in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Saskatoon Blades and Regina Pats, registering 19 goals and 72 assists for 91 points, along with 187 penalty minutes. Hajek, who participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game during the 2015-16 season, established WHL career-highs in goals (12), assists (27), and points (39) during his final season of junior hockey in 2017-18. In addition, Hajek recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in five games during the 2018 Memorial Cup, as he helped Regina advance to the Memorial Cup Final.

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Rangers Acquire Julius Bergman, 2019 4th & 7th Rd Picks

Blueshirts trade Adam McQuaid to Columbus

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Julius Bergman, a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Adam McQuaid.

Bergman, 23, was acquired by Columbus from Ottawa on Feb. 22 and had been assigned to the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL). Prior to being traded to Columbus, he had skated in 33 AHL games with the Belleville Senators this season, registering six assists and 12 penalty minutes. Bergman has skated in 223 career AHL games over parts of five seasons (2014-15 - 2018-19), registering 16 goals and 51 assists for 67 points, along with 151 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 205-pounder established AHL career-highs in assists (27) and points (30) with the San Jose Barracuda in 2016-17, and he tallied a career-high 10 goals with the Barracuda in 2017-18.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Boo Nieves and Steven Fogarty

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forwards Boo Nieves and Steven Fogarty on one-year contracts.

Nieves, 25, has skated in 29 games with the Rangers this season, registering three goals and five assists for eight points, along with eight penalty minutes. He recorded his first career NHL game-winning goal and was selected as the game's Second Star on Dec. 31 at St. Louis. In addition, he posted a three-game assist/point streak from Jan. 12 at NY Islanders to Jan. 15 vs. Carolina, and he recorded four assists over the span.

The 6-3, 210-pounder has skated in 58 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2016-17 - 2018-19), all with the Rangers, registering four goals and 13 assists for 17 points, along with a plus-one rating and 20 penalty minutes. Nieves made his NHL debut on Nov. 15, 2016 at Vancouver. In addition, he tallied three assists/points, including his first career NHL assist/point, and posted a plus-three rating while skating in his second career NHL game on Oct. 26, 2017 vs. Arizona. Nieves tallied nine points (one goal, eight assists) and posted a plus-six rating in 28 games with the Rangers as a rookie in 2017-18.

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Rangers Acquire 2019 1st Rd Pick, Brendan Lemieux & 2022 Conditional Pick

Blueshirts trade Kevin Hayes to Winnipeg

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, forward Brendan Lemieux, and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Kevin Hayes.

Including the first-round pick acquired from Winnipeg, the Rangers have either made, or will make, seven selections in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft over a three-year period from 2017 to 2019 (two first-round selections in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, three first-round selections in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, and two first-round selections in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft). In the NHL Entry Draft Era (beginning in 1979 after the NHL-WHA merger), no team has made more than seven first-round selections over a three-year period. In addition to the two first-round selections the Rangers currently have in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the team has the potential of making two more selections in the first round (conditional picks acquired from Dallas and Tampa Bay).

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Rangers Acquire 2019 Conditional 2nd Rd & 2020 Conditional 3rd Rd Picks

Blueshirts trade Mats Zuccarello to Dallas

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired a conditional second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Mats Zuccarello.

Including the conditional second-round pick acquired from the Stars, the Rangers currently have four picks in the first two rounds of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (the team also has its own first-round pick, its own second-round pick, and either Tampa Bay's second-round pick or first-round pick). The Blueshirts also made four selections in the first two rounds of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

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Rangers Recall Lias Andersson From Hartford Wolf Pack

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled Lias Andersson from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Andersson, 20, has skated in 36 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering six goals and 14 assists for 20 points, along with 25 penalty minutes. He has skated in 61 career AHL games over parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), both with the Wolf Pack, recording 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) and 33 penalty minutes.

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