Rangers Roundup: Brodzinski extended, playoff odds, and power rankings
The New York Rangers have hit a rough patch with two straight losses to the the Penguins and Canucks where they mustered only two goals. Scoring has been a problem for most games this month which continues to heighten awareness as the NHL Trade Deadline is less than a month away.
Down on the farm, the Wolf Pack are having a good season led by their captain Jonny Brodzinski. The Rangers recognized his contributions with a new contract extension on Monday.
Rangers sign Jonny Brodzinski
Per Team Release:
New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Jonny Brodzinski on a two-year contract extension.
Brodzinski, 28, has split his 2021-22 season between New York and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). With the Blueshirts, he has played five games and recorded three shots and plus-1 rating. In Hartford, Brodzinski has recorded 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points in 36 games. He leads the Wolf Pack in goals and points and ranks second in assists.
Terms for Brodzinski’s deal are as follows:
- Yr 1 – 750K NHL, 315K Minors, 362.5K Guaranteed
- Yr 2 – 775K NHL, 325K Minors, 362.5K Guaranteed
His AAV is $762.5K.
Daily Goal Horn’s NHL Power Rankings
In The Daily Goal Horn’s latest NHL Power Rankings, the Calgary Flames have been scorching hot as they’ve dominated in the month of February. After two months outside the Top Ten, Darryl Sutter has his charges leading the Pacific Division on the strength of a 10-1 run heading into March.
January’s Top Ten Teams:
- Florida Panthers 28-8-5 (New)
- Pittsburgh Penguins 25-10-5 ⬆️
- Colorado Avalanche 27-8-3 (New)
- Carolina Hurricanes 27-8-2 ⬇️
- New York Rangers 26-11-4 (Even)
- Tampa Bay Lightning 27-10-5 ⬇️
- St. Louis Blues 24-11-5 (New)
- Nashville Predators 25-14-3 ⬇️
- Toronto Maple Leafs 24-10-3 ⬇️
- Boston Bruins 23-12-2 (New)
February’s Top Ten Teams:
- Calgary Flames 31-14-6 (New)
- Colorado Avalanche 39-10-4 ⬆️
- Carolina Hurricanes 37-11-4 ⬆️
- Pittsburgh Penguins 33-14-8 ⬇️
- St. Louis Blues 32-14-6 ⬆️
- Tampa Bay Lightning 34-11-6 (Even)
- Toronto Maple Leafs 33-14-4 ⬆️
- New York Rangers 33-15-5 ⬇️
- Boston Bruins 31-17-4 ⬆️
- Florida Panthers 35-13-5 ⬇️
New York Rangers: The Rangers dropped this month after going 4-2-1. However, as long as Igor Shesterkin is healthy they’re likely to remain in the top 10. If they can land some help at the trade deadline, that may help them move up.
Playoff Odds and Other Power Rankings
Per the website MoneyPuck, the New York Rangers chances of making the playoffs has jumped up since last month from 92.6% to 98.2%. Some additional odds have them a 1.6% to win the Metro, and a .4% chance of winning the Cup.
Taking a look at some of the Power Rankings around the league, the Blueshirts appeared to fallen a notch or two down many charts.
Here’s how they’ve moved in rankings from the last time we checked in January to February:
- NHL.com 4th to 7th
- The Athletic 8th (same)
- ESPN 8th to 9th
- NBCSports 9th to 8th
- Sportsnet 4th to 6th
Ryan Strome really found himself with the Rangers when he was traded there from Edmonton in 2018 and has really found his game offensively since the move. He’ll turn 29 just days before free agency opens.Sportsnet
New York can handle the pressure of a tight game. This season, the Blueshirts have led the league in one-goal victories with 16. Igor Shesterkin’s Vezina Trophy-caliber season definitely helps with that.ESPN
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