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It appears Matthew Tkachuk could be leaving Calgary soon, with the 24 year old forward being taken to salary arbitration by his club. Tkachuk would reportedly be interested in a US city, and it's thought the New York Rangers would be one of his preferred destinations.

The chances of that desire being realized though, are very low indeed. With the Rangers having signed Vincent Trocheck to a seven year deal last week, and with contracts coming due to Alexis Lafreniere, K'Andre Miller, Zac Jones, Vitali Kravtsov and Filip Chytil next season, it's hard to see how the Rangers could add yet another big name on a long term contract.

In order to clear $10 million in Cap space to account for Tkachuk, the Rangers are somewhat restricted by the NMCs the've handed out to Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Jacob Trouba, Artemi Panarin, and more recently, Vincent Trocheck.

The five players account for around $40M in Cap space, with untouchable players Adam Fox and Igor Shesterkin added an additional $15M or so.

The only way this would work is if they somehow also got one of that group, like Panarin, Trouba or Kreider, to waive their NMC to go to Calgary, which seems highly unlikely given they all set career marks here last year and seem well settled in New York.

In addition, the Rangers would likely have to deal additional players like Kakko, Chytil and perhaps a guy like Lundkvist, which perhaps could be overcome by the addition and the remaining depth in the organization.

Without the headliner going the other way though, it seems unlikely that this type of move would be possible.

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Earlier this year the Rangers won by a margin of nine goals as they beat the Flyers 9-0. How many times has the margin been bigger?

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  Born: Jan 1 - 1917  
  Position: Left Wing  
  Games Played: 38  
  Goals: 16  
  Assists: 12  
  Points: 28  
  Penalty Minutes: 4  
Dryden Hunt got ejected from the game after being called for charging

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A shorthanded Rangers team made relatively easy work of the Philadelphia Flyers, coming away with a 4-1 win in the first meeting of the season between the two teams.  New York extended their win streak to four games for the third time this season, while at the same time keeping the Flyers winless for their seventh straight.

The Rangers looked like they'd run away with the game early in the second period when Chris Kreider finished off a dizzying display of cross-ice passing to make it 3-0.  From there it could easily have been a repeat of last year's one-sided blowouts of this same team, but a controversial charging major call on Dryden Hunt shifted the momentum.

Though Philadelphia failed to score on the five minutes of power play time, they did manage seven shots on goal, and appeared to wake up from their slumber through the first 22 minutes or so.  Rookie Morgan Frost less than three minutes after the Rangers had successfully killed off the penalty, sliding a loose puck under Shesterkin as a crowd garhered around the crease.

From there the Flyers pressed, but neither Shesterkin, nor the Rangers relented.  Outshot by the tune of 16-5 in the period, the Rangers held on and established a more minimalistic approach for the third.  From there it was a matter of focusing on the basics, which carried them through to the end of the game.

Twenty Thoughts:

  1. A TALE OF TWO UNITS:  After an ineffectual first minute of the power play, the Rangers second unit got on the ice and converted for their first power play goal of the season here in game #21. The goal came from Jacob Trouba. who shot the puck from out near the blueline and beat Carter Hart who was heavily screened in front.  Trouba is just the fourth Ranger to net a power play goal this season, with the bulk of them coming off the stick of Chris Kreider

  2. It was Trouba's fourth goal of the season, tying him with Adam Fox for the most amongst Rangers defensemen.  It also puts him on pace for 16 goals for the season, which would surpass his career high set in his rookie season back in 2013-14, when he scored 10 for the Winnipeg Jets

  3. Kaapo Kakko picked up a primary assist on the goal, which gives him points in six of his last seven games, all coming after a pointless ten games to start the year.  He would add a second assist later in the game, and now has 8 points in 17 games this year

  4. Nils Lundkvist also got an assist, his first power play point in the NHL, and his third point of the year.  Lundkvist started the game with some confidence in his first shift, and had a relateively solid game

  5. Midway through the second period, Dryden Hunt made it 2-0 with his third of the season.  The goal came off a pinpoint pass by Panarin, who found a seam to get the puck to Hunt as he drove to the net.  Hunt has now equalled his career high of 3 goals, and has goals in consecutive games for the second time in his career

