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New York Rangers Report: Breaking up is hard to do

Mika ZIbanejad at the 2017-18 New York Rangers breakup day
(via NYR Twitter)

The playoffs start Wednesday night, but the New York Rangers will not take part in them for the first time in seven years. For the final time in 2017-18, the team met the media. 

Breakup day is always a bittersweet day. A time to reflect and for the New York Rangers, players reflected on what went well and what went wrong for them in 2017-18.

Neal Pionk was one of the young players called up while the Rangers were going with their youth movement. He impressed a lot of people, both around the league and inside the organization, but knows he has more work to do.

Perhaps Pionk’s biggest blunder was his positioning on a game-tying goal against the Washington Capitals in the final weeks of the season.

But there were more positives than negatives with Pionk and he has plenty of room to grow. That will be what the offseason has in store for him.

Lundqvist Hurt

Breakup day is the day where we learn about players who played through injuries, Henrik Lundqvist was one of them.

Lundqvist was bothered by a knee throughout the season and might require surgery in the offseason leaving his status for Team Sweden in the World Championships a question mark.

Other than the news of the injury, Lundqvist had some interesting things to say about the future of the Rangers.

Lundqvist admitted that even he doesn’t know what the future has in store, but he is excited for what next season has to bring.

Kevin Shattenkirk Update

Kevin Shattenkirk met with the media for the first time following his injury. He knows that he has a long way to go, but thinks he has more to show Ranger fans.

Shattenkirk thought about playing for Team USA at the World Championships but felt it would be best for his rehab if he did not play. He also mentioned that if the Rangers made the playoffs, he felt that he would be ready to take part in a run at the Stanley Cup.

Chris Kreider To Join Team USA

Chris Kreider will play for Team USA in the World Championships.

Kreider salvaged his season after missing a significant amount of time with a blood clot. Kreider scored 15 points (five goals and 10 assists) in the team’s final 21 games of the season.

When asked about the Rangers summer, Kreider mentioned that it was going to feel a little weird not knowing who the head coach will be come Septemeber. The Rangers fired head coach Alain Vigneault last Saturday night.

Other Rangers News

  • I give the Rangers centers grades for their performance this season.
  • I also explain how Alain Vigneault refused to read the writing on the wall leading up to his firing.
  • ESNY’s Frank Curto gives some candidates for the Rangers vacant head coaching position.
  • Blueshirt Banter’s Joe Fortunato explains how Vigneault never taking accountability led to his being let go.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.