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DeAngelo collects 5 points, ties Rangers' single-game record for defensemen
Tony DeAngelo had a night to remember at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defenseman tallied five points on the back of his first career hat trick against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. DeAngelo's big night tied the single-game franchise record by a defenseman for both goals and points, according to Rangers Stats and Info. All three of DeAngelo's goals in the 6-3 victory came from virtually the same spot on the ice, as the 24-year-old became the first Rangers defenseman to record a regular-season hat trick since Reijo Ruotsalainen in 1982.Five points AND the @Enterprise hatty.Tony DeAngelo (@TonyDee07) had himself a quality evening, folks. pic.twitter.
ST. LOUIS – The New York Rangers and Chris Kreider are not negotiating a contract extension, the forward says.
With only a month to go before the NHL’s trade deadline, the Rangers sliding down the standings, and Kreider an impending unrestricted free agent with high value on the rental market, the lack of negotiations is significant.
Kreider’s contract carries a $4.625-million cap hit but $4 million in actual salary this season. His deal includes a modified no-trade clause that allows him to nix a deal to 11 teams.
A replacement for injured teammate Artemi Panarin at NHL all-star weekend in St. Louis, Kreider, 28, is on pace for the highest production of his career.
Panarin bests Gretzky's Rangers record
Artemi Panarin is off to a hot start in his tenure with the New York Rangers, and now the forward has surpassed a record set by The Great One. Panarin's 61 points this season are the most by a Rangers player through their first 43 games with the franchise since Wayne Gretzky put up 59 points over the same span in 1996-97. The 28-year-old Panarin signed a seven-year, $81.5-million contract with the Rangers last summer, making him one of the highest-paid players in the league.He's quickly shown his worth, as he leads the team with 24 goals and 61 points. The Rangers' second-leading scorer, Ryan Strome, has 41 points.
The speedy winger has scored 17 goals and added 15 assists in 48 games.
Kreider maintains that swirling trade rumours and the uncertainty of his future with the club that drafted him back in 2009 hasn’t affected him this season.
“You might not believe it, but there’s no challenge,” Kreider said.
“I’m just worried about winning hockey games. Winning solves a lot of problems. It’s the old adage and probably a little bit cliché, but we’re taking it one day at a time, one game at a time and just trying to get better — and I think we are getting better. I think our group’s worlds better than we were at the beginning of the year.”
Still, the Rangers (23-21-4) dropped two games before the break and sit 11 points out of a wild-card spot.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has named the Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins among the clubs interested in Kreider should he be made available.
During this rebuild, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton has a recent history of flipping UFAs for future assets at the deadline. Last February, he traded Adam McQuaid, Kevin Hayes and fan favourite Mats Zuccarello to contenders.
Does Kreider believe he could follow suit?
“It’s not something I’ve really thought about,” Kreider said.
“I’m a Ranger until they tell me I’m not a Ranger.”
Kreider returns, sparks Rangers to 5-3 win over Maple Leafs .
NEW YORK — Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad scored in a 6-second span late in the first period and the New York Rangers earned a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Kreider and Zibanejad each had a goal and an assist, Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and two assists and Filip Chytil and Greg McKegg also scored for the Rangers. Rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin made 26 saves to win for the fourth time in five starts this season. Auston Matthews had two goals and John Tavares also scored and added an assist for the Maple Leafs, who are in a tight race for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.