NYR on the ice: More players joining skates

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist skates off after the

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With the opening of camps scheduled for this weekend, more Blueshirts are expected to join the drills at the MSG Training Center today and tomorrow: Henrik Lundqvist, Marty Biron, Marian Gaborik, Dan Girardi and Stu Bickel...I'll be there, filing dispatches here and on Twitter @stevezipay, of course. 

On the NHL front, as written in today's paper and newsday.com, we had more hockey stories...

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Previewing the Rangers

Rick Nash will finish among the top three

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Well, if you were one of the manic followers who contacted me through yesterday's marathon afternoon-to-almost dawn CBA session at the Sofitel in Manhattan ( I was so bleary-eyed at one point I thought I saw the ghost of Mr. Strauss-Kahn), you know my blog was up here at about 5:15 a.m. and then updated before I drove home through the shadows of the city. Newsday.com report was avail soon after.

Kudos...

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Tentative deal for NHL, NHLPA to end lockout

This photo combo shows NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman,

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It’s done. Drop the puck.

After a 16-hour overnight negotiating session with federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh in Manhattan and months of often rancorous, on and off negotiations, the NHL and NHLPA hammered out a tentative new collective bargaining agreement aimed at ending the 112-day lockout.

The word on the deal in principle came down shortlly after 5 a.m. from an official in the...

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After midnight, we're all still hanging out...

The eleventh hour of staking out the CBA and all we know is that there is some progress, but not enough, according to emails from Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and the sides are still huddled in a conference room here at this 44th Street hotel.

As Bruce Arthur of the National Post  said, "it feels like being in an airport, waiting for a plane that never comes."  Right,...

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U.S. prospects capture gold in world tournament, 3-1

Filip Sandberg (R) of Sweden fights for the

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If you weren't watching this morning, or following on Twitter, the USA kids beat defending champ Sweden 3-1 in the World Junior Championships final in Ufa, Russia. Great run for the youngsters, several of whom are draft eligible, especially knocking off favored Canada in the semis. 

Three players from the squad, including stellar goalie John Gibson (voted tourney MVP) and Rangers 19-year-old...

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Early Saturday report; CBA mediation shuttle continues

NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr listens

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As on Friday, the shuttle diplomacy of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh continued. Beckenbaugh met with the PA at their hotel for about an hour on Saturday morning and then shifted to the NHL offices on Sixth Avenue about 11:45. Beckenbaugh, who also was part of the talks in 2004-05, spent about 13 hours on Thursday attempting to determine where there might be enough common ground on unresolved...

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After long day of mediation, NHL says more tomorrow

It'll resume 10:30 am. Each side met with mediator separately over about 12 hours.

Presume same format to start tomorrow.

Seems asif there was some progress...

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Lockout musings: Weekend pressure points and beyond

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, and deputy commissioner

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I believe it was Plato who said that a beard doesn't make one a philosopher, but I'll toss some musings out anyway: 

All the hockey writers spread out around New York City  today have been tweeting that the federal mediator, Scot Beckenbaugh, has been meeting separately with the two sides, and that no full negotiating session has yet been scheduled.

BUT, how do we know there...

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NHL: Same song, different beat

                     Instead of competing on on the ice, the games continue in midtown Manhattan offices, four blocks apart.                      In a sideways step in the NHL’s labor talks Thursday,...

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Thursday: More news on litigation than negotiation so far

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman leaves following labor talks

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The waiting continues.

In what appeared to be a sideways step in the NHL’s labor talks today, as maneuvering superseded bargaining while the league and NHLPA remained mostly apart after a short face-to-face session with a federal mediator that ended at 1 a.m.  

It was unclear whether there would even be a full bargaining session at NHL offices in Manhattan last night as the...

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