Rangers sign UMass-Amherst D Conor Allen


From the Rangers:


NEW YORK, March 29, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Conor Allen.

Allen, 23, registered five goals and 14 assists for 19 points, along with 53 penalty minutes in 33 games with UMass-Amherst of Hockey East this season. He established career-highs in assists, points and penalty minutes. Allen led all team defensemen in assists and points, and tied for third among UMass-Amherst blueliners in goals. He also led the team in blocked shots (57), ranked third in assists, tied for fourth in points, and ranked second in penalty minutes.

The 6-1, 210-pounder has skated in 99 career collegiate contests over three seasons with UMass-Amherst, registering 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points, along with 110 penalty minutes. Allen established career-highs in games played (35) and goals (seven) during the 2011-12 season. His seven goals tied for the team lead among defensemen that season.

Prior to joining UMass-Amherst, the Chicago, Illinois native skated in 48 games with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2009-10, tallying seven goals and eight assists for 15 points, along with 69 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating. In 2008-09, Allen appeared in 46 games with the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), registering five goals and 10 assists for 15 points, along with 48 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating.

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  1. Sioux-per-man on

    Yes Yes Yes is there any better than watching your arch rival lose to a Yale team, when your deep in enemy territory?

  2. yep

    look, I know this is just a depth move but it would be nice one deadline to not say, “Oh good, the Rangers strengthened their AHL roster!”

  3. I will eschew the flippant remarks preferred by many to offer the -blindingly obvious- important view that this is an organisational depth signing with next to no relevance to the NHL team’s short-term prospects.

  4. But it is better than saying, Oh, crap, the Rangers just screwed themselves for years to come.

    Or better than saying, Glen Sather announced that the Rangers have traded a draft pick for John Scott.

  5. Do you think Richards regrets coming to play here especially if the offers were equal from several other places?

  6. Was this the kid they wanted via the widget earlier this week? or was this the kid that no one wanted because they were all fighting over the one who went to detroit?

  7. Sioux-per-man on

    Life is Good!!!

    Perhaps a trip to Pittsburgh, the trip to the frozen four just got a little easier!!!

    Let’a go Boys!!!!

  8. “Hey James here’s 60 million dollars. come here and do your best for as long as you can when you’re feeling up to it”….I sure as hell wouldn’t regret that lol

  9. What I don’t get is how Sather didn’t see this Richards thing coming…I mean he was already
    slowing down in Dallas…It didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that he was going to slow down more once he got to NYC.

  10. http://www.hockey-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=total&year_min=2006&year_max=&season_start=1&season_end=-1&age_min=0&age_max=99&birth_country=&franch_id=&is_active=&is_hof=&pos=S&handed=&c1stat=goals&c1comp=gt&c1val=30&c2stat=&c2comp=gt&c2val=&c3stat=&c3comp=gt&c3val=&c4stat=&c4comp=gt&c4val=&order_by=goals

    List of 30+ goal scorers since Lockout II.

    Narrowing down the list to guys that have put up more than one 30+ goal season you get 56 players. Of those 56, I counted 36 (could be off on a couple players) of which had done so with their original team, which includes a couple of guys like Gaborik that did it with both his original and his new team. Of those guys, none were Rangers draftees. Drafting productive, if not elite, offensive talent has been an issue with this team for a long time. And there’s no more expensive role to fill than a premier point producer when it comes to free agency.

  11. Cross Check Charlie on

    “He also led the team in blocked shots (57”

    Yes, but how’s his snow angel?

  12. Cross Check Charlie on

    Staal Wart – I have a feeling that Richards problem might be that he did nothing during the lockout and has been out of shape. An off season of conditioning and a training camp and maybe he comes back next season and plays up to his previous standards. That is, if the Rangers don’t buy him out.

  13. czechthemout!!! on

    Sather was awfull at the draft from 84 – 99. He was a poor choice when they brought him then and he is still a poor choice. Just because he made some good trades cleaning up the mess he him self created, doesnt absolve him from the plethora of stupid moves and draft picks he has made.

    Fire Sather!!!

  14. Carp, there’s actually plenty I wouldn’t do for money. Playing the sport I love is far from one of them.

  15. The logical move would be to keep Richards and gaborik next year with a full training camp and season, than after next year the rangers buy out Richards and gaborik walks.

  16. tommy,

    Agreed. Unless you can trade or in Richards’ case buyout and then sign someone else, those guys to get players to replace the offense those two are supposed to provide, which is a 35-40 goal scorer and a 50+ assist playmaker.

