17 March 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Frank Vatrano (77) takes the ice for the first time as a guard after his trade from the Florida Panthers before a game against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Rangers lost the series to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Six of the Eastern Conference. This was the team’s 20th game in 40 days and it affected the team.
“When you go 7 [games twice] “There’s not much relief and men don’t get much chance of recovery,” Gerard Gallant said after his elimination. It made it difficult but we struggled really hard and did our best. They are a great defensive team. They make it difficult for you and get you out well. Our attackers were trying to get there and they were tired. There is no doubt in my mind.”
Gerard Gallant on losing ECF
In a new article in The Athletic, Pierre Lebrun spoke with both Galant and Panthers coach Andrew Brunet. Each man watched closely how lightning managed to overpower their team.
Regarding Gallant, he noted that the Tampa tweaks also helped make a difference.
“The most important thing about our series – they were obviously modified; we might have surprised them a little bit with the way we were playing – but I think they were really patient,” Gallant said. the athlete Over the phone. “It wasn’t just one line. Their whole team was really patient. That experience from the last two and a half years of winning all of those shows. That’s a big thing. And Coop tweaked his lines after the second game, you know? They put that check streak on. It wasn’t a difference. The biggest in the series, but they got confidence from him.”
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The Rangers coach also credited Lightning for not trying to force plays that weren’t there.
“They were really patient,” he said. “We were a young team that made some mistakes.”
A lesson certainly learned by both Galant and Rangers.
Frank Vatrano is back?
Vatrano, 28, had a great season and gave Rangers a boost after taking possession before the trading deadline. Playing with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanijad sparked some great chemistry as he managed to score 8 goals in 22 regular season games and add 5 more in 20 play-off matches.
“I think I have some unfinished business here,” Vatrano said On the day of the breakup. “I want to help this team win the Stanley Cup. Everything here is world class and it’s great to be a part of it.”
On July 13, he will officially conclude a 3-year deal signed with the Florida Panthers for a 2.53M AAV. I suppose he wants at least a two or three year deal for about $3M to $3.5M. This is a roof space that they can use to sign Kakko. In addition, the Rangers signed Vitaly Kravtsov for another year which increased the load on the right side.
Is there a place for Vatrano? It’s possible depending on what Andrew Cope or Ryan Strom sign.
But Vatrano may be closer to a bargain than many thought.
“To the best fans in the NHL and New York Rangers, thank you for an incredible season,” he wrote on Instagram. “We’re coming up short but the future is bright! Until next time.”
Until next time?
Well, the Rangers have $11.93 million in cover space per CapFri Friendly after he signed Sammy Blais yesterday for less than his qualifying bid of $1.6 million ($1.525). If they can break Patrik Nemeth’s $2.5 million cap, it could be used to re-sign Vatrano.