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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.

Powe, Bickel, Mashinter all clear waivers, assigned to AHL

Stu Bickel stops Brandon Sutter #16 of the

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Darroll Powe, Stu Bickel and Brandon Mashinter have all cleared waivers and will be assigned to AHL Hartford.

The three were among the seven cuts made on Sunday.

Head coach Alain Vigneault said that "selfishly", he hoped Powe would clear, because he might be of use during the season.

If Bickel, a physical, right-handed d-man, plays well in the AHL, he might also be added...

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Vigneault on Kreider, Miller, Fast, keepers and cuts

Chris Kreider of the Rangers is introduced as

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Personally, I didn't think Chris Kreider wowed enough people in camp (to be fair he was on a line early with Brad Richards and Rick Nash, who had slugglish starts), and was assigned to Hartford

 “I thought Chris had a good camp but at the end of the day when we made the assessments who should stay here in what role we came to the conclusion that he’s a real young player and he needs to...

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Derek Stepan back: Preparing for Thursday's opener

Derek Stepan skates with the puck in the

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Derek Stepan, who practiced for ther first time since signing his two-year, $61.5 million contract on Thursday,  said he needs some more conditioning and time to adjust to the head coach Alain Vigneault's system, which requires different reads on offense than under John Tortorella.

And he was met with a twist: Brad Richards on left wing, a Vigneault experiment, and Ryan Callahan...

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Henrik Lundqvist on contract extension: Still talking

Henrik Lundqvist skates during Rangers training camp at

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Before the Rangers went on their brutal western swing, Henrik Lundqvist said if there was an indication that he would be distracted during the season by negotiations for a contract extension, he would put the talks on hold.

So after practice today, I asked him if there was any progress.

“I don’t have anything for you,” Lundqvist said with a smile. “We still have a few days. You can get...

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Miller, Fast, Asham, Falk survive; Kreider assigned to AHL

Chris Kreider, left, gets knocked to the ice

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The Rangers have kept forwards J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Arron Asham and defenseman Justin Falk on their roster, and cut Chris Kreider, who played well on Friday in Las Vegas but didn't impress enough during the rest of the pre-season campaign. He'll be back at some point, I assume.

The other cuts: Darroll Powe, Stu Bickel and Brandon Mashinter, all of whom must clear waivers, plus Oscar Lindberg,...

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Leaving Las Vegas: Decision time on 2 or 3 forwards, 7th d-man


                   LAS VEGAS----Head coach Alain Vigneault said the Rangers had three roster decisions to make following a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their preseason finale at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Friday:  Finding two forwards to complete the roster to start the season...

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For NYR, it's Earn-a-Roster Spot Night in Vegas


                  The MGM Grand lobby here in Vegas is swarming with fans in LA Kings apparel, but for the Rangers prospects who will have one final shot to make the openign day roster, the jersey they're targeting is worn at Madison Square Garden


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Live from Vancouver: AV and Torts, a tale of two coaches

John Tortorella reacts to a penalty call against

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Call it a tale of two coaches…

In Vancouver, Alain Vigneault confessed Thursday is that he is having trouble navigating the streets of New York and its suburbs, promising to reveal a “Lincoln Tunnel story” at another time.

He did find his way to the visiting team’s room and the podium in Rogers Arena without any trouble.

But it was an odd feeling.

“Strange  could be...

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Derek Stepan discusses his two-year, $6.15 million contract

Derek Stepan celebrates his second-period goal during a

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The word began trickling out this morning that Stepan and the Rangers were close (and you may recall that I wrote here last week that I believed a deal would get done in the final days of this trip out West), and pretty soon, it became official: two years, $6.15 million, good for both sides. Stepan, 23, the team's No. 1 center, gets a nice raise and won't miss the season opener in Phoenix.


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Nine gone to Hartford as NYR trims roster to 30

The semi-surprise among the nine was forward Danny Kristo, obtained from Montreal in the Christian Thomas deal. The Count can skate, but needs some work defensively.  He could be back during the season.

The rest:

F: Andrew Yogan, Michael Kantor, Micheal Haley

D. Dylan McIlrath, Arron Johnson, Danny Syvret, Tommy Hughes,

G: Cam Talbot

So Martin Biron will back up...

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