    You’re not going to get either of those for Gaborik or Richards straight up, they’d have to part with more assets that will weaken the team somewhere else. Their best hope is that those guys return to the level that’s expected of them and get some improvements that should come from guys like Kreider and Miller having a pro season under their respective belts.

  17. 60 million comes in handy when you have to replace the crankshaft on your ’88 Celica.

  18. Cross Check Charlie,
    It may be because Richards didn’t play through the lockout, but he’s a professional…it’s his job to make sure he’s in shape to play…just sayin’

  19. Not to exempt Sather by any means, but Cherepanov very well could have been an elite talent. RIP.

  20. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m at work…

    What trade offers? For who? What the hell am I missing?

  21. “Snow angel” is my new favorite Rangers concept, so thanks to Carp or whoever brought this to our attention. A note of respect to the Rangers’ snow-angel specialists, mind you, what with the pucks in their broken teeth and all. But when I became a man I threw away childish things, I think the saying goes, so enough already!

  22. AGrossRecord Toward the end of practice, Gaborik and coach John Tortorella had a 12-minute coach-player discussion along the sideboards near the bench.

    AGrossRecord Torts did most of the talking. It never appeared to get heated but there were times when Gaborik didn’t seem to be looking at Torts 2 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    AGrossRecord Torts and Gabby would not talk about what was said. Gaborik also wouldn’t answer when I asked him whether he agreed with Torts assessment 2 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  23. Sounds like every long coach-player interaction I’ve ever seen or been part of.

  24. Agree with Asham in place of Pyatt. If Gaborik doesn’t score, Asham and Newbury beat the living carcillo out of him. It might work.

    Lev, maybe try Leva instead? :-)

  25. Cerny, Zipay et al saying the Allen contract only starts next year (like the Nicholls one recently), so still doesn’t yet contribute to the 50 limit, in terms of deal flexibility at the deadline.

  26. Cross Check Charlie on

    “it’s his job to make sure he’s in shape to play…just sayin’”

    I agree with that.

    But, your previous post insinuated that he’s done. Maybe not. Maybe a good off season and he’s back to where he was.

  27. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    CT, interesting stats, for sure. Actually, there were 2 Ranger draft picks on that list of 30 goal scorers. Prucha and Amonte. BUT, I believe, both NOT drafted by Slather. But, he’s done really well in his 13 years, for sure.

  28. Coos- that works only if you want to find a few terrorist. Scoring goals in hockey is a much more difficult proposition.

  29. Richards wasn’t working out because he was busy as one of the head guys in the lockout discussions for the NHLPA.

  30. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I’d say we stand pat at the trade deadline. Slather has done well. Just like Shero. He used his prior depth and draft picks to round out the team. Voila!! Presto!!

    Shero only got Murray, Morrow and Iginla. HA! Take that!!
    Slather got Zuccarello, Fast, Fasth, and…..ta da!!!….Conor Allan.


    Extend Sather!!!! Extend Sather!!!

  31. Plenty of guys work 9-5 and still work out and stay in shape. Never mind a three hour meeting twice a week.

  32. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    So, MacKenzie, on NHL radio this afternoon had some interesting points. Talked about how many teams in the east, aside from Boston, Montreal may just not want to hurt themselves by making trades because Pitt is SO deep. About the Rangers deadline deals he said they should think long and hard what they want to accomplish. With Pittsburgh so strong, he was pretty strong in saying that this ‘underperforming team’ can’t make up enough with trades to make them true contenders.

    Then he talked about Calgary. Sounded familiar. He said their lack of being able to draft was their downfall and because of it they were forced to go this route.

  33. If Richards didn’t bother to stay in shape during the lockout, it speaks volumes about his integrity and dedication (as in lack thereof) as a professional athlete. Forget about his Conn Smythe from near a decade ago…it’s a disgrace for a guy making THAT much money to sit on his ass eating cheez doodles knowing the lockout could end at any point and he’d have to pop those Mr. Ed teeth in and earn his salary again.

    Richards may end up being a worse signing than Gomez or Dreary…

    THAT is a horrific thought

  34. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I think the Devils may go 2 rounds this year. I like their chemistry despite injuries. Once Kovie’s back, whenever it is, they will be fine.

  35. Onecupin73yearsand counting on

    Color me pink (pepto bismol)I have agita !!
    Carp Boun Natale buy a new mower the story is old /:)

  36. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    CTB, sure it’s nice to draft 30 goal scorers (and no one is defending their draft history), but it’s not bad to trade for a 22-year old Graves either – or a 20-year old McDonagh. I understand your point, but does it really matter if they draft young players or acquire them via trade?

