Live from Montreal: Zuccarello in, Biron gets 5th start

            Greetings from Bell Centre.

             RW Mats Zuccarello, who left the KHL two weeks ago, is expected to skate with Brad Richards and Chris Kreider in his first game of the season. Reminded writers today that he wasn't a savior: "I'm not Gretzky...just hoping...

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Torts' heart-to-heart with Gaborik; Zuke will play in Montreal

OTTAWA---The one-on-one conversation along the boards nearing the end of practice lasted more than 12 minutes. Coach John Tortorella was more animated; struggling winger Marian Gaborik did most of the listening, and looked out at the rest of his teammates shooting and passing on the ice at Carleton University.

During the skate, Gaborik, a 40-goal scorer multiple times who is having a season...

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Live from Kanata: Zuccarello scratched tonight

Los Angeles Kings's Justin Williams #14 vies against

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Mats Zuccarello was back on ice with the Rangers here this morning, wearing his old No. 36 on his helmet, but will not play tonight.

The 25-year-old, who stayed late on ice for conditioning drills with Matt Gilroy and Darroll Powe, the other scratches against the Senators, said he was happy to be back, and was pleased with his stint in the KHL with Mettalurg Magnitogorsk, coached by Paul Maurice....

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Penguins go all in, acquire Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla was traded to the Penguins.

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The rumble in the NHL, with tremors in the Eastern Conference especially, was Pittsburgh's late-night deal with the Calgary Flames that sent two college players and a No. 1 pick west for Jarome Iginla.

First Brenden Morrow, then Douglas Murray, and now classy veteran Iginla, who chose the Pens because he wants a Stanley Cup run.

Naturally, this doesn't bode well for the Rangers...

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Rangers in mix for UMass D Conor Allen

Ultra-reliable source tells me Rangers and Preds are top two destinations favored by Conor Allen, a junior, left-handed defenseman who is leaving UMass.

Decision supposedly coming soon.

Allen (6-1, 203) apparently likes the way the two organizations are developing d-men. The 23 -year-old is 5-14-19 in 33 games this season.

Said to be good skater, solid third-pair type of player. 



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The Zuke/Fast Report: Reinforcements en route for Rangers

Mats Zuccarello skates during a game against the

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As indicated late yesterday,  Mats Zuccarello and Jesper Fast are coming...

Their immediate roles at this point? Unclear.

Here's what we do know:

When the Rangers arrive in Ottawa later today (practice cancelled), they will meet up with Zuccarello, who was flying from Norway.  He will undergo the required physical and presumably skate Thursday morning before the Senators...

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Live from Philly: Miller OK, Lundqvist in, more from skate


                                 PHILADELPHIA---It’ll be Henrik Lundqvist vs. Ilya Bryzgalov tonight, but the front of the Rangers lineup is unclear.


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Sources: Verbal deal with Mats Zuccarello

The Hobbit is close to returning.

I'm told that the two sides have verbally agreed to a $$$ figure, but papers have to be signed today and clearance from the KHL, where the Norwegian forward has an out in his two-year contract, needs to be finalized. So it's down to paperwork.

Zuccarello is Rangers property and does not have to clear waivers; pehaps he can join team on road trip, which...

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Overnight Updates on Zuccarello, Fast, from Sweden

On Mats Zuccarello:  I can't confirm that a deal is done, think KHL has not signed off, but his agent tweets: "Will be glad for client Mats Zuccarello's sake that he will soon get to show NHL again how good he is."

The Norwegian Hobbit was 8-18-26 in 53 games over two seasons here, and played for Mettalurg Magnitogorsk; there's an out in his two-year deal. Supposedly working...

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Caps 3, NYR 2: Five thoughts in The Wrap

The Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin handles the puck

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1.  Stars over stars. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom got it done. Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik didn’t. Not in the game or in the shootout. Well, Gaborik wasn’t in the shootout, and neither was Chris Kreider. The rookie got some big-line time in the third, because the coach said he wanted someone to hunt down pucks. Another line shuffle coming today at practice, which by...

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