New York Rangers Player News: All Positions

News: DeAngelo (lower body) did not report to Rangers camp Thursday due to his contract situation, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: DeAngelo could still sign his one-year, $874,125 qualifying offer, but clearly believes he should be given better terms by the club. The 23-year-old may have to wait until some of the other RFA defensemen (Ivan Provorov, Brandon Carlo, or Charlie McAvoy) sign in order to really get a feel for the market, though DeAngelo is unlikely to garner similar AAV. Still, the New Jersey native is coming off a career year in which he set personal bests in games played (61), assists (26) and points (30).
News: Lemieux and the Rangers have agreed on a one-year contract for the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: The Rangers extended Lemieux a qualifying offer in late June after he tallied six points in 19 games with the club following a midseason trade that landed him in New York. He's entering his last year of arbitration before potentially securing a long-term deal.
News: Morrow inked a professional tryout agreement with the Rangers on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Morrow logged just 41 games with the Jets last season, in part due to injuries. The 26-year-old blueliner has a decent shot of securing a spot on the 23-man roster, but will need to outperform youngsters Libor Hajek (shoulder) and Anthony DeAngelo (lower body). Even if Morrow can secure a permanent deal, he may need to settle for a two-way contract and spend some time in the minors.
News: Kravtsov potted a pair of power-play goals in Monday's 4-3 win over Minnesota at the prospect tournament in Traverse City.
Impact: Kravtsov showed excellent chemistry with fellow top prospect Kaapo Kakko, who assisted on both of Kravtsov's tallies, which came on a five-minute major. The ninth overall selection from the 2018 draft is drawing less fanfare than Kaako, but Kravtsov will likely make the Rangers' roster as well and should open the season in a middle-six role.
News: Kakko (illness) scored the overtime winner and added a trio of assists in Monday's 4-3 win over Minnesota at the prospect tournament in Traverse City.
Impact: Kakko's debut in North America lived up to its lofty billing, as he assisted on each of New York's goals in regulation before potting the winner in OT. He dominated a men's league and Finland this past season, and other prospects didn't fare any better at slowing him down here, so Kakko will now set his sights on delivering against NHL competition.
News: Kakko (illness) will suit up for Monday's prospect tournament clash with Minnesota.
Impact: While Kakko will no doubt benefit from the added ice time prior to training camp, the real question will be how he stacks up against the team's veterans, and ultimately, opposing NHL players. The winger is a lock for the Opening Night roster versus Winnipeg on Oct. 3, though where he slots in will be worked out during camp. A second-line role seems the most likely, though some looks with the No. 1 group certainly isn't out of the question. Regardless of where he plays, Kakko figures to push for the 30-goal mark in his rookie season, making him a top-end fantasy option, especially in dynasty leagues.
News: Kakko (illness) will miss a second consecutive game at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament against Dallas on Saturday.
Impact: Kakko's much-anticipated debut in a Rangers uniform will have to wait, but he probably has the least to prove among the team's prospects, as the second overall selection from the 2019 draft is pretty much a lock for a roster spot and a prominent role out of the gate. The Rangers have one more game left at this tournament -- they face the WIld on Monday.
News: Farnham secured a one-year contract with the Belfast Giants (EIHL) on Saturday.
Impact: Farnham hasn't played in an NHL contest since the 2016-17 campaign, when he logged three games for the Habs. After two years in the minors with AHL Springfield, the Boston University product will get his first taste of European hockey. This move all but closes the door on the winger's time in the NHL and figures to see him eventually retire with eight goals and two helpers in 67 games for the Penguins, Devils and Canadiens.
News: Shattenkirk had his contract bought out by the Rangers on Wednesday, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Shattenkirk obviously didn't live up to the four-year, $26.6 million extension he signed with the Rangers two summers ago. He racked up 51 points in 119 games, but was a minus-29 in two seasons. His contract being off the books will save the team just over $5 million in cap space for the upcoming season, but the Blueshirts will have a $6 million dead cap hit toward the cap for the 2020-21 season. After fizzling out in the Big Apple, Shattenkirk will surely find another team, but he'll likely be settling for a lot less money.
News: Lundkvist suffered a lower-body injury in Sweden's 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase game against the United States on Saturday, Corey Pronman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. Even if the issue is deemed to be minor, Lundkvist will almost certainly be shut down for the remainder of the brief summer tournament. The 28th overall selection in the 2018 draft, Lundkvist will return to his native Sweden to play for Lulea this season. There's a chance he could cross the pond in the spring of 2020.
News: Buchnevich signed a two-year, $3.25 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Buchnevich filed for arbitration July 5 after being handed a qualifying offer that he deemed unsatisfactory. The 22-year-old notched a career-high 21 goals over 64 games last season in addition to earning 17 assists while averaging 15:10 of ice time per game. Buchnevich figures to slot into a middle-six role for New York in 2019-20.
News: Lettieri put pen to paper on a one-year contract with the Rangers on Wednesday.
