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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.

Knee surgery for McIlrath; Beukeboom coaching Whale

Was on the East End yesterday, so if anyone missed the two pieces of news, here ya go.

Dylan McIlrath underwent surgery for a dislocated kneecap, which he sustained during prospect camp in a collision with Kyle Jean. Will be monitored over the summer. Doesn't sound good at all.

On the positive side, Beukeboom, a former defenseman, replaces J.J. Daigneault as an assistant in Hartford, working with the blueliners. Good move.

The third day of talks between the NHL and NHLPA on a new CBA concluded; another session scheduled for Toronto on Tuesday.  Deputy Commish Bill Daly called the meetings "productive".

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