Rangers Roundup: Admiring Adam Fox; Artemi Panarin back on track; and more

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Nov 7, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) is congratulated by center Artemi Panarin (10) and right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) after scoring a third period empty net goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox celebrated his seven year extension with two assists in last night’s OT loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

The two helpers brought Fox to 100 points in his 135 game career. Only two other Rangers’ defensemen were able to hit the century mark in points in 135 games or less. Those names are Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov. Not bad company for the Jericho, LI native.

Adam Fox appreciation

Fox, 23, won the Norris Trophy in only his second season in the league. A feat accomplished by one other defender, Bruins legend Bobby Orr. This season, Adam has 11 points in 10 games and leads all NHL defenseman with 58 points since the start of the 2020-21 season.

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May 6, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the third period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The young defenseman was also recognized as the winner of the 2021 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award and was named the team’s MVP last season. He’s expected to be named to Team USA for the Winter Olympics.

“I feel like I’ve been a Ranger my whole life,” he said after signing. “There’s no place I’d rather be.”

Pretty good for a Flames’ 3rd pick in 2016 (66 overall) and then acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes April 30, 2019 for a second round pick and a conditional third round pick.

Panarin heating up

Artemi Panarin, 30, factored in both Rangers goals last night. It was his second multipoint game on the year and the 49th with the team. After a slow start, he has 5 points in his last three games and is at a point per game clip with 10 points in 10 games.

The Breadman picked up multipoint game 132 for his career. According to NYR Stats, only six players in the league have more. Connor McDavid (175), Patrick Kane (145), Leon Draisaitl (142), Sidney Crosby (141), Brad Marchand (138) and Nikita Kucherov (138) have completed the feat more than Artemi since he entered the NHL in 2015-16.

Jack Eichel trade close

ESPN’s Emily Kaplan says that a deal is “at the 1 year line” for Jack Eichel. Read more here.