Elliotte Friedman reports that the Rangers, among others, will meet with pending UFA defenseman Mike Reilly tomorrow.
Reilly, who turns 22 next month, is eligible to be an UFA this summer, as he’s played one season of Junior A hockey and three seasons of college hockey after being drafted by the Blue Jackets in 2011.
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The wounds from Friday night’s loss are still fresh, but it’s time to shift in to offseason mode. While they fell short of their ultimate goal, the Rangers accomplished a great deal in the 14/15 season, highlighted by a Presidents’ Trophy and 11 playoff wins. Here are ten positive developments from the year, which are in no particular order.
The Rangers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0. Alex Killorn scored on a backhand shot from the slot through a screen about 2 minutes into the third period, and Palat scored with a nice shot on a 3-on-2 with about 9 minutes left in the period. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, the Rangers took 22 shots on goal.
-Well, that was a tough one. After an impressive showing in game 6, along with the Rangers history in game 7’s at home, I was feeling very confident going into this game. Unfortunately for the Rangers, Tampa executed their game plan perfectly and won the game.
The Rangers find themselves down 3-2 in yet another best-of-seven series, and look to continue their improbable success in such situations. Of their last five times being down 3-2 in a playoff series dating back to the first round in 2012 against Ottawa, the Rangers have came back to win four of the series.
While its impressive that the Rangers have overcome such deficits at a high frequency in recent history, it would of course be more impressive if they were to not get in the deficits at all. But here we are.
48 hours after dropping Game 3 in overtime, the Rangers responded with a 5-1 win to even the Eastern Conference Final at two. The score line is a bit deceiving, as the Rangers were outplayed at even strength by a large margin. It was a good night for the Rangers’ big names; not only did Rick Nash score twice and add an assist, Martin St.Louis got his first goal of the playoffs, and Keith Yandle tallied a goal and two assists. Henrik Lundqvist also bounced back with a strong 38 save performance.