Rangers alternate captains still to be determined

Taking part in with six alternate captains final season was a rousing success for the Rangers when it got here to the workforce dynamic, which flourished underneath the management of Jacob Trouba, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, Barclay Goodrow and Ryan Strome.

Now that Trouba has been named captain, nevertheless, the alternates have to be handed out accordingly.

Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant mentioned administration continues to be not sure, however plans to debate the matter over the following week.

“There are totally different situations, totally different mixtures we’d do,” Gallant mentioned Thursday earlier than the Rangers misplaced 5-2 of their third preseason recreation, in opposition to the Devils at Madison Sq. Backyard. “We’re going to resolve right here within the very close to future, and earlier than the season begins, we’ll most likely make an announcement. We’re not going to do nothing proper now.”

Since Trouba is donning the “C” and Ryan Strome is now not a Ranger after he departed in free company to the Geese, the Blueshirts may title as many as 4 alternates or as few as two. If the Rangers had been to go together with two, the possible decisions can be Kreider and Zibanejad, who’re the 2 longest-tenured members of the membership.

Chris Kreider, who was an alternate captain last season, moves the puck as Brendan Smith defends during the Rangers' 5-2 preseason loss. to the Devils.
Chris Kreider, who was an alternate captain final season, strikes the puck as Brendan Smith defends throughout the Rangers’ 5-2 preseason loss. to the Devils.
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It could possibly be counter-productive to strip Panarin and Goodrow of their A’s, so the Rangers might wish to go together with 4 and ensure each participant who wore a letter final 12 months continues to be sporting one this season. Contemplating how a lot the workforce lauded the management group final season, the Rangers ought to do what they’ll to hold it into 2022-23.

After sitting on the bench for the ultimate 6:05 of the Rangers’ second exhibition recreation Tuesday, an time beyond regulation loss to the Bruins, Alexis Lafreniere was again on the ice Thursday morning earlier than the left winger competed in opposition to the Devils that evening.

Lafreniere assured he was OK after taking a tough shot from teammate Hunter Skinner off the decrease a part of his proper leg. He mentioned it was only a bruise.

“He may’ve performed the remainder of the sport,” Gallant mentioned of Lafreniere, who scored a shorthanded purpose Thursday evening. “However clearly, it’s an exhibition recreation, we’re not going to place him on the market with six minutes left. He was limping slightly bit, however he’s effective. He skated in the present day, and there’s no points.”

The Rangers scored two shorthanded objectives in opposition to the Devils, giving them a complete of three via three exhibition video games to this point. Kreider buried the primary one of many evening for his second rating of the preseason, however the Devils netted 4 straight objectives to take a 4-1 lead early within the third interval. After Lafreniere made it a 4-2 recreation with a heads-up takeaway play, Erik Haula scored an empty-netter to cap the scoring.

After waiving forwards Turner Elson and C.J Smith, in keeping with Cap Pleasant, the Rangers additionally despatched 19 gamers to Hartford to trim their roster right down to 40 gamers. The names of notice heading to the AHL embody Matthew Robertson, Talyn Boyko, Dylan Garand and Bobby Trivigno.

Panarin mentioned he believes he’ll compete in his first preseason recreation Friday evening in opposition to the Devils.

Vincent Trocheck was feeling underneath the climate on Thursday, so the 29-year-old heart sat off form and didn’t compete in opposition to the Devils.

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