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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Derick Brassard signs long-term deal

Rangers center Derick Brassard is frustrated after missing

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The Rangers announced a deal with Derick Brassard on Sunday. As noted weeks ago, we expected all three arb-eligible Blueshirts RFAs to sign before hearings.

Five years at an annual cap hit of $5 mil is fair for a team that needs top centers and for a young player (26 years old) who repeatedly declared all season that he wanted to stay in New York. From what I hear, the salary begins at about...

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Brassard, Kreider, Zuccarello file for salary arbitration

Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello skate off the

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Not a huge worry here, not unexpected, but notable.

Rangers forwards Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello -- restricted free agents who were eligible for salary arbitration -- filed before Saturday’s 5 p.m. deadline. No date for the arbitration hearings have been set and talks on new contracts will continue. In general, a large majority of hearings never take place; there's an...

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Tracking today's NYR, NHL signings: The new homes for top UFAs

Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot looks on after

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The market opened at noon, below are the key transactions...

Let's start with the Rangers' gets and goners

Dan Boyle to the Rangers for two years, $9 million.

Here's what I wrote yesterday: Can still quarterback a power play, but turns 38 soon and teams may be wary of a two-year deal. Still, righty defensemen are valuable and although his numbers have diminished (10-29-39), his...

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37-man roster for NYR development camp, which opens Monday

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault listens to a

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Calle Anderson -- D

Justin Baker -- D

Travis Brown -- D

Mat Bodie -- D

Pavel Buchnevich -- RW

Luke Curadi -- D

Troy Donnay -- D

Kevin Duane -- RW

Anthony Duclair -- LW

Steven Fogarty -- C/ RW

Spiro Goulakis -- D

Ryan Haggerty -- RW

Brandon Halverson -- G

Keegan Iverson -- RW

Michael Kantor -- RW

Nickolas Latta...

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Minnesota C Keegan Iverson is NYR's 2nd pick in draft

Rangers general manager Glen Sather addresses the media

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Mentioned him in my draft preview in Friday's paper as one of several forwards who might be avail in third round.

So at No. 85, it's Keegan Iverson, Center.  Six-foot, 215-pound Minnesota native was 22-20-42 in 67 games for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Models game after Jarome Iginla.

Rangers received this pick from Vancouver in the Derek Dorsett trade. Also, NYR trade No....

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NYR select goalie Brandon Halverson with their first pick of draft

Glen Sather, president and general manager of the

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Brandon Halverson, 18 is a 6-4 goalie---born in Michigan--- who was 12-6-1 with a 2.96 GAA for Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. Possible No. 1 down the road. Highest goalie drafted since Antoine LaFleur in 2nd round in 2007.

This from Buzzing The Net:

The Traverse City, MI., native thrived in a backup position behind Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray in his rookie season of major...

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NYR acquire third-rounder from Canucks for Dorsett

Derek Dorsett #15 of the Rangers fights with

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As part of the continuing post-Tortorella shakeup in Vancouver---headed by GM Jim Benning and new coach Willie Desjardins---Derek Dorsett was shipped to Vancover today for a third-round draft pick.

The pick (No. 85)  is the one acquired by the Canucks earlier today in their trade of Ryan Kesler to Anaheim.

The Canucks apparently inquired about Dorsett recently; Dorsett played for ...

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Ryan Kesler to Ducks, some Rangers info, NHL notes

Ryan Kesler of the United States handles the

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Greetings from Philadelphia, about five hours away from the start of the draft:

Now that Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler is going to Ducks for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in the draft, expect some movement from Western teams to play catchup and maybe more coming from Canucks new GM Jim Benning. Not sure Rangers have a trade partner there, though.

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Hardly breaking...

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Musings on Callahan, coaches, entry draft

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan celebrates

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Tampa used a compliance buyout on Ryan Malone (who carried a $4.5-million cap charge and was busted for DUI and cocaine possession in April) and gives the dough and space to Ryan Callahan.

Callahan, 29, obviously wanted stability and his deal reportedly includes a full no-move for four years and partial no-trade for two, which is not something that the Rangers could live with.

He’s not...

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Rangers preseason includes NJ, Philly, Chicago

Martin St. Louis, center, celebrates his goal at

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Monday Sept. 22 at MSG vs. Devils

Friday, Sept. 26 in Chicago vs. Hawks

Monday Sept. 29 at MSG vs Flyers

Tuesday Sept. 30 in Philly vs. Flyers

Friday Oct. 3 at MSG vs. Hawks

Sat. Oct. 4 in Newark vs. Devils

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