New York Rangers Take In Knicks Game
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The New York Rangers are on their mandated bye week and the players seem to be taking full advantage in all sorts of ways.  

Boys will be boys and it seems as though the New York Rangers are taking that phrase seriously during their bye week:

It appears Pavel Buchnevich decided to get as far away from Alain Vigneault as possible for the time being, as wherever he is, Vigneault can’t scratch him. Another group decided to stay in New York as the roommates (Brady Skjei, Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey) and their plus one (Mats Zuccarello)  decided to take in the Knicks game the other night. The guy behind them obviously loved it. A mandated week off is certainly not the worst thing for the players and the coaches just to get away from it. Hopefully, they all return refreshed and ready to go.

Vinni Lettieri Reflects:

Vinni Lettieri, who was returned to the Hartford Wolf Pack at the beginning of the week, reflected on his brief yet memorable stint in the NHL before a game against Bridgeport. Lettieri definitely played well enough to be called back up after the break and potentially for the rest of the season. Lettieri recorded three shots on goal and an even plus-minus rating in the shootout win.

Filip Chytil Also Returns:

Filip Chytil also returned to action for the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday night after a mostly successful World Junior tournament. Chytil recorded four points in seven games en route to a Bronze Medal. All four points were recorded in only two games. Chytil did not record any stats in the shootout win.

An Ode to The Die Hards:

The New York Rangers official twitter account posted a nice clip reliving the Winter Classic. A true testament to the die-hard fans who braved the frigid temperatures. Things like this make fans and “Rangerstown” the best!

Anthony Duclair Traded

Former Ranger Anthony Duclair will be moving zip codes again. After an underwhelming stint with the Arizona Coyotes, Duclair, who just asked for a trade, will be joining the Chicago Blackhawks. Still only 22 years old and two seasons removed from a 20 plus goal year, the potential is more than still there. A high flying offensive team like the Hawks could be exactly what the Duke needs.

Grabner continues to be an underrated Twitter follow

Michael Grabner seems to be enjoying his time off by using Twitter apparently. Not the first time that Grabner has produced retweet worthy content while replying to fans. Don’t take it from me, shoot him a follow @grabs40. 

In other Ranger-related news:

  • Joe Fortunato from Blueshirt Banter discusses the importance of evidence-based arguments.
  • Elite Sports NY writer Dominick Renna strolls you down memory lane from the first half of the season.
  • Shayna Goldman from Blueshirt Banter details the last five games and breaks down the good and bad.
Neal Purcell has a tremendous passion for New York Rangers hockey and the sport of hockey in general. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY, Purcell coaches both a high school hockey team and a travel team in the winter. Purcell is also a part of a small family business in the Central New York Region.