New York Rangers

Trade: Rangers acquire Sheppard from San Jose

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The New York Rangers have acquired forward James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks retained $100,000 in salary in the trade.

The 26-year-old is on a one-year, $1.3 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Sheppard had five goals and 16 points in 57 games with the Sharks this season.

Its been a busy day for the Rangers who acquired Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday afternoon.

New York also dealt Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets.

Additionally, Rangers are reportedly nearing a multi-year extension for Mats Zuccarello.

Report: Rangers, Zuccarello nearing a four-year deal

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What a difference 24 hours can makes.

On Saturday it seemed as though pending unrestricted free agent Mats Zuccarello was headed out of New York prior to Monday’s trade deadline.

Today it appears the Rangers and Zuccarello are nearing an agreement on a four-year, $18 million extension.

According to The Daily News, the only thing now holding up the deal is negotiations on a no-trade clause.

The 27-year-old is currently on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Zuccarello has 12 goals and 23 points along with a plus-13 rating in 59 games this season.

Related: Rangers send Stempniak to the Jets for Klingberg

Trade: Rangers send Stempniak to the Jets for Klingberg

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The New York Rangers have sent forward Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Carl Klingberg.

Stemniak, who is on one-year, $900,000 contract, becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The 32-year-old has nine goals and 18 points in 53 games this season. The Jets will be his fourth team in two seasons.

Klingberg has appeared in just two games for the jets this season registering a minus-1 rating. The forward has 15 goals and 30 points in 51 AHL games with the St. John’s IceCaps this season.

The 24-year-old is a restricted free-agent after this season.

In a separate transaction the Jets re-assigned forward Eric O’Dell to the IceCaps.

Related: Rangers land Yandle, Coyotes receive Duclair, first-rounder

Trade: Rangers land Yandle, Coyotes receive Duclair, first-rounder

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The New York Rangers made a big splash on Sunday, acquiring Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes for Anthony Duclair, John Moore and a first-round pick. The Rangers also received a fourth-round pick and Chris Summers as part of the trade, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

The first-round pick is for the 2016 NHL Draft, HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman reports.

Various outlets including TSN’s Darren Dreger point out that the Coyotes will also retain 50 percent of Yandle’s salary, with Friedman pointing out that the retention will take place in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

(Note: Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos recanted an earlier report that Daniel Girardi was part of the trade. That turned out to be untrue.)

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Yandle, 28, boasts a deal that carries a $5.25 million cap hit through the 2015-16, so it’s more than a mere rental for the Rangers.

Critics will point to his -32 rating this season (and general complaints about his defensive play), but there’s no denying that Yandle is a potent offensive weapon. He has 41 points in 63 games in 2014-15 and already has two 50+ point seasons to his name.

Duclair, 19, was the 80th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. He already has some NHL experience under his belt after generating seven points in 18 games while also producing 25 points in 19 contests with the QMJHL’s Quebec Ramparts.

More than a few people think that Duclair will end up being the gem of the deal:

Moore, 24, was the 21st pick of the 2009 NHL Draft by Columbus. He already has 211 regular season games and 33 playoff contests under his belt, so he provides some respectable depth to Arizona’s blueline.

Summers, 27, could probably be best described as a journeyman defenseman at this point (despite being the 29th pick of the 2006 NHL Draft).

If you want to simplify the outlook of this trade, think of this way: the Rangers are going all-in now while the Coyotes are loading up for the future. Arizona also received a hefty package for forward Antoine Vermette, after all.

And, no, you’re not wrong if you’ve noticed that the Coyotes and Rangers make a lot of trades with each other:

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This might also open the door for a Mats Zuccarello contract extension, as TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports that they’re closing in on a deal.

Flyers keep faint playoff hopes alive with win over Rangers

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It’s too early for any one game to mathematically eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers from the playoff race, but from a practical standpoint they’re holding on by a thread. With the trade deadline just around the corner, the Flyers earned a desperately needed 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers.

Philadelphia’s Matt Read struck first by playing hard at both ends of the ice, but the Flyers’ lead only lasted 24 seconds before J.T. Miller even the contest. The squads traded goals again in a relatively short amount of time in the second period before Michael Del Zotto turned the tide permanently early in the third frame.

In his first start since returning from knee surgery, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stopped 34 of 36 shots. With the Flyers up by one, Mason stood tall against a Rangers’ onslaught to preserve the lead.

The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers each won today, which put pressure on the Flyers to do the same just to keep pace with the two squads ahead of them in the playoff race. Philadelphia is still six points shy of a postseason spot though and have just 19 games left to close that gap.