Rangers Roundup: Hub City Vegas, DeAngelo wants to stay, Training Camp, and more
Late yesterday it was announced that Vegas will be one of the NHL’s hub cities for the playoffs. According to Sportsnet, Gary Bettman will be making the formal announcement soon. As for the other city, the league would like it in Canada. Why Canada? Simply because it’s much cheaper due to the weak Canadian dollar.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has put out a story saying Vegas will be confirmed as a hub city for the Stanley Cup Playoffs by June 22, but the truth is we should expect the official announcement before then. Gary Bettman said as much on May 26 when he indicated it would be three weeks until the hub cities were finalized.Sportsnet
When answering a fan question on his new podcast, about playing for the Rangers and being a diehard Philly sports fan, DeAngelo revealed his desire to stay on Broadway. “My family and friends have turned into Rangers fans. People always tell me to come home but I’m not coming home. I’d like to stay in NY.” DeAngelo continued by saying he’s a huge Phillies and Eagles fan, but as for the Flyers…well he had something interesting to say there. “The day the Flyers didn’t draft me in the 14 draft I was done with them. It’s all about the Rangers now.” DeAngelo is a RFA with arbitration rights whenever the offseason begins.
Training Camps and Rosters
NHL and its Players Association have agreed to start Phase 3 on July 10th. This signals an early August start to the Qualifying Rounds and a Stanley Cup Final in September. To be clear, this is based on the rumored talks that training camps will last three weeks. Should both sides agree to two weeks, the play-in rounds could start earlier.
Two names the Rangers are looking to invite to camp are highly touted first round picks. Both Lias Andersson and Vitali Kravtsov. Per the latest 31 Thoughts by Elliotte Friedman:
The Rangers are looking at both 2018 first rounder Vitali Kravtsov and Lias Andersson, who went back to Sweden last season. Andersson is in the conversation because he played well there, and both sides are working hard to make sure the lines of communication are strong.
The Czar vs the Gr8 Ovi
Igor Shesterkin is getting into game shape. How is he doing so? Well, he’s only taking shots by arguably one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history, Alexander Ovechkin.
Earlier this week Dima Mecajev posted several videos of the workouts in Florida that included former Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis as well. Note, this is not at an NHL team’s facility so the maximum of 6 guideline does not apply. The guidelines are set by the state.
On Sunday, MSG Networks is going to dedicate their programming to the 1994 Rangers memorable championship run. Blueshirts fans can relive some of the most iconic moments in the franchise’s storied history. Highlights Include:
- In-depth player features that look back at the storied careers of Rangers legends Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and Mike Richter
- An episode of “Connections,” featuring a candid, sit-down conversation between Graves, Leetch and Richter on everything from the mutual respect and admiration for each other, the passion of the fans and the surreal feeling after they won the Cup
- Re-airings of the championship-clinching Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals at 5:00pm and 8:30pm – Messier, Graves and Leetch, who was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP, all scored to lead the Blueshirts to a 3-2 victory over the Canucks and the Stanley Cup title
- A look back at play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen’s career covering the Rangers and his iconic on-air call after they won Game 7 – “This one will last a lifetime!”
- Replay of the team’s ticker-tape parade celebration down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City