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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.

With addition of Kevin Hayes, prospect battle looms in camp

Boston College's Kevin Hayes has signed with the

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With Wednesday’s signing of unrestricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes, who blossomed in his senior year at Boston College to become the second-leading scorer in the country last season with 65 points in 40 games, the Rangers added size and skill upfront.

The move also ramped up the training camp battle for what appears to be two forward openings on the October roster. 


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Rangers announce 23-man roster for prospect tournament

Center Adam Tambellini talks to the media after

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The Rangers will make their eighth consecutive appearance in the eight-team tournament Traverse City Tournament, and the team announced its roster Tuesday. The Rangers’ 23 prospects begin the tournament in Michigan on Friday, Sept. 12 against the Dallas Stars’ prospects.

Included among the 23 prospects are Rangers 2014 draft picks Brandon Halverson, Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Richard Nejezchleb,...

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Rangers hire ex-Canucks assistant Darryl Williams

Darryl Williams, who worked on head coach Alain Vigneault's staff in Vancouver, is joining the Rangers as an assistant coach, replacing Dan Lacroix, who left for the Canadiens last week.

Williams, 46, was an assistant coach for the Canucks for the last six seasons. According to the Vancouver Sun, Canucks President Trevor Linden said that Williams, a video coach, left for a “real exciting opportunity”...

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NYR assistant coach Dan Lacroix joins Montreal

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher, right, talks

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Dan Lacroix, a former assistant coach for the Islanders and Lightning who joined the Rangers during the first season under head coach Alain Vigneault, has moved on.

Lacroix, 45, an assistant coach who compiled videos, scouted opponents and helped run practices and workouts last season, has been hired as an assistant to Michel Therrien in Montreal, replacing Gerard Gallant, who became head...

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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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