Rangers Roundup: Quinn’s staff, Kovalchuk in California, and more

Ilya Kovalchuk (ESPN)

The latest buzz around the Rangers.

Rangers working on Quinn’s assistants

According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers are working on David Quinn’s coaching staff but are not in any rush. During his introductory presser, Quinn confirmed that Benoit Allaire would be back. However, Brooks is now indicating that Lindy Ruff is still in the mix to be on the staff.

SNY Rangers also went on to mention, Joe Sacco, Todd Richards, and Jack Capuano as possible assistant coach candidates. A few weeks back, I wrote a piece predicting Quinn’s staff and in it I mentioned Ruff as a third assistant (the eye in the sky coach).

Read my predictions here.

Ilya in Cali

Looks like Ilya has met with the L.A. Kings today and will be meeting with San Jose tomorrow. Both teams are looking for scoring depth on the wings.

Namestnikov To Be Traded?

Vlad Namestnikov who will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer, is the most talked about Ranger to be traded. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see it. First off, he is young and highly skilled. He’s also versatile and can play center and wing. Those points alone are reasons not to move him.

The main reason I don’t see them trading him is simple, he was the main piece returned for Ryan McDonagh AND J.T. Miller. While I understand that Brett Howden and Libor Hajek have great potential, Namestnikov is the only bonafide NHL piece to come over in that deal.

Sorry experts, I just can’t see them moving his rights.


  • I’m sure Quinn and Gorton have had numerous discussions about who he wants on the team and who they should trade,sign,etc. And to let a guy who can play wing and center go is crazy!! You can’t judge his potential with the limited depth and skilled players we had playing!!

  • Namestnikov highly skilled? Stop over-valuing players.

  • Everyone, accept Henrik is available for trade. No one should be safe, if viable players are available that fit into their plan.

  • You wouldn’t trade Namestnikov in a package to move up in the draft? I would…..

  • It absolutely astounds me that Ruff is still employed by the Rangers!! How much failure is considered before letting someone go? He hasn’t showed a THING as a defensive coach.
    How could they have let AV go and yetis keep Ruff? Just doesn’t make sense to me.
    Also, it really took this long to lock Benoit into another contract? What else could they have expected in a goalie coach? Not only has he trained and mentored HL, he also took several mediocre goalies and elevated to starting goalie status. It boggles the mind that they even risked some other team grabbing him before being re-signed.
    Sometimes I just don’t understand how these so-called experts think!

  • My guess concerning Ruff, he is still around because he and AV didn’t get along at all.

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