Rangers Break-Up Day Wrap

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Today was break up day for the 2017-18 New York Rangers, and the players spoke to the media one last time before going their separate ways.

Chris Kreider – After what was an injury-shortened season for the speedy winger, Kreider said that he was excited for the things to come for the organization. Kreider also confirmed that he would be representing team USA at the World Championships in May. Kreider explained that he is focused on rehabbing his shoulder and getting ready for the Worlds, adding that he “is getting that butterfly excited feeling” as the team heads in this new direction.

Mika Zibanejad – Another player that used the term excited in discussing what is to come next season. Zibanejad also made a somewhat bold prediction that the Rangers will be back in the playoffs next season. On having a larger role with the team on the ice, Zibanejad answered that he “learned to embrace it (playing against better matchups).” Finally, Mika confirmed he will be playing at the World Championships for Sweden, and hopes to play against Kreider in the medal round of the tournament.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Shattenkirk said that he didn’t have a season that “represented the player that I am or want to be for this team.” Shattenkirk also had his season affected by injury, and he is looking to improve his game for next season.

Shattenkirk will not be participating in the World Championships next month so that he can continue his recovery and be at full-strength for training camp in September.

Mats Zuccarello – Zuccarello talked about the difficulty in losing friends to the business side of hockey but added that there was nothing he could do about it and has to focus on his game. When asked about the “highlights” of his year, he couldn’t really name one other than the Winter Classic, adding “it’s been a tough season…mixed feelings this whole season.” Zuccarello continued to say that he is excited about the future with the young talent in the pipeline. Finally, Zuccarello revealed that he was dealing with a knee injury and will take some time to rest before beginning his training for next season.

Henrik Lundqvist – The Rangers netminder said he is “excited for what’s ahead.” He added that when the team sent out the letter regarding the rebuild, the veteran guys really started to look out for and help the young guys improve as much as possible. Lundqvist also revealed that he too was dealing with a nagging knee injury throughout the season, though he claims it didn’t have any effect on his play.

News and Notes – Other Rangers players took to social media to say thank you to the fans for this season.

Had a blast end of the season! Thanks Rangers fans for all the support #xoxo ?

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In player transaction news, the Rangers put defenseman Alexei Bereglazov on unconditional waivers for contract termination. Bereglazov played just 13 games in Hartford where he had four points (G, 3A) before being loaned back to Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

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