New York Rangers

Report: Rangers won’t re-sign St. Louis


The Martin St. Louis era in New York is apparently over.

Per the Post, the Rangers won’t be bringing back the 40-year-old veteran for a third season with the club. The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise — the Rangers don’t have a ton of financial wiggle room with new deals still needed for Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast — but the development is still noteworthy, given what GM Glen Sather paid to acquire St. Louis and all that happened during his time as a Blueshirt.

New York advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in St. Louis’ first year with the club, then came within one game of getting back this season. While the veteran winger’s production dropped in 2014-15 — 52 points was his lowest total in over 10 years — St. Louis still managed to score 20 goals during the regular season and, given the Post’s report that he’s not ready to retire, there could be suitors for him in free agency.

Acquired at the ’14 deadline in exchange for Ryan Callahan and a first-round pick, St. Louis will finish his time in New York with 60 points in 93 games, and 22 points in 44 playoff appearances.

Report: Wild win Reilly sweepstakes


From the StarTribune’s Mike Russo:

The Mike Reilly sweepstakes are coming to an end this afternoon and unless something backfires, he will be signing with the Wild.

Russo cites sources that say Reilly will sign a two-year, $1.85 million deal (plus bonuses).

The 21-year-old Minnesota native and ex-Gopher was originally drafted 98th overall in 2011 by the Blue Jackets.

However, he opted not to sign with Columbus, thus freeing him to sign elsewhere, a la Justin Schultz in 2012 and, last summer, Kevin Hayes.

Reilly’s dad, Michael, is a limited partner in the Wild.

The Chicago Blackhawks were recently the reported favorites to sign Reilly.

Get to know a draft pick — Noah Hanifin


Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. But this year, something new — we’re featuring special guest analysis from former Minnesota Wild scout Mark Seidel, who currently serves as the president of North American Central Scouting.

Noah Hanifin (D)

Height: 6’3 Weight: 203 Shoots: Left

Team: Boston College (NCAA)

Country: United States

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 3 among North American Skaters

What kind of player is he?

A potential top pairing defenseman that excels with the puck and can quarterback a team’s power play.

While Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are regarded as locks as the first and second overall picks, there isn’t the same level of consensus when it comes to the third selection. Hanifin is a top contender for that slot though after a strong rookie campaign with Boston College. Although he didn’t turn 18 until Jan. 25, Hanifin held his own against his older competitors by scoring five goals and 23 points in 37 contests.

He participated in the 2015 World Juniors, recording two assists in five games. While that tournament ended in disappointment for the United States, Hanifin helped Team USA win the gold medal in both the Under-17 and Under-18 tournaments in 2014. He also served as the captain on the Under-17 team.

Although his offensive play draws a lot of attention, Hanifin is sound defensively as well and capable of transitioning quickly. That’s one of the reasons he’s so highly regarded.

There’s plenty of talk about McDavid and Eichel being generational talents, but Hanifin also has star potential.

Seidel says:

“Hanifin’s a smooth-skating defender with the ability to jump into the rush and create odd man chances, yet also possesses the foot speed to get back into the defensive end and take care of his responsibilities. Although he isn’t the most physical player, he showed he’ll stand up for his teammates — like he did as a freshman at Boston College this season, often against bigger and older opponents. What’s more, his play as a 17-year-old for Team USA at the World Juniors showed that he relishes the big stage. He has the overall game to become a 25-minute a night defenseman in the NHL.”

NHL comparable: Keith Yandle

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Sabres acquire Lehner for 21st pick, Legwand


The first domino in the goalie market has fallen.

As first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

The Sabres have since confirmed the trade.

That’s a pretty high price for a goalie, to be sure. But remember that Sabres GM Tim Murray was with the Senators when they drafted Lehner 46th overall in 2009. There’s a familiarity there, and obviously an appreciation for what the 23-year-old could become.

Legwand, meanwhile, has a year left on his contract with a cap hit of $3 million. The 34-year-old forward saw his playing time decrease dramatically under new coach Dave Cameron. The budget-conscious Senators will likely be content to shed his $3.5 million salary in 2015-16.

With Lehner off the market, attention now turns to Cam Talbot and Eddie Lack.

Report: Rangers have given five teams permission to speak with Cam Talbot


The New York Rangers have taken the next step in an attempt to trade goaltender Cam Talbot.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers have given the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres permission to speak with Talbot.

Friedman reports that teams are allowed to talk to the 27-year-old about how he would fit with the club and answer questions Talbot may have about the city, but are not permitted to discuss salary.

Talbot finished the 2014-15 season with a 21-9-4 record to go along with a 2.21 G.A.A. and a .926 save percentage in 36 appearances.

He is owed $1.45 million for next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

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