Frank Seravalli The Daily Faceoff put together a list of the top 15 trade targets as we close out the second month. Amongst the list is former Ranger J.T. Miller, whom is among several Canucks players that might become available given their start to the season.
There's a lot working against this one though, especially with the Rangers now talking to Strome about an extension. While Miller can also play wing as well as center, the challenge will likely be trying to fit the $5.25M salary into the roster for next year, not to mention what they would do after next season when he becomes a UFA.
The 28 year old forward (29 in March), certainly has done well in Vancouver, putting up nearly a point a game (141 points in 146 games), and could well want out if the Canucks decide to rebuild. Alternatively, the Canucks might want to keep much of their current team, and certainly someone who has been such a good fit there.
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 4:48:52 PM - November 17, 2021
The Rangers kept their positive play, positive vibes and positive results going last night, with a 3-2 win over the struggling Montreal Canadiens. Kaapo Kakko scored for the second straight game, Chris Kreider got his 12th and Julien Gauthier capped it off with his first career game winning goal as Igor Shesterkin stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced.
For the most part, the Rangers had the better of the game, and perhaps could have added a couple if not for lack of finishing. The Canadiens struggled all night in their own zone, but looked more potent than their record would suggest, when camped out in the Rangers' end of the ice.
Filip Chytil returned to the ice after missing three games, and looked pretty good. He had his best chance in the game during the third period, when he skated down the right wing and then skated across the crease to get goaltender Cayden Primeau to commit before shooting a puck off the crossbar with the netminder down. Chytil finished with two shots on goal, in what was his 199th career game
TWICE IS NICE: Kaapo Kakko got his first goal of the season on Sunday, and followed up with a second goal of the season to open the scoring. It initially appeared that Panarin had lost his scoring opportunity but he found a wide open Kakko in the slot and the goaltender was well out of the net. Kakko looked much more assertive this game, and while there's still plenty of room for improvement, it's good to see that his confidence is rising
The top pair of Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren have not been as reliable defensively this year, and they were victimized once again last night on the Canadiens first goal. If the Rangers can't get them going, then the opposition might continue to target them going forward and perhaps turn what was a strength into a weakness
Igor Shesterkin wasn't necessarily at his best last night, allowing two goals on 33 shots, but picked up his 8th win of the year. That's one behind the quartet of league leaders in Mikko Koskinen, Jack Campbell, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson. It was his 33rd career win, which tied him with Cam Talbot for 22nd overall
TIME FOR SOME R&R: Ryan Reaves has shown more since coming back from injury, and got into his first fight of the year, a one-sided affair against Michael Pezzetta who prompted the bout. Kreider scored soon after Reaves had got the crowd going, and the middle of the second belonged to the Rangers for the most part
Kakko was certainly impressed witth the battle:
Kaapo Kakko's reaction when I asked him about the Reaves fight was priceless.
His eyes got wide and he said: "I haven’t seen something like that." 😳#NYR
CHRIS MAS: Chris Kreider converted on a no look pass from Mika Zibanejad to put the Rangers up 2-1 in the second, regaining the lead for the second time in the game. Kreider's 12th goal of the year ties him with Alex Ovechkin and Kyle Connor for 2nd in the league, though all three do trail Leon Draisaitl by five goalls. Kreider needs to score 17 more goals in the remaining 66 games to set a new career high
Julien Gauthier finally got a goal, and it was a nifty move that saw him pick pocket Nick Suzuki in front of the Canadiens net and the scoop a backhander up over Primeau as he was falling to the ice. It was just the third goal of his career, and first as a game winner. With Sammy Blais out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, Gauthier has an opportunity to stick if he can get his scoring going
With the Rangers clinging to a one goal lead in the waining minutes of the game, Canadien forward Brendan Gallagher punched an unsuspecting Barclay Goodrow, putting the visitors down a man for the remainder of the game. Goodrow looked otherwise unharmed, but did lay on the ice for about 30 seconds after the punch, and did look a little pink around the nose area in the ensuing footage. Gallagher picked up a misconduct, and was fined $2500 by the league today
0 FOR 3 ... KIND OF: The Rangers were officially 0 for 3 on the PP last night, but their first was only 21 seconds long, after the Canadiens took a penalty early into their first PP, and their last one was awarded with just 28 seconds remaining in the game. The Rangers sit tied for12th in the league with a 20% conversion rate
The Rangers have now won three straight against the Canadiens, and broke a two game losing streak against Montreal at MSG. A loss last night would have left the Rangers with a lifetime record of 130-130-99 at the World's Most Famous Arena, instead they're now 2 games up on home ice. Let's not talk about games played in Montreal though
ATLANTIC BIATCH: New York has started 5-0-0 against the Atlantic Division, with wins over Montreal (2), Ottawa, Florida and Toronto. Three of the next four are also against Atlantic Division teams
LET'S FACE IT: Some improvement is better than none right? After sitting last in the league at one point, the Rangers are now 28th with a 47.0% win rate in faceoffs. Across this four game win streak, they are 120 for 234 or a 51.2% win rate
Kevin Rooney has been leading the way - was 7 of 11 last night, and is the sole Ranger (if you exclude Morgan Barron and his 4 of 5 win record) to sit above 50%. Rooney has a very healthy 53.7% win rate on 121 opportunities. He's also 60.0% in the OZ and 57.1% in the DZ
With all these points, the Rangers now have the equal fourth best point percentage in the league, trailing only the Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes. The Metropolitan Division though is still the tough one, with the Hurricanes (1st in the league), along with the Rangers (4th) and Capitals (4th) leading the way
Next game will be tough though, with the Rangers visiting Toronto to play the hottest team in the league, with the Maple Leafs having gone 9-1-0 over their last 10
The Rangers learned Monday that Sammy Blais would be lost for the season with a torn ACL, but they also got the news that Chytil would be back. This season, it's felt a little like every time the Rangers get a forward back, they lose another in short order....that streak theoretically now broken with Blais' long absence
The Rangers have now won 10, after 16 games. Last year they didn't win their 10th game until game #22, it was game #21 the prior season, and #20 in the first full year of the rebuild under David Quinn. You have to go back to 2016-17 when the Rangers started 10-3-0 on the way to a 48-28-6 record, 102 points and a first wild card. Yep the Metropolitan Division was tough then too
With four straight wins, the Rangers have the second longest wining streak in the league, behind the 8 games that the surprising Ducks are riding. They're tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs, so one of these teams will become the East's hottest team, while the other will get to start again
ONE LAST THING: The Rangers have now won as many one-goal games as they did in the 56 games they played last year. Their 5-0-3 record this year is quite an improvement on 5-9-6 in 2020-21
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