Impact: Lettieri split time between leagues last season, as he saw action in 27 NHL and 48 minor-league contests. The 24-year-old was a point per game player with the Wolf Pack, but managed a mere three points while averaging 10:09 of ice time with the Rangers. The center is far from a lock for the 23-man roster Opening Night against the Jets on Oct. 3, but a strong showing in camp could earn him a spot.
News: Trouba agreed to terms on a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: Trouba was acquired by New York from Winnipeg in June and has now tied himself to the club for the next seven years. With this deal, the 25-year-old becomes the highest paid blueliner on the Rangers and trails only Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5 million) and Artemi Panarin ($11.6 million) in terms of annual cap hit. Clearly, team brass believes the Michigan native can repeat his 2018-19 campaign, in which he set career highs in assists (42), points (50) and shots (162).
News: Di Giuseppe secured a contract from the Rangers on Thursday.
Impact: Di Giuseppe logged 24 games for the Hurricanes and Predators last season, notching one goal, three assists and 31 shots. While the team didn't provide any specifics, the 2012 second-round pick is likely sitting on a two-way deal and figures to split time between leagues this year.
News: Kakko signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on Thursday.
Impact: Kakko went second overall in the 2019 draft after the Devils selected Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick, but he was considered by many to be the most NHL-ready player in this year's class, and should be able to step in and produce at a high-end level from Day 1 with the Rangers. The 18-year-old Finn will likely slot into a top-six role and a spot on New York's first power-play unit from the get-go, and should be considered a high-upside selection in re-draft formats. He's a player to build around in dynasty settings.
News: Tokarski signed a one-year, standard AHL contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday, WheelhouseHockey.org reports.
Impact: Tokarski split the past season between AHL Hartford and Charlotte while under contract with the Rangers, but his new deal will have no ties to an NHL team. As such, Tokarski will be eligible to sign with any of the league's 31 teams if his performance in the minors warrants a look. The 29-year-old goaltender last appeared at hockey's top level in 2016-17 as a member of the Ducks.
News: Trouba has filed for salary arbitration, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: Trouba had his best campaign yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in points (50) and shots on goal (162) while averaging nearly 23 minutes of ice time per contest in 82 appearances. The former Jet is definitely due for a raise on the $5.5 million he made last season, but it remains to be seen if he'll be able to procure one through negotiations with the Rangers or if it will require the assistance of a neutral arbitrator.
News: Buchnevich has filed for salary arbitration, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: Buchnevich enjoyed another solid season in 2018-19, setting a career high in goals (21) while tallying 38 points in 64 games, so it's not surprising to see that he's looking for a raise on the $925,000 he's made annually during his three-year, entry-level contract. The 24-year-old winger will likely slot into a middle-six role for the Rangers in 2019-20, and should threaten the 40-point mark for a third straight campaign.
News: O'Regan agreed to terms on a contract with New York on Monday.
Impact: The specifics of O'Regan's deal with the Rangers have yet to be revealed, but it's probably safe to assume he'll be playing on a short-term contract. The 25-year-old forward will likely spend most, if not all, of the upcoming campaign with New York's minor-league affiliate, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars.
News: McKegg agreed to terms on a contract with the Rangers on Monday.
Impact: The terms of this deal have yet to be disclosed, but McKegg is probably going to be playing on a one-year contract. The 27-year-old notched six goals and 11 points in 41 games as a bottom-six forward for the Hurricanes in 2018-19, and will likely play a similar role for New York during the upcoming campaign.
News: Panarin signed a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with the Rangers on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Who needs Kevin Durant when Madison Square Garden will now have Panarin to dazzle the fans for the next seven years? New York has reeled in the biggest fish in the free agency pond, further turbocharging a rebuild that has quickly moved into the competitive phase thanks to the offseason additions of Panarin, Jacob Trouba and second overall pick Kaapo Kakko. The Russian winger has 320 points in 322 career NHL appearances between the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets. He should instantly slot in on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit on Broadway.
News: Nell was sent a qualifying offer from the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: Nell has played exclusively in the AHL for Hartford, going 10-11-0 with a 3.38 GAA and .894 save percentage in 24 career games. The Rangers seem to be in limbo with their goaltending situation at the moment, especially with an aging Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes.
News: Lemieux was issued a qualifying offer from the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: After he was buried on the fourth line in Winnipeg, Lemieux caught a break after he was dealt to the Rangers in the Kevin Hayes deal at the trade deadline. He tallied 12 goals and 17 points in 63 games between the Jets and Rangers last campaign. The 23-year-old could be in line for a larger role as the roster begins to take shape heading into the 2019-20 season.
News: New York extended a qualifying offer to DeAngelo (lower body) on Tuesday.
Impact: DeAngelo had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in assists (26), points (30) and games played (61) while posting a plus-6 rating. The former Coyote could easily surpass the 40-point mark in 2019-20 if he's able to stay healthy.
News: The Rangers handed Lettieri a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Lettieri didn't have much success with the big club this season, tallying three points in 27 appearances, but he was highly productive during his time with AHL Hartford, racking up 23 goals and 48 points in 48 games. The University of Minnesota product will get a chance to compete for a spot on the Rangers' Opening Night roster during training camp.
