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The Rangers have signed Cam Talbot through next season, Larry Brooks reports, at the reasonable price of $1.45 million.
Talbot was eligible to be an unrestricted free agent following this season. Talbot’s career AHL numbers don’t scream NHL success, but in 28 games at the NHL level he’s posted a 0.936 SV%. His 0.921 SV% in a short sample this season is well above my 2014-15 forecast of 0.909.
More players in the Rangers’ organization are being isolated due to the potential of the mumps, reports Sean Hartnett.
Derick Brassard, a confirmed case of the mumps, is expected to skate with the team tomorrow as his required period of isolation comes to an end.
Earlier this week, must-follow Micah Blake McCurdy tweeted out charts that plotted each player’s average number of corsi events per game on the x-axis and each player’s average corsi differential per game on the y-axis.
Intuitively, we should expect the players getting the most ice time (i.e. the most corsi events) to be the best players (i.e. the highest corsi differential). An example of this positive correlation looks like this:
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According to the Fourth Period, the Rangers are among the teams with some interest in Antoine Vermette of the Coyotes.
Vermette, 32, can play center or wing, and would give the Rangers insurance down the middle. Adding Vermette to the lineup would likely mean Kevin Hayes shifting to wing, or Vermette playing on Hayes’ wing, lessening his face-off load.
Vermette has 8 goals and 13 assists in 31 games with the Coyotes this season with a 48.2 CF%. He is eligible to be a UFA after this season.
Rick Nash scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 of 31 shots to lead the Rangers to a 5-2 victory against Calgary, extending their winning streak to four games.
After a sluggish, low-event start to the game reminiscent of the Edmonton game, Nash opened the scoring with a backhand-forehand move that we’ve now seen more than a few times from him. He broke in all alone after T.J. Brodie’s shoot-in rimmed all the way out to Nash.
The Rangers have released Henrik Tallinder from his try-out with the Wolfpack, Steve Zipay reports.
In 4 games during his Hartford try-out, Tallinder had no goals, 1 assist and 5 shots on goal.