  37. I’m sure Richards was working out. I was just saying he wasn’t playing games since he was one of the main NHLPA reps. So he didn’t get to play overseas or anything.

  38. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Gravy, how can you deny that drafting well deepens your organization?? I don’t get that. Drafting with a 20 % NHL efficiency is better than a 35% efficiency? Please explain.

  39. Drafting is the cheapest route. Trading is ok but even then you better get the guy when he’s in his early to mid 20’s to get his best years. The age when most guys become UFA typically aligns with when most guys have hit their productive peaks. From then on you’re hoping that the guy can maintain a couple of peak years and a gentle decline, which is more likely to happen if the guy is hitting UFA at the earliest age possible. Getting guys that are already around 30 if not older is usually not going to pay off vis a vis the long term deals.

  40. Depends on how you look at efficiency Matty. Would you rather have fewer of your draftees make it to the NHL but those guys turn into top 6 forwards and top 4 D or a starting goalie? Or get more guys that are lower skilled.

  41. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    What has made Detroit and the Derbils, too, is that they go into the 6th, 7th rounds and find hidden pearls that become a Zetterburg (7th round) or a Datsyuk (round 6). THAT’s called doing your homework. Good front offices are complete and do it.

    Many don’t.

  42. You know, not for nuttin’ but when Carp or anyone else says something like “agree, Czech,” it’s a pain to have to scroll through twenty or thirty posts to see what’s being agreed upon. Maybe if we put, “agree with your 5:58” or whatever, it would make it easier on the interested. Plus, I hope the time line is included in the new format.

  43. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I’ll go along with that. Note that most of the players that Shero traded for his big 3 deadline deals are draft pick depth. Because he picked well and has layers of NHL prospects. I don’t blame him for taking his shot, especially because Sid is healthy again (who knows for how long?) and the team is ready. Makes sense!!

    Sather can’t do that because he hasn’t drafted well.

    According to MacKenzie, somehow Feaster accepted the deal despite the fact that both players sent by Pitt were C+ prospects, plus the first round pick.

  44. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Jshim, from your mouth……supposedly lots of teams want both of them. Boston wants Clowe. They may have a bit more as trade bait than we do. Maybe.

  45. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Agree Matty – not with that one but with the other one before that other one

  46. Agree E3 with everything you agree with except i agree with the second other one with Matty, not the 1st other one.

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – agree with what you said the others day… Not that one … One before the other one

  48. I think you’re out of your mind with your 2:17. Your 3:11 and 3:37, you’re inching closer to sanity. On your Tuesday 5:12, you contradict yourself as you are sometimes prone to do. If you don’t mind me saying so.

  49. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Yeah, but I’m out of my brain on the train on the 5:15. Inside outside leave me alone.

  50. Would everyone agree to use military timeout there references to prior posts, so I don’t confuse the AM with the PM?

  51. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’d give my right leg to me more original. I’d give my left leg to be more authentically sufficient. The middle one is up for discussion.

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My west coast time? Or the east coast time posted when I posted my west coast post?

  53. Hamrlik, we hardly knew yee. Just learning how to spell your name and you’re already on your way back to Zlin.

  54. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m thinking if Miller wanted to play on a Championship team . . . He should have played for the Sioux first!

  55. Devils-Tampa smells like a three-point game. Carolina-Winnipeg, Isles-Pitt, Boston-Philly, Wash-Buff, Tor-Ott, NJ-Fla tomorrow smell like three-point games.

  56. Boys, got a problems here. Mama says if I want my weekend privileges, I have to take her on a date nite.

  57. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    The Rangers have already played nine games against their opponents in the next seven games.

    Montreal – Winnipeg – Pitt x2 – Carolina – Toronto x2

    Their record in the first nine contests? 2 – 7.


    Maybe we can make another deadline deal for Derek Morris or Bryan McCabe.

  58. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carp – JR, the car seat, and I missed the charp today…. Had serious work to do… C

  59. @GlobeKPD@ : Recovery for NYR Staal slower than hoped. Earliest hope of return now would be mid/late April. Good days/bad days. Frustrating.

  60. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I think it’s best if staal take the rest of the season off…. No reason to rush back whatsoever.

  61. I dont know, Gross seems to think Gaborik is on the way out either now or at the end of the season. I think that is a crock. I think Torts is at odds constantly with his best players because he is often pushing them harder to be better. Gaborik has not done anything this year, and Torts is just trying to get him playing well. Why on earth would Torts want to simply beat up on Gaborik and not get him going? Whatever he is doing, he is trying whatever he can to help Gaborik.