News: Halverson didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: The Rangers have a number of high-end goaltending prospects in their pipeline, so the fact that they're comfortable with letting Halverson walk into free agency is hardly surprising. The 23-year-old was, however, a second-round pick in 2014, so he'll probably get another shot with a different organization.
News: Bigras didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: Bigras was a steady producer from the blue line for AHL Hartford last season, notching 22 points in 52 games, so although his time with the Rangers has likely come to an end, he should be able to land a two-way deal with another organization with relative ease this offseason.
News: The Rangers didn't extend a qualifying offer to Claesson on Tuesday, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Impact: This isn't exactly surprising, as the Rangers are in pretty good shape in terms of right-side defenders heading into 2019-20, particularly after acquiring Jacob Trouba in a trade with the Jets earlier this month. Claesson is, however, a decent bottom-pairing option, so he shouldn't have any trouble finding suitors once free agency opens.
News: The Rangers sent Buchnevich a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: This was essentially a formality, as there was little doubt that the Rangers would want to retain Buchnevich's rights after he logged another solid season in 2018-19, picking up 21 goals and 38 points in 64 games. The Russian winger will likely sign a multi-year deal to remain in New York in the coming weeks.
News: The Rangers extended Bergman a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: The Rangers just acquired Bergman and a pair of 2019 draft picks from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Adam McQuaid in February, so it's not surprising that they decided to retain his rights by sending him a qualifying offer. The 2014 second-round pick will play for Frolunda HC of the SHL in 2019-20, but the Rangers will get first dibs at signing him if he decides to return to North America in the future.
News: Miller will be back at the University of Wisconsin for his sophomore season, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Miller dealt with a knee injury that shortened his freshman year, which no doubt factored into his decision to return to the Badgers for another season. Wisconsin has incoming freshman Cole Caufield and Alex Turcotte, who were both top 15 picks at the 2019 NHL Draft, joining the team as well, giving Miller a decent chance at winning some games and, perhaps, lifting some hardware. It certainly seems unlikely the defenseman will use all four years of eligibility and could link up with the Rangers once the collegiate season comes to a close this year.
News: Jones was drafted 68th overall by the Rangers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: The reigning USHL Rookie of the Year, Jones is coming off a season in which he led all defensemen in assists with 45. He wins with elite hockey sense. Jones' positioning is always on point and he defends well for a kid whose foot speed would likely be termed as below-average. Jones has the smarts and puck skills to develop into a useful professional player, but he lacks that explosive gear you like to see from an undersized (5-foot-10) defenseman. Collegiate hockey should be a great test for the Virginia native. Jones is off to UMass-Amherst this fall.
News: Henriksson was drafted 58th overall by the Rangers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Henriksson spent a good portion of this season playing with top 2020 draft prospects Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz and his production increased as a result. Henriksson was a visible and effective player (49 points in 45 games) for Djurgardens' junior team and he led Sweden in scoring in helping the country win the gold medal at the World U-18 Championship in April. More of a playmaker than finisher, Henriksson's hockey IQ is fantastic and he's a decent defensive player. There isn't a dynamic element to his game, but Henriksson is a perfectly reasonable selection at this point in the draft.
News: Robertson was drafted 49th overall by the Rangers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Robertson is your typical WHL defender in the sense that he has good size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), plays a spirited game, and has just enough speed/skill to chip in some offense here and there. Robertson got a ton of minutes this season for WHL Edmonton (maybe too many) and his play slipped just a bit as the season progressed. He looks like a competent No. 4 defenseman who can be deployed in all situations and not hurt his club. Robertson is just a solid, effective all-around defender.
News: Kakko was drafted second overall by the Rangers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Kakko is a stud. And he'd be the clear-cut top pick if Jack Hughes wasn't in this draft class. He already has a trophy case full of world championship golds -- U18s, U20s and most recently, the 2019 men's tournament, where he scored six goals and seven points in 10 games. Kakko is a top-line winger with great puck skills, a quick shot and high-end vision. He's already man-strong at 18 and excels in possession. And he's NHL-ready right now. Kakko will be short-listed for the Calder this season. And he'll be a star on the ice and in fantasy if the Mikko Rantanen comps are correct.
News: Miller (lower body) will join Team USA at the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase.
Impact: Miller was sidelined for the end of the Wisconsin Badgers' season due to his lower-body injury, but appears to be good to go for the 2019-20 season. The blueliner figures to lead the Badgers blue line for another year, but could sign an entry-level deal upon completion of his collegiate campaign.
News: Trouba was traded to the Rangers in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Impact: Trade rumors have swirled around Trouba all offseason after a terrific 50-point campaign this season. As a restricted free agent, the Rangers are technically acquiring his rights, but they have the cap space to retain him and a deal will likely be coming soon. The 25-year-old blueliner will have a similar role that he did in Winnipeg as a top-pair defenseman and a key member of the power play.