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.
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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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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...Read more »
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.
Stepan...Read more »
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.
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...Read more »
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.
“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...Read more »
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:...Read more »