Stepan’s Back! Canucks Shut Out Rangers 5-0
The New York Rangers have resigned center Derek Stepan to a two-year deal worth over $6 million. Stepan was the Rangers' leading points getter last season and one of the team's most versatile players. Stepan will join the team in Phoenix for the regular season opener.
Meanwhile, New York head coach Alain Vigneault and Vancouver head coach John Tortorella faced each other for the first time on Thursday night. They were replaced by each other after both being fired from their respective teams last spring. The Canucks throttled the Rangers in a 5-0 shutout victory.
In a pre-game interview Totorella said that he loved coaching in New York and had a strong affection for the Rangers organization. He also said he hoped to beat the tar out of the Rangers. His team did just that.
Henrik Sedin scored twice and recently reacquired goalie Roberto Luongo was sharp. The Rangers outshot the Canucks 41-20, but Luongo held strong.
The Rangers are now 1-4 this pre-season, which wraps up Friday night in Las Vegas as the Broadway Blueshirts take on the LA Kings.