Rangers broadcaster Joe Micheletti discusses upcoming season; MSG releases telecast schedule

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Apr 25, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on April 25, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021-22 New York Rangers season is already underway with the start of training camp. We’ve heard from head coach Gerard Gallant and a handful of players. But what do the people who cover the team think about the changes made and outlook for the season.

MSG Analyst, Joe Micheletti weighed in on a number of topics courtesy of MSG Networks.

On the team taking the next step this season

“I’m really excited to see the continued growth of these young players. For the Rangers to take the next step, these young players that we’ve seen over the last couple of seasons will have to take the next step as well. I’m excited to see Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafrenière, Filip Chytil, Igor Shesterkin, K’Andre Miller and reigning Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox. These are all players that have a really important role on this team. And if they keep improving, then you start to think that this team is ready to surprise some people. With the additions in the offseason, Mika [Zibanejad] rebounding and the continued growth of these young players, this Rangers team has a chance to be special.”

On new Head Coach Gerard Gallant

“I’ve known him for many years. He’s a really high quality person and coach. That’s what players over the years will definitely say about him too. He’s direct, he expects you to play hard and the players love playing for him.”

On defenseman Adam Fox

“It’s such a thrill to sit back and watch him play every time he’s on the ice. I think he is as a mistake-free player that there is in the league and he makes it look so simple. After winning the Norris Trophy, I’m excited to see him come back and play.”

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Jan 26, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) brings the puck up the ice against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period of a game at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

On the free agent signing of Barclay Goodrow

“His addition is so important as you get a player that’s won back-to-back Stanley Cups and he knows what it takes to win and how to win. He has a great work ethic, game in and game out. And not only is he a versatile player, but he’s definitely going to help the young guys and show them what it takes to win in this league.”

MSG Networks to broadcast all preseason games and 69 regular season contests

Per MSGN Press Release:

New York, NY (September 24, 2021) – MSG Networks, the television home of the New York Rangers, today announced the team’s telecast schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 NHL season, which will include a total of 69 regular season games and all six preseason games. The team opens their preseason at home versus the New York Islanders on Sunday, September 26th at 7:00pm ET on MSG Network. The team’s first regular season telecast will be on Thursday, October 14th when the Rangers take on the Dallas Stars at home, with coverage getting underway at 6:30pm ET on MSG Network.

Every Rangers Game, Pregame and Postgame Show Airing on MSG Networks to Stream on MSG GO

Sam Rosen will be back for his 38th season and he will be joined by Joe Micheletti for his 16th season. John Giannone will continue in studio with Steve Valiquette for pregame, postgame, and intermission coverage. Michelle Gingras will do in-game analysis along with player interviews.

On the radio, Kenny Albert begins his 26th season along with former Blueshirts captain Dave Maloney. Don La Greca will serve as the back-up play-by-play announcer for games on ESPN 98.7.

Make sure to tune into all the exciting action this season. Check your local listings.

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