  6. CROSSING THE LINE: It looked to be 3-0 later in the first, when Kevin Rooney put the puck in the net after Adam Fox carried the puck in over the blueline and caught the defenders out of position.  The goal was immediately waved off for offside, but was clearly not so on replays.  Whether or not Hart would have made the save is unknown, as he seemed to react to the whistle, and thus there was no way to overturn the incorrect call

  7. PRETTY PASSING: After looking the better team in the first, the Rangers continued the domination in the first minute of the second period, when Chris Kreider scored his 16th goal of the season, capping a series of passes that saw the puck cross the center point of the ice three times before Kreider snapped it home as fell to the ice.  The Rangers appeared to be in complete control at that point, and perhaps reverted to their penchant for prettier plays for much of the second, rather than the more workmanlike effort that Gallant has been pushing

  8. MAJOR MOMENTUM SHIFT: Less than 90 seconds after gaining a 3-0 lead, Dryden Hunt got called for a hit behind the play in the Flyers zone, that saw the 25 year old finish his check, but also causing Braun to hit his head against the glass.  The hit appeared to cause the defenseman's visor to cut him around the eye, sending him to the bench, and drawing a review from the officials.  The result was a five minute major for charging, as well as a game misconduct that saw Hunt head to an early shower.  Gallant was not happy, and took issue with Dean Morton, one of the two on ice referees, but Morton was of course not dissuaded

  9. With five minutes of power play time, the Flyers offense woke up, and they sent seven shots on net across the five minute span.  Shesterkin had to be sharp, and at one point lost a stick and was forced to use one of the defenders as a replacement.  The Rangers held strong though, and kept the visitors scoreless, and even got off a couple of half-chance shorthanded rushes

  10. While the Rangers were succcessful in the penalty kill, it was the Flyers who maintained momentum, and they ended up outshooting the Rangers 16-5 in the middle frame, including scoring to make it 3-1, when Trouba got caught trying to defend two Flyers on the edge of the crease, and Shesterkin was unable to cover up the puck before Frost poked it in

  11. Key saves by Shesterkin during this period, kept the Rangers in the game, and he ended up finishing with 33 saves on 34 shots for the night

  12. BACK TO BASICS: For the third period, the Rangers went to a more structured approach, and made it hard for Philadelphia to get much in the way of offense.  If they didn't have a good opportunity, the puck was carried or shot in deep, and the forwards made sure to come back to help out in the defensive zone, rather than go for the clean break.  Neither team generated as much offense in the third, which suited the Rangers and their 3-1 lead just fine

  13. NOTHING BUT NET?: With less than five minutes to go, Adam Fox inadvertantly sent the puck out of play in the defensive zone, and was called for a delay of game penalty.  With time running down on the penalty, the Flyers pulled their netminder for an extra attacker, and continued to press.  While there were few opportunities to close out the game shorthanded, aside from Mika Zibanejad's length of the ice attempt, the Rangers did get some after Fox returned.  Kakko in particular saw two shots defended by Rasmus Ritsolainen, with the defenseman using his stick first, and then his body to deny Kakko the goal

  14. A bit of Panarin magic though put the game out of reach.  The Russian winger stripping Claude Giroux near the Flyers blueline, and then sending the puck quickly to the net to put a cap on the 4-1 win

  15. Shesterkin played in his 63rd career game, which tied Dan Blackburn for 27th all time on the Rangers.  Shesterkin now has a 37-18-5 record, compared to Blackburn's 20-32-4

  16. 300 points - that's how many Mika Zibanejad now has a Ranger, thanks to an assist on Kreider's goal.  He's the 42nd player to achieve that mark for New York

  17. Artemi Panarin picked up a goal and an assist to retake the team lead with 23 points.  His assist also gave him 121 as a Ranger, tying him with Cecil Dillon for 74th all time, and 176 points which moved him past Walt Poddubny and into a tie with Michal Rosival for 90th all time

  18. Despite not playing most of the game, Dryden Hunt's goal stood as the game winner, his first career game winnig goal.  He is the 446th player to record a game winner in a Rangers uniform

  19. The Rangers are now 14-0-3 this season when scoring more than one goal in a game, and have 31 points in 21 games to be 10 games over .500.  Their win percentage of .738 is only bettered by the Edmonton Oilers .762 and the Florida Panthers .750

  20. Following a rough patch on the PK, the Rangers have bounced back to kill their last 16 dating back to the first period against Buffalo.  This has helped them to improve to 81.5% on the year, and move into the middle of the league at 16th

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