The Traverse City tournament begins with the Rangers’ prospects taking on Dallas tonight. The event will not be televised, but you can get updates via the Rangers’ team site, Blueshirts United. Also, I believe that our friend Katie Strang of ESPN — now operating out of Michigan — will tweet and blog from Traverse City.
Also, just so you know, we will kick off the big club’s training camp with a Live Chat next Thursday, probably noon-ish. Details to follow. The Rangers report for physicals Thursday, Sept. 18; and begin skating Friday, Sept. 19, then begin the preseason at home against New Jersey the following Monday, Sept. 22.
Here are some announcements from the team, about Traverse City, and about the signings yesterday of John Moore ($875,000) and Ryan Malone ($700,000):
RANGERS BEGIN 2014 TRAVERSE CITY TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY
NEW YORK, September 9, 2014 – The New York Rangers will begin the 2014 Traverse City Tournament on Friday, September 12 with a matchup against the Dallas Stars at 7:00 p.m.
The Rangers will be competing in the Ted Lindsay Division, and face-off against Dallas, Buffalo, and Carolina in round-robin play. Following their game against the Stars, the Rangers will play the Sabres on Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m., and the Hurricanes on Monday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. The Rangers’ placement following the round-robin games will determine who they will play in the placement game.
Throughout the tournament, fans can receive live game updates and exclusive photos on the Rangers’ official twitter account (@NYRangers) and instagram account (NYRangers). In addition, BlueshirtsUnited.com will provide highlights, interviews with players and coaches, and photo galleries during the tournament.
The Rangers roster includes 2014 draft picks Brandon Halverson, Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Richard Nejezchleb, and Daniel Walcott, as well as free agent acquisition Kevin Hayes.
The Rangers are making their eighth consecutive appearance in the eight-team tournament. In the seven years the Rangers’ prospects have participated in the Traverse City Tournament, they have reached the Championship Game twice, and won the tournament in 2007. Current Blueshirts Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Marc Staal, and Carl Hagelin all represented the team at the tournament in recent years.
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH JOHN MOORE
NEW YORK, September 11, 2014 –New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman John Moore.
Moore, 23, skated in 74 games with the Rangers this past season, registering four goals and 11 assists for 15 points, along with 25 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating. He established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, game-winning goals (two), power play assists (two), power play points (two), shots on goal (115), and hits (59). Moore ranked fifth on the team in blocked shots (57). He also finished second among Rangers defensemen in game-winning goals and shots on goal, third in goals, points, and plus/minus rating, tied for third in power play assists, ranked fourth in power play points, and tied for fourth in assists. Moore skated in his 100th career NHL game in the Rangers’ season opener on October 3 at Phoenix, and tallied the first game-winning goal of his career on October 16 at Washington. He tied single-game career-highs by registering two assists, two points, and a plus-two rating on December 18 vs. Pittsburgh.
In the 2014 Playoffs, the 6-3, 202-pounder tallied two assists and posted a plus-two rating in 21 games. Moore established playoff career-highs in games played, assists, points (two), plus/minus rating, shots on goal (19), blocked shots (19) and hits (18). He also skated in more playoff games than any NHL defenseman who was 23 years old or younger. Moore recorded a power play assist in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Montreal on May 17, and notched an assist in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Los Angeles on June 11.
Moore has skated in 173 career NHL games over parts of four seasons with the Rangers and Columbus, registering seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points, along with 40 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on February 5, 2011 vs. Edmonton and tallied his first career NHL point with a goal on October 25, 2011 vs. Detroit. Since the start of his rookie season in 2011-12, Moore ranks 12th among NHL defensemen 23 years old or younger in games played (171). Since joining the Rangers, he ranks third among defensemen on the team in goals (five), assists (16), points (21), and plus/minus rating (plus-16). Moore registered six points (one goal, five assists), along with a plus-nine rating in 13 games with the Rangers during the 2012-13 season, including a goal in his Rangers debut on April 3, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh.
The Winnetka, Illinois native was acquired from Columbus on April 3, 2013, along with Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett, and Steven Delisle. He was originally selected by Columbus in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD RYAN MALONE
NEW YORK, September 11, 2014 –New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Ryan Malone.
Malone, 34, has skated in 641 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, registering 179 goals and 191 assists for 370 points, along with 689 penalty minutes. Since entering the NHL in 2003-04, he is one of five players to register at least 150 goals, 350 points, and 650 penalty minutes. Malone has reached the 20-goal and 40-point plateaus in six of 10 seasons in his career. He has also ranked among the top five on his team in goals and points six times, and has finished among the top five on his team in power play goals in seven seasons during his career. Malone established career-highs in goals (27), points (51), plus/minus rating (plus-14), power play goals (11), and average ice time (19:04) during the 2007-08 season with Pittsburgh.
The 6-4, 224-pounder has skated in 43 career NHL playoff games, recording nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points. He established playoff career-highs in games played (20), goals (six), assists (10), points (16), plus/minus rating (plus-four), power play goals (three), and game-winning goals (two) while helping Pittsburgh reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008.
Last season, Malone skated in 57 games with Tampa Bay, registering five goals and 10 assists for 15 points, along with 67 penalty minutes. He ranked seventh on the team in hits (75) and seventh among forwards on the team in blocked shots (26) during the season. Malone tallied a goal and posted a plus-one rating while skating in his 600th career NHL game on November 9 at Detroit. He also registered two points (one goal, one assist), along with a plus-three rating on October 15 vs. Los Angeles.
Internationally, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native has represented Team USA in numerous tournaments. Malone captured a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, as he registered three goals and two assists for five points, along with six penalty minutes and a plus-two rating in six games. He tied for third on the team in goals and points in the Olympics. Malone also captured a bronze medal at the 2004 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, as he tied for second on Team USA with three goals in nine games.
Malone was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round, 115th overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
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