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Chaos for New York Rangers

The New York Rangers have been hinting at an absolute fire sale from their team as they continue to drop points in the highly competitive Metropolitan division. Yesterday they sent out a memo to fans saying that they will do everything in their power to get back to being the perennial playoff they are known to be. However, it will most likely come at the cost of some familiar faces. Reports are that all veteran assets are available including some bigger names such as Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, and Michael Grabner.

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Henrik Lundqvist has not been directly linked to any trade rumors but he has come out and said he wants to remain a Ranger for life. His trade value may also be at an all-time low as he has been pulled early in three of his last six games. Lundqvist has never played in a meaningless game in his entire career so a teardown will be especially hard for the Hall of Fame goaltender but a roster overhaul is a next step for the blue shirts. Lundqvist has said he is all in on whatever the Rangers plan to do in the future, but that very well may just involve moving the King.

Not only has the entire roster been put on high alert but head coach Alain Vigneault has as well. Pressure from fans has been growing since the all-star break but as the Rangers have lost a lot and lost in ugly fashion management may be ready to move on as well. Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton has refused to comment on the future for Vigneault, a complete change of tone as he strongly backed his coach early this season.

Chaos has ensued in New York and the Rangers, for the first time in recent history, are no longer contending for the cup. While the memo to the fans was a great gesture it will be tough to see the Rangers be at the bottom of the league rather than contending for a cup.

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Arizona Coyotes Sign Anthony Duclair for One Year

The Arizona Coyotes have re-signed winger Anthony Duclair to a one-year $1.2 million contract on Monday. Duclair was the main centerpiece that seen the Coyotes send defenseman Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers.

Duclair’s first season in Arizona would come in 2015-16 where he would appear in 81 games. And in doing so would put up 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points. He also had 49 penalty minutes that season with a plus 12 rating, which is pretty solid for a weak Arizona team at the time.

However, the following year Duclair’s offensive output would drop as he only managed five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 58 games, this saw him take a little trip down to Tucson in the AHL. While with the Roadrunners, Duclair didn’t fair out any better as he only had a single goal with seven assists in 16 games.

Duclair was originally drafted 80th overall in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He’d make his pro debut during the 2014-15 season playing in 18 games for the Rangers putting up seven points in the process. He’d also spend some of that year with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.

During his time in the QMJHL, Duclair played a total of 203 games scoring 116 goals and adding 133 assists for 249 points with 152 penalty minutes and a plus 83 rating. This is what made him a very solid prospect with a lot of potential upside. However, 2016-17’s down year for Anthony shouldn’t be looked at as a permanent thing for the player. He will most likely bounce back and had a breakout season.

If he’s paired with either Dylan Strome or Derek Stepan you can definitely count on Anthony to have his name on the scoresheet quite often.