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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.

Vigneault ready to say 'thanks' to Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks' head coach Alain Vigneault directs his

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Spoke to head coach Alain Vigneault after the 5-3 loss last night in Edmonton and asked him about the return to his old stomping grounds in Vancouver.

His responses:

 “When I got let go, I didn’t get a chance to say thank you to the people I’d been working with for seven years because I wasn’t in Van at the time. I did come back a little later, but right now, it’s hockey time and...

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Rangers lose 4-1 in Calgary

Rangers center Brad Richards tries to score on

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They blamed the first period's wave of odd-man rushes on not playing a game since last Tuesday. And many of the Blueshirts who lost a 4-1 match to the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome hadn't played competitively since last Monday in New Jersey.

I have post-game quotes in a late web story on newsday.com

Important to remember: The Rangers were without eight key players for various reasons:...

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Live from Calgary: Banff practice, Vigneault, game preview

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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Well, didn’t need more than a few hours to ascertain that Banff, Alberta and the surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous. Will surely be back for a vacation.

But today was work. First time following any sport I’ve had to drive through a national park to cover a practice.

Cruised west out of Calgary this morning, with a golden sunrise in the rear-view mirror and Ryan Adams (alone and...

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Rangers' Monday lineup vs Flames

Rangers left wing No. 61 Rick Nash skates

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It'll be the third different lineup for the Blueshirts in their third pre-season game in Calgary Monday.

Just arrived here and will drive west on the Trans-Canada Highway to Banff tomorrow morning for practice, a chat with AV, and back to Calgary for the game, so stay tuned for all the latest live info 24/7. 

Here's what I see for lines and d-pair tomorrow, based on...

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Vigneault on defense, Callahan, practices in Banff

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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Coach Alain Vigneault, on a conference call late this afternoon:

“In my estimation, it’s very good to have a shutdown pair, a pair of defensemen who can play against the other team’s top offensive players. I also like to have a pair of defensemen to play with my top forwards, two guys who can move the puck and play with the top offensive players. It’s a combination of different things. If...

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Thoughts: '10 camp flashback, Sam Cooke, Stepan, 7th D...

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save during Game 3

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Spent some time today diggin' through and tossing out some paper in boxes in the Chez Zipay basement with Roxy Music's "Manifesto" on the turntable (yes, turntable, do I havta explain?) and found a Rangers 2010 training camp roster.

As the great Sam Cooke once sang, "A change gonna come…"

Oh, yes it will.

Of the 62 players on this page printed three years ago,...

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Rangers trim roster to 39, Derek Stepan not included

Derek Stepan skates with the puck in the

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Depending on the salary cap, head coach Alain Vigneault said that with starting the regular season on a long road trip, his preference would be to carry 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies.

Here's his choices at the moment, with four exhibition games to go:

Goal (3):           Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist, Cam Talbot

Defense...

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Johan Hedberg released from tryout; five sent to AHL

New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg (1) of

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Johan Hedberg, the 40-year-old netminder who backed up Martin brodeur in New Jersey for the past three years. is gone. Hedberg was brought in on a tryout when camp opened because Martin Biron was dealing with a family issue, and head coach Alain Vigneault said he would compete for a job. But Hedberg did not play in either pre-season game, and Biron, Cam Talbot, and Henrik Lundqvist will be the three...

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Benoit Pouliot hopes to jell with Derick Brassard, Mast Zuccarello

Rangers' Benoit Pouliot carries the puck during a

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If the Rangers trio of Benoit Pouliot, No. 67; center Derick Brassard, 16, and Mats Zuccarello, 36, clicks, one nominee for a nickname? The 666 line: A devilishly good combination.

The Rangers have seen what Brassard, a playmaker who led the team in points during the playoffs, and Zuccarello, the elusive Norwegian, can provide. Throw in Pouliot, 26, a 6-foot-3 left wing who doesn’t mind hanging...

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Rangers Game 2 test in Philadelphia

Derick Brassard of the Rangers skates in the

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1. Chemistry between Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard. The 6-3 LW, who arrived as a free agent from Tampa, has impressed coach Alain Vigneault with his size and speed and willingness to go to the net, and sense a connection between Pouliot, 26, and the center. Pouliot says most of his goals last season were scored from in close, where he's able to "create some chaos." Mats Zuccarello...

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