New York Rangers: Meet the Blueshirts

Meet the Blueshirts: Henrik Lundqvist

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
Position: G
Number: 30
Age: 32
Born: Are, Sweden
Height: 6-2
Weight: 188
How Acquired: Selected by the Rangers in the seventh round (No. 205 overall) in the seventh round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

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• Lundqvist, a “butterfly” goaltender, owns several team records, including regular-season wins (309) and shutouts (50) and playoff wins (42) and shutouts (nine, tied with Mike Richter). He is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 or more wins in his first seven seasons. And who could forget about his five consecutive Game 7 wins? Lundqvist guided Sweden to the Gold Medal in 2006, but he’s never captured a Stanley Cup title in his storied career.

• Lundqvist was on People Magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Beautiful List” in 2006. He has played lead guitar in a band with good friend/tennis legend John McEnroe called “The Noise Upstairs.” His identical twin brother, Joel, played a couple seasons in the NHL with the Dallas Stars in the mid-2000s.

• In December, “The King” signed the richest contract extension for a goaltender in NHL history in terms of average annual value: seven years, $59.5 million ($8.5 million per season).

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Meet the Blueshirts: Brad Richards

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Brad RichardsScott Levy/NHLI/Getty Images
Position: C
Number: 19
Age: 34
Born: Murray Harbor, Prince Edward Island
Height: 6-0
Weight: 196
How Acquired: Signed with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent (nine years, $58.5 million) on July 2, 2011.

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• It seemed like a formality that the Rangers would use one of their compliance buyouts on Richards, who had an extremely disappointing 2012-13 postseason, but GM Glen Sather decided not to pull the trigger. Richards rebounded by accumulating 51 points in the regular season and 11 more in the playoffs.

• Richards, a 13-year veteran known for his leadership and ability to distribute the puck, was demoted to the fourth line and then benched by John Tortorella for the final two games of last season’s playoffs. It was unquestionably the low point in his career. He has obviously bounced back in a big way. Tortorella ultimately regretted how he handled the situation.

• Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for guiding the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup title in 2003-04. He had an NHL-high 26 points (12 goals -- seven of them game-winners). Tortorella coached the team. Martin St. Louis was a teammate.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Rick Nash

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Rick NashPaul Bereswill/Getty Images
Position: RW
Number: 61
Age: 29
Born: Brampton, Ontario
Height: 6-4
Weight: 213
How Acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a blockbuster trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 23, 2012 in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round pick.

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• The Rangers aren’t getting what they paid for. In 32 playoff games over the last two seasons, Nash has registered just four goals -- including three in 2013-14 (granted, they all came in the Eastern Conference finals). But he can definitely make everyone forget about the past with a strong performance in the Stanley Cup finals. Nash is the 18th-highest paid player in the NHL with an average annual value over the duration of his contract of $7.9 million per year through 2018.

• Nash, though, has been one of the best power forwards in the entire league. Since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Blue Jackets in 2002, he’s notched 336 goals in 783 career games. In two seasons, the five-time All-Star has scored 40 or more goals. His 41 goals in 2003-04 tied Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk for the league lead.

• The Rangers have coveted Nash for a long time. In fact, it looked as though they were going to acquire him in 2011-12 at the trading deadline, but GM Glen Sather claimed he didn’t want to “dismantle” his team in order to land Nash.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Martin St. Louis

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Martin St. LouisBruce Bennett/Getty Images
Position: RW
Number: 26
Age: 38
Born: Laval, Quebec
Height: 5-8
Weight: 176
How Acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a blockbuster trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 5, 2014 in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a 2015 first-round pick and a conditional 2014 second-round pick.

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• St. Louis struggled upon being dealt to the Rangers, scoring just one goal in 19 regular-season games. But the 14-year veteran has returned to form in the playoffs, while mourning the death of his mother, France, to notch a team-high tying 13 points (team-high tying six goals, seven assists).

• A six-time All-Star, St. Louis, who won a Stanley Cup in 2003-04 and a gold medal with Team Canada in 2014, went undrafted and did not make his NHL debut until Oct. 6, 2000 at age 25. He has since won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2003-04.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Ryan McDonagh

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Ryan McDonaghChristopher Pasatieri/Getty Images
Position: D
Number: 27
Age: 24
Born: St. Paul, Minnesota
Height: 6-1
Weight: 213
How acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a blockbuster trade with the Montreal Canadiens along with Chris Higgins, Doug Janik and Pavel Valentenko on June 30, 2009 in exchange for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto.

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• 2013-14 proved to be McDonagh’s breakout offensive season: he tallied career-highs in goals (14), assists (29) and points (43) during the regular season. He’s currently tied for the team lead in playoff points (13 -- including 10 assists). He has averaged a team-high 25:11 of ice-time in the postseason.

• The McDonagh-Gomez trade has been GM Glen Sather’s best trade since joining the Rangers in 2000. Somehow he was able to get rid of the albatross contract he gave Gomez and turn that mess into McDonagh, who has quickly turned himself into one of the best defensemen this franchise has ever seen.

• McDonagh, a do-it-all blueliner who can block shots, kill penalties and stifle the league’s best lines, played for the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 2014 and signed a six-year, $28.2 million contract extension on July 8, 2013.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Dan Girardi

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Dan GirardiScott Levy/NHLI/Getty Images
Position: D
Number: 5
Age: 30
Born: Welland, Ontario
Height: 6-2
Weight: 203
How Acquired: Signed with the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on July 1, 2006.

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• Girardi is all guts and little glory. Consider that he ranks second in the NHL playoffs in blocked shots (50) and fifth in hits (63). Not exactly the type of stuff that gets garners attention as far as the boxscore is concerned, but it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.

• He ranks tied for second all-time among Rangers blueliners in playoff games played (84) behind only Don Maloney (85).

• Girardi, who was named an All-Star in 2011-12 and led the league in blocked shots in 2010-11 (236) and 2012-13 (125), signed a six-year, $33 million contract extension in February.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Derek Stepan

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Derek Stepan Mike Stobe/NHLI/Getty Images
Position: C
Number: 21
Age: 23
Born: Hastings, Minnesota
Height: 6-0
Weight: 196
How Acquired: Selected by the Rangers in the second round (No. 51 overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Stepan is tough. He got his jaw broken by former teammate Brandon Prust in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. He missed Game 4, but returned for Games 5 and 6. Stepan currently cannot eat solid food. Oh well. Smoothies will have to do.

• He’s quite the playmaker. This season, Stepan recorded a career-high 40 assists in the regular year and eight more so far in the playoffs. His 13 points during the postseason are tied for the team lead.

• On Oct. 9, 2010, Stepan recorded a hat track in his first career NHL game in Buffalo. He was the first Ranger and fourth player in league history to do so.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Chris Kreider

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Chris KreiderAl Bello/Getty Images
Position: LW
Number: 20
Age: 23
Born: Boxford, Massachusetts
Height: 6-3
Weight: 226
How Acquired: Selected by the Rangers in the first round (No. 19 overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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• The Rangers are 7-3 in the playoffs since Kreider returned from injury. No surprise there. The top-line winger has been a point-per-game player in the postseason, and he’s done a lot of other things that haven’t shown up on the statsheet.

• Kreider burst on the scene as a 20-year-old kid fresh out of Boston College. He scored an NHL-record five playoff goals before playing in his first-ever regular-season game.

• Kreider came under fire in the Eastern Conference finals for crashing into Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in Game 1. Price missed the entire series as a result. He had previously crashed into Craig Anderson and Marc-Andre Fleury previously, leading many to wonder if he had done so on-purpose.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Derick Brassard

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
8:20
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Derick BrassardPerry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports
Position: C
Number: 16
Age: 26
Born: Hull, Quebec
Height: 6-1
Weight: 202
How Acquired: Acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2013 along with Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a 2014 sixth-round pick in exchange for Marian Gaborik and two minor-league defensemen.

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• Brassard potted a career-high 18 goals during the regular season and has accumulated nine points in the playoffs.

• The third-line center scored four goals in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins -- including the overtime winner in Game 1.

• He was a former first-round pick of the Blue Jackets in 2006 -- No. 6 overall.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Dominic Moore

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Dominic MooreScott Levy/NHLI/Getty Images
Position: C
Number: 28
Age: 33
Born: Thornhill, Ontario
Height: 6-0
Weight: 192
How Acquired: Signed with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent (one year, $1 million) on July 5, 2013.

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Watch this beautifully-done E:60 piece on Moore. He’s overcome personal tragedy just to be here, having lost his wife Katie, 32, to a rare form of liver cancer. Moore left the San Jose Sharks in the middle of the 2012 playoffs to be with Katie. He sat out the entire 2012-13 season after her death.

• Moore, originally selected by the Rangers in the third round (No. 95 overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, is a really good hockey player. He plays on the fourth line, but he’s really elevated his game. Moore scored the only goal in the Rangers’ Eastern Conference finals-clinching victory in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens.

• Moore, who has played with nine different teams in his career, is also extremely smart. He played his college hockey at Harvard. Even cooler than that? He was teammates with his brothers, Steve and Mark. They even got to play on the same line. Harvard is where Moore met Katie, too.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Raphael Diaz

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Raphael DiazKostas Lymperopoulos/CSM, Kostas Lymperopoulos/Cal Sport Media
Position: D
Number: 4
Age: 28
Born: Zurich, Switzerland
Height: 5-11
Weight: 197
How Acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on March 5, 2014 in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round draft pick.

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• Diaz has a hard slapshot, which enables the Rangers to use him the power play.

• He played eight seasons with EV Zug in his native country before finally signing with the Montreal Canadiens as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2011.

• Diaz’s father is from Spain and his mother is Swiss.

Meet the Blueshirts: Daniel Carcillo

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Daniel CarcilloFrancois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images
Position: LW
Number: 13
Age: 29
Born: King City, Ontario
Height: 6-0
Weight: 203
How Acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 4, 2014 in exchange for a conditional 2014 seventh-round draft pick.

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• Carcillo, who has scored two goals in eight playoff games for New York, will be eligible to return in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals after having his 10-game suspension for official abuse reduced to six games.

• He also likes to fight. Carcillo once accumulated a career-best/league-high 324 penalty minutes in just 57 games with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007-08. He also scored 13 goals that season.

• His nickname is “Car Bomb.” “I was at a golf tournament and they were trying to figure out a nickname and [former Philadelphia Flyer] Riley Cote came up with car bomb and it stuck ever since,” Carcillo said. “The way I play and my personality, you know something can set me off so that's why they came up with that nickname.”

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Meet the Blueshirts: John Moore

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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John MooreFrancois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images
Position: D
Number: 17
Age: 23
Born: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6-3
Weight: 214
How Acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a blockbuster trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2013 along with Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Marian Gaborik and two minor-league defensemen.

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• Moore will not be able to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals because he has to serve the second game of a two-game suspension he received for an illegal hit.

• Hours after he was dealt to the Rangers, Moore scored in his New York debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

• He was a former first-round pick of the Blue Jackets in 2009.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Kevin Klein

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
7:20
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Kevin KleinBruce Bennett/Getty Images
Position: D
Number: 8
Age: 29
Born: Kitchener, Ontario
Height: 6-1
Weight: 199
How Acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Nashville Predators on Jan. 22, 2014 in exchange for Michael Del Zotto.

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• Klein, a stay-at-home blueliner, has provided depth on the backend and has posted a plus-seven plus/minus rating in these playoffs.

• The Predators rewarded Klein with a five-year, $14.5 million contract extension in September 2012. Then they dealt him just a year into the deal.

• During the NHL lockout, Klein played eight games for the Herlev Eagles, a Danish professional team.

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Meet the Blueshirts: Derek Dorsett

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Derek DorsettTim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports
Position: RW
Number: 15
Age: 27
Born: Kindersley, Saskatchewan
Height: 6-0
Weight: 192
How Acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a blockbuster trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2013 along with Derick Brassard, John Moore and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Marian Gaborik and two minor-league defensemen.

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• Dorsett is a fighter. He once posted a career-high 235 penalty minutes for the Blue Jackets in 2011-12.

• Dorsett has never scored a playoff goal in 32 games (18 this season). Not like it’s his job. It’s just a fact.

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