- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016


LAST SEASON: 46-27-9, 101 points. Third in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Pittsburgh Penguins in Eastern Conference first round.

COACH: Alain Vigneault (fourth season, 15th NHL season).

ADDED: F Jimmy Vesey, F Mika Zibanejad, F Brandon Pirri, F Pavel Buchnevich, F Michael Grabner.

LOST: F Derick Brassard, D Keith Yandle, F Eric Staal, D Dan Boyle, F Viktor Stalberg.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jimmy Vesey. Celebrities such as Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, actress Susan Sarandon, and athletes on other New York teams tweeted at the prized college free agent as he contemplated his options this summer. The Hobey Baker winner as college hockey’s top player as a Harvard senior last season, Vesey had decided against signing with Nashville, which drafted him 66th overall in 2012.

OUTLOOK: After an inconsistent regular season and an underwhelming performance in the first-round loss to eventual champion Pittsburgh, the Rangers are mostly sticking with their veteran core to make another run at a title in front of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who turns 35 in March. Their hopes rest on a combination of older players bouncing back from rough seasons and younger additions adding speed to the roster.

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