Rangers deal Emerson Etem to Canucks for Nicklas Jensen, sixth-round pick

Jared Clinton
Emerson Etem (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Emerson Etem’s time as a New York Ranger has ended before even a full season has passed.

Friday afternoon the Rangers shipped Etem to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for winger Nicklas Jensen and a 2017 sixth-round pick. The deal comes the same day the Rangers had announced they would be shipping Etem to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack on a conditioning stint, and after TSN’s Bob McKenzie had reported earlier in the day that Etem may be on the move.

Etem, 23, was acquired by the Rangers in the off-season from the Anaheim Ducks along with a second-round pick in exchange for Carl Hagelin, second- and sixth-round picks. Etem hasn’t been able to find a regular spot in the Rangers’ lineup, though, and has suited up for only 19 of New York’s 40 games this season. Etem has been a healthy scratch 18 times this season, including eight of the Rangers’ first nine games. Read more

Finland jumps Sweden as captain Mikko Rantanen heats up

Mikko Rantanen (left) celebrates (photo by Sarah Fuqua)

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Swedish defenseman William Lagesson let out a primal scream, then loudly muttered to himself as he stalked off the ice. The rugged Edmonton Oilers prospect had, after all, managed to shut down Finnish super-teen Jesse Puljujarvi; something unheard of in this edition of the world juniors. But while Puljujarvi’s deadly line with Carolina pick Sebastian Aho and another 2016 draft phenom, Patrik Laine, was held off the scoresheet, Finland had a Plan B.

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Rumor Roundup: Penguins biggest moves could come in the off-season

Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The struggling Pittsburgh Penguins could be worth watching as the Feb. 29th trade deadline approaches. Currently sitting outside of playoff contention, management could attempt to swing a deal to bolster their chances.

Such a move, however, won’t improve their Stanley Cup aspirations. Indeed, their window of opportunity to win a championship with their current core of talent has closed. Sliding further out of playoff contention will increase calls for a roster rebuild, perhaps by shopping superstar centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, however, doubts either guy will be moved. He points out the club is currently up for sale, and dealing away Crosby or Malkin could affect its value. Friedman also believes it’s up to ownership, not management, to make that decision. Read more

Year in review: Top 10 trades of 2015

Brandon Saad (via Columbus Blue Jackets/Twitter)

Be it trade deadline deals or big off-season moves, 2015 wasn’t short on big names getting moved in the hockey world. Cap crunches and playoffs misses yielded the trades of core players, while some big name deals had the hockey world shocked at how quickly things can change.

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Rangers’ Raanta suffers injury after taking slapshot in the head

Jared Clinton
Antti Raanta (via SomeHockeyVideos/YouTube)

There’s reason for the New York Rangers to be concerned about backup goaltender Antti Raanta after he took a slapshot to the top of his head and was forced to leave Thursday’s contest.

With little more than six minutes remaining in the first period, the Wild were controlling play in the Rangers’ zone when a cross-ice pass found Minnesota blueliner Marco Scandella. Scandella settled the puck, wound up and rocketed a slapshot on goal that caught Raanta square in the top of the mask.

Raanta looked shaken up after the puck deflected off of his mask, and as soon as the while blew, Raanta dropped forward and was clutching his head. Almost immediately, the Rangers’ training staff was on the ice to check on Raanta: Read more

Remembering the worst loss in NHL history

Stan Fischler
(THN Archives).

Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall once described the business of puck-stopping as “sixty minutes of hell.” Fortunately, Hall, the man who played 502 consecutive NHL games without a mask, never had to endure the hockey Hades that befell New York Rangers goalie Ken ‘Tubby’ McAuley one night in Detroit. Facing the Red Wings Jan. 23, 1944, McAuley allowed 15 straight goals in what was the most one-sided shutout in NHL history. “Tubby should have been awarded the Croix de Guerre,” said Rangers coach Frank Boucher, “if not the Victoria Cross.”

Alas, McAuley got neither prize, but he sure grabbed plenty of ink in the NHL Record Book. It included his involvement with the following: most consecutive goals, one team, one game; most points, one team, one game; most goals, one team, one period; and most points, one team, one period.

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Prospect Need to Know: Brady Skjei is the future for the Rangers

Brady Skjei (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hey, is anything controversial going on in the prospect world right now? Oh right, the Team USA world junior apocalypse. Here’s the thing: there will always be talented players left off camp rosters and second-guessing if the team doesn’t win. In the case of Minnesota first-rounder Alex Tuch, he hadn’t impressed as a sophomore at Boston College this year. With Toronto pick Jeremy Bracco, USA Hockey views him as an offense-only player – whether you agree with that assessment or not, it’s the mark he was given. But instead of dwelling on the negative, let’s get to the positives, shall we?

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