The Rangers traded ahead Brendan Lemieux to the Kings in trade for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick, the group introduced Saturday evening.
Lemieux, who has one yr remaining after this season on the two-year, $3.1 million contract he signed with the Rangers final November, finishes his Blueshirts profession with 11 targets, 20 assists and 214 penalty minutes. With the addition of the Kings’ pick, the Rangers now have 9 picks within the 2021 NHL Draft, together with six within the first 4 rounds.
The 25-year-old Lemieux primarily performed the position of a fourth-line agitator throughout his tenure with the Rangers. He was one of many few gamers on the roster who introduced a component of physicality.
It seems the group was wanting to open a spot within the lineup, presumably to accommodate Vitali Kravtsov, who not too long ago joined the group after a stellar KHL season.
Lemieux, who has seven factors and 59 penalty minutes in 31 video games this season, got here to the Rangers within the 2019 trade-deadline deal that despatched Kevin Hayes to the Jets. In 162 NHL video games, Lemieux has recorded 21 targets and 43 factors cut up between the Jets and Rangers.
The Rangers’ 2-1 loss in Philadelphia Saturday marked the sixth straight recreation with out head coach David Quinn, who has been in COVID-19 protocol since March 17.
The Blueshirts, who shall be touring to Washington on Sunday for the second of back-to-back street video games this weekend, are nonetheless uncertain who shall be behind the bench in opposition to the Capitals.
“We haven’t made any choices, that hasn’t been confirmed but,” appearing head coach Kris Knoblauch stated Saturday afternoon.
Assistant coaches Jacques Martin and Greg Brown had been cleared to rejoin the group on Thursday, however Quinn and assistant David Oliver are nonetheless within the protocol. Martin was again down at ice stage Thursday and Saturday with Knoblauch, whereas Brown stayed upstairs for each video games. Affiliate basic supervisor Chris Drury has been helping with teaching obligations since March 17.
Underneath Knoblauch, the AHL Wolf Pack’s head coach, the Rangers have a 4-2 file.
The teaching workers isn’t the one factor up within the air for the Rangers heading into Sunday’s matinee. Knoblauch stated the group continues to be uncertain who will begin in purpose. Contemplating Igor Shesterkin made back-to-back begins within the final two video games in Philadelphia, count on to see both Alexandar Georgiev or Keith Kinkaid between the pipes.
“No we’ve got not determined [who will be in net Sunday],” Knoblauch stated. “Once we get to Washington, speak to the teaching workers, with everybody, then we’ll make that call. However proper now we haven’t.”
Together with his power-play purpose within the first interval Saturday, Mika Zibanejad has now recorded targets in 4 of the Rangers’ previous six video games and prolonged his level streak to 4 video games.
Zibanejad tied for a team-high three pictures on internet within the loss, whereas additionally registering three blocked pictures and three hits in 22:58 of ice time. Zibanejad has tallied seven targets and 6 assists for 13 factors within the final three matchup in opposition to the Flyers this season. He has scored extra targets in opposition to the Flyers than he has in opposition to every other opponent in his NHL profession (13).
In six video games in opposition to the Flyers this season, Zibanejad has recorded 15 factors (seven targets, eight assists), which has tied him with Jaromir Jagr (2005-06) for probably the most a Ranger has accrued in opposition to Philadelphia in a single season in franchise historical past.