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Minnesota C Keegan Iverson is NYR's 2nd pