As the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft wrapped up, the Rangers acquired 29-year-old defenseman Nick Holden from Colorado, in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Holden played all 82 games for the Avalanche in 2015-16, scoring 6 goals and 16 assists.
The Blueshirts selected six players on Day 2 of the Draft. In the 3rd Round, they chose defenseman Sean Day from Mississauga of the OHL. In the 4th Round, they picked defenseman Tarmo Reunanen of Finland. In the 5th, they took winger Tim Gettinger from Cleveland, OH. In the 6th Round they made two selections: center Gabriel Fontaine and goalie Tyler Wall. And in the 7th, the Blueshirts chose winger Ty Ronning of Vancouver in the WHL.
The New York Rangers announced their 2016-17 schedule on Tuesday. The Blueshirts will open the 2016-17 season Thursday October 13th at The Garden against the Islanders. It’s the first time since 2007-08 that the team opened a season at home. The Rangers will play 10 of their first 14 games at The Garden.
Other notes: The team will have 16 back-to-backs. They have 12 Sunday home games. They’ll play the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins five times, including twice in three days [11/21 at Pittsburgh, 11/23 at The Garden]. The Blueshirts will play a total of 30 games against Metropolitan Division rivals.
And so it begins.
The Rangers pulled a significant piece out of their teetering Jenga tower Monday, trading the rights to defenseman Keith Yandle to the Florida Panthers for a 6th round pick in this week’s NHL Draft, and a conditional 4th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Yandle can become an unrestricted free agent July 1st. The Rangers will get the conditional pick in the 2017 Draft if Yandle ends up signing with the Panthers.
The move is thought to be the first of several that the team will be making this week, before Friday’s NHL Draft.
Yandle was acquired from Arizona in February 2015, and played 103 games with the Rangers. In 2016-17 he led the Blueshirts with 42 assists, and was 4th in points with 47.
The NHL announced the dates of each team’s 2016-17 home opener today. The Rangers will host the Islanders on Thursday October 13th.
Only 115 days to go, Blueshirts fans.