    I agree that it seems like Richards should be in the doghouse more, but maybe the experience is that if he gets Gabby pissed enough, he’ll get something from him, whereas Richards’ confidence is so low, nothing Torts can do to punish him will help at all.

    Say what you want, but Vinny Prospal basically flipped Torts the bird on national TV in Tampa, but when he had the chance, Prospal signed up here in a nanosecond.

  62. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Peter – did torts flip the bird back at vinny? Or was torts strapped in his car seat?

  63. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eddie, you are more entertaining than anything on the ‘net. Well worth the price of admission. Which, most notably, is nothing.

  64. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    And I totally agree with your comment on Wednesday at 11:34 Pm. So correct you are.

  65. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    This Garon is one of the worst goalies I have seen in the NHL. He plays like a blind pillow on skates. Flops all the time. Literally anything on net has a chance. Give this team any kind of goalie and they might be ok.

  66. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Yea, Manny. With the exception of one goalie, Nicolai K, 2001-4 or so, they have had nothing between the pipes.

  67. Stopped by Warren77 tonight (speaking of Avery) and the Rangers stuff is entirely gone. Now it’s generic NY sports with some Rangers mixed in. But the amazing old pictures are gone.

  68. And with the exception of Victor Hedman they have no defenseman.

    Got fashion police on now, sis. Feel great about myself.

  69. TheGoodShepherdChastened on

    Strange. Computer off. But at @ 6PM. the
    sounds of far-off bleating begin. And stay. And stay.
    Who will rid me of these little beasts????

  70. Hey Carp and company,

    You guys see the nhl.com voting for top goalie in the league? Out of 10 “analysts”, most had Hank #1, the rest had him #2, and only one ANALyst didn’t even have him on the list, behind Rask, Lehtonen, Price and Anderson; to name a few. You guessed it: Barry Melrose. King of the dooosh!

  71. TheGoodShepherdChastened on

    In honor of my Unforgettable master (Mi-Mi, Poo-Poo, Tsk-Tsk???).

    Yeah. Prolly. Unh-unh. S’long.

  72. Just curious, why weren’t the Rangers in the running for those other 2 Dmen, one being who signed with the Red Wings?
    One day someone has to explain to me why these players are free agents instead of going into the entry draft. Maybe they were in previous drafts but were never selected? Sorry for my newbieness when it comes to the draft but I never understood whch players are eligible to be drafted as opposed to the i.e. NFL draft, where we know all the players are coming out of college.

  73. Manny, right? I was a little off though. 6 first place votes, 2 second place votes, 1 third and a goose egg from Barry(he could’ve even picked Hank 8th best, didn’t make the cut). We know his vendetta with the Rangers will never die, but he just thrives on being a fool in defiance of fact. Cool.

  74. Oh. Ducks beat the Blackhawks for a third straight time. Haven’t lost to them all season. Am I still stupid for calling the Ducks the team to beat in the west?

  75. HugoZHackenbush on






  76. It’s heresy, Leetch. Hank is top three in the league. No matter what the list. Hank, Quick and Price.

  77. GMen: With Sustr it came down to the Rangers and the Lightning and the humongous human chose Tampa.

    DeKeyser seemed destined for the Midwest from the start. Rangers attempted but he made it clear early Rangers were out.

    Long love Conor Allen!

  78. San Jose wants to four score a deal with uUuUuUssssss!!! Gaborik for Boyle and Clowe…will this save our season? Could Jesus, Allah, Buddah, Muhammed or Krishna save us?

  79. With Staal gone for longer than initially thought who knows what dumb moves the Rangers make. I would like them to go steal Streit from the Islanders if possible. Or get Hedman from the Lightning. Need some D help now. But long term, no rentals.

  80. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Gotta be some reason these kids don’t want to come here. Sustr is EXACTLY the type of kid that’s worth a shot. We get who? Connor what?

  81. Fat Guy in Cali on

    I can’t tell youse guys how disappointed I am about this season…really…deep down disappointed

  82. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Fat guy –

    When the final song is over and it’s certain that the curtain’s gonna fall, I can hide in……forever more…

  83. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Don’t know, Manny @ 11:10. THe needs, they may be too vast. And Pitt, Boston, Montreal too good. See how the next few go, but if we don’t seem to have it, then it may be smart not to try to add for the sake of the present. Problem is, and it is a big problem, will our GM know who to sell so it doesn’t hurt us, and grab a pick or two AND if we get a pick or two, what are the odds he uses them wisely??

