New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 6/14/17: Kevin Klein to Retire? Preseason Schedule Released
May 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden prior to game six of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers offseason have officially begun. Kevin Klein likely to retire, preseason schedule released, and much more!

The offseason has begun with unexpected news. Kevin Klein has been rumored to be retiring from the NHL to continue his hockey career in Europe. The news leaves the New York Rangers with one less right handed defensman but $2.9 million left in their pockets. For full ESNY coverage on the Kevin Klein news click, here

In other news, the NHL preaseason is right around the corner. The offocial dates and opponents for the New York Rangers preseason have arrived.

Mark it on the calendar: 95 days until preseason NHL hockey returns to New York. As usually the games are stacked with  Metropolitan division rivalries that allow for shorter travel. The preseason may not be the most exciting hockey but it does allow the fans to become acquainted with young talent within the organization and adds a little spice to players battling for roster spots. Nonetheless, its hockey.

In other New York Rangers news, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi were not asked to waive their no movement clauses by the deadline. This was expected as it was unlikely either would have excepted regardless. The Blueshirts now have a few options. Protect both players as required by the official rules, package Staal or Girardi in a trade, or buyout one of the players. While the buyout seems easy it packs a large burden to the salary cap for double the term of the contract.

Other Rangers News, Stories:

  • CBS Sports New York takes a look back at the 1994 Stanley Cup winning New York Rangers
  • ESNY’s own Derek Radich talks about possible New York Rangers coaching changes
  • Chris Wassel gives us his New York Rangers Expansion draft primer
  • Tom Castro of ESNY talks about the importance of revamping the fourth line after the defense.
  • Blueshirt banter’s Jack McKenna discusses the five best experience of the New York Rangers 2016-2017 season
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