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Ryan Lindgren signs entry-level contract with Rangers

Ryan Lindgren #5 of United States against Czech

Ryan Lindgren #5 of United States against Czech Republic during the Bronze Medal Game of the IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center on January 5, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Hoffman

PHILADELPHIA — The Rangers announced Thursday that they have signed defenseman Ryan Lindgren to an entry-level contract after the conclusion of his college season at the University of Minnesota.

Lindgren, 20, was a second-round draft pick by the Bruins in 2016. He was acquired by the Rangers as part of the package Boston sent to the Rangers in the Rick Nash trade, which also brought back forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Belesky, a first-round pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019.

Alain Vigneault said Lindgren will join Hartford of the AHL for its home-and-home series with Hershey this weekend.

The 6-2, 202-pound Lindgren, a native of Burnsville, Minnesota, had two goals and seven assists with 51 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Gophers as a sophomore this season and was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten. In two years, he had three goals, 13 assists and 116 penalty minutes in 67 games.

He also played for the U.S. at the last two World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 2017 and a bronze in 2018.

Lundqvist feeling better

Vigneault said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who flipped head over heels and landed hard on his back after a collision in Tuesday’s loss to Columbus, was feeling better Thursday but was “still having some neck issues.’’

The Rangers have eight games left and want rookie Alexandar Georgiev to play as much as possible the rest of the season.

Georgiev started against the Flyers on Thursday. Ondrej Pavelec, returning from a knee injury, served as the backup.

Blue notes

Brendan Smith broke his hand in a fight with Hartford teammate Vinni Lettieri and is finished for the season. The New York Post first reported the story . . . The Rangers flew to Philadelphia on Thursday in three separate small planes after their train was canceled because of the storm.

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