    As such, it is a dilemma. Who knows what he will decide…..

  84. No team has scored fewer goals than your NYR.

    That, ladies and gentlemen, is pure garbage-league.

  85. Yea I agree Matty. Lost season. Get some playoff experience for the kids but don’t mess with the future.

    So my Fat Guy = Coos theory is spot on? And then they are all Eddie?

  86. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I’m not thinking it’s good to have Pimp around. Pretty amateurish, if you’re asking me.

  87. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    So you know, Eddie, sometimes I change the saying between the quotation marks. That’s all. I’m not Hwrth or Cmmnsnse or anything. Geez..

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty -you and I are the only bloggers on this site. You are you. I am everyone else. All different personalities that live inside my brain. Pretty scary eh?

  89. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Really. I’ll take the first 50. You can have the rest. See if we can keep it going.

  90. He likes to say jackwagon, so he makes up a jackwagon who gives a jackwagon remark, and he replies: “JACKWAGON!”

  91. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I think Orr…uh…Manny….may return at some point. If you know what I’m talking about. And I believe y’all do.

  92. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It’s partially blocked – I’m only tiny phone. Good shepherd something or other – can’t see it… What’s he saying?

  93. Expect a visit from the cops. My house was broken into and nothing was taken, but all the kids math homework was done. I told them, aha! eddie.

  94. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I think after a few more sips from the paper bag, those roles will reverse themselves. Then I’ll be the jolly…. You not so much.

  95. LOL I just got an email on my gmail acct from Scottrade that say: BEFORE YOU ROLL OVER, READ THIS. I was alarmed until I read further and saw it had to do with an IRA.

  96. Cop” “Sir, you, drinking from the paper bag. Where do you live?

    “Against a wall near a grate on E19th Street, why?”

  97. Don’t yet fully understand why he is 23 and only a junior at UMass. Might have spent some time in prison. We could use some of that.

  98. HugoZHackenbush on

    The Good Shepherd suffered a terrible bleating….

    And so must retire to his ‘umble shed.

  99. Guess everyone is out tonight doing the Stations of the Cross. Good for them. God stays with us, laughing. That’s where thunder comes from.

  100. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    _Gravy, how can you deny that drafting well deepens your organization?? I don’t get that. Drafting with a 20 % NHL efficiency is better than a 35% efficiency? Please explain_

    I think you missed my point. Does anyone really care that Troy Mallette got traded for Graves, rather than them drafting him?

  101. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jack – coming down the back nine tied with X. Jack knew he was going to beat x. X knew jack was going to win, and jack knew that x knew jack was going to win.

  102. I would have to be directed to the series of posts and times of all the previous discussion, but I vote for Gravy because he is here now.

  103. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Nash step hags
    Kreider miller cally
    Richards Boyle gabby
    Haley Newbury Asham

  104. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    Life is like a box of chocolates.

    If they were all orange cream.

  105. Can we pay Boyler 1.7 mil to take a late face-off once in a while, or is that extravagance?

  106. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    Don’t believe I have another comma. Perhaps the “it” is capitalized on my mobile.

  107. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    I like my coffee like I like my women…cream and one sugar.

  108. Tyree: “I won’t forget this.”

    Coughlin: “Well, don’t forget it someplace else, you can’t stay here.”

  109. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Boiler 1 goal and 1 assist. That is comedy. Also vinny prospal got his 10th tonight. Can you believe vinny prospal and PAP have more goals than gabby.

  110. I notice that poor ilb is always cursing and correcting words and spelling one post to the next. Must be hell. The kids have learned to thumb these things like monkeys. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a monkey.

  111. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    There’s a guy with a really long and strange name wandering around my compound that I hope has good health insurance asthe German kill dog is on the hunt.

  112. Do you realize that the day is soon anon when kids will grow up unable to write a letter or note or anything else without a hand-held device? They’ll have to start signing mortgages with an X again, like crackers.

  113. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – it takes 3 times longer to post with all the errors….. I had one last night that looked
    as if I was illiterate.

  114. The strange day will come when a Professor actually says: I want this paper written in cursive.” lol

  115. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Heard CNN anchor – “literally raining cats and dogs” sure enough , looked out the window.. There they were….

  116. filth makes it so much easier to converse without searching for the apropos word, as in: “It’s raining out there like a mother……”

  117. Meriwether presently eying Great White Falls, first Caucasian to do so, barely avoids Grizzly devourment.

  118. Biron’s in net.

    Guaranteed win.

    Zuccarelo with the deciding shootout goal, we are going all the way………………….


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