The Rangers signed Lee Stempniak to a one-year, $900K deal.
Stempniak, 31, had 12 goals and 22 assists (34 points) in 73 games between the Flames and Penguins last season. He provides the Rangers with depth at right wing, but likely won't play a big enough role to have a fantasy impact in 2014-15.
The Rangers signed Matthew Lombardi to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
After spending nine seasons in the NHL, the 32-year-old Lombardi played with Geneve of National League A (Switzerland) league last year. He had 20 goals and 30 assists (50 points) in 46 games, but has had just 12 goals and 14 assists in his last 90 NHL games.
The Rangers signed Cedrick Desjardins to a two-year contract worth $1.2 million.
Desjardins made just one start for the Lightning last season, but he was 9-18-4 with a 2.81 GAA and .900 SV% with Syracuse (AHL). He will likely find himself with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) to start next season.
The Rangers have re-signed Dominic Moore to a two-year deal worth $3 million.
Moore had six goals and 12 assists (18 points) in 73 games with the Rangers last season. He was a very valuable piece to the Rangers Stanley Cup push and the 2014 Bill Masterton Trophy winner will be a key member of their bottom six this upcoming season.
The Rangers have signed Mike Kostka to a one-year deal worth $650K.
Kostka had four goals and seven assists (11 points) with a plus-10 rating in 28 games with the Lightning and Blackhawks last season. He will fight for playing time as the sixth or seventh defenseman in New York.
The Rangers have inked Dan Boyle to a two-year deal worth $9 million.
Boyle, 37, reportedly turned down more money to go play in New York. There is no doubting his offence, he scored 12 goals with 24 assists (38 points) in 75 games last season, but it is his work in his own end that has come into question. He will likely get paired with Marc Staal, a D-partner that will help cover up his regressing defensive play.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 15 shots in the 3-0 loss in game three. The loss put the Rangers on the brink of elimination and gives the Kings four chances to win one game for the Stanley Cup. Lundqvist has a .922 SV% this postseason, but has struggled in the Finals, posting an .892 through the first three games.
Lundqvist will be in goal for the Rangers in game three.
Lundqvist allowed five goals on 44 shots in the Rangers' 5-4 double overtime loss to the Kings in game two. He has made 79 saves on 87 shots (.908 SV%) through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers have blown a two goal lead in both games which makes the 2-0 series deficit all the more frustrating for New York. They head back to Madison Square Garden where Lundqvist is 6-4 this postseason.
The Islanders acquired the negotiating rights to Dan Boyle in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick on Thursday.
The 37-year-old Boyle is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Sharks had already announced that they will not re-sign Boyle and will end up receiving a fourth-round pick should Boyle sign with the Islanders before next season. Boyle earned just under $7 million with the Sharks this season. He led the club's defencemen with 36 points and 12 goals in 75 games and added four assists in San Jose's first-round, seven-game playoff loss to Los Angeles.
Lundqvist starts game one of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced in the Rangers 1-0 win over the Canadiens in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals. King Henrik finished the series with a 2.15 GAA and .922 SV% and sits atop the postseason leaders with a .928 SV% in 20 starts. The matchup between Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick will likely decide who wins this series.
Lundqvist was pulled after he allowed four goals on 19 shots in the Rangers 7-4 loss in game five. They have a chance to close out the series again tonight, but will certainly need a better performance between the pipes from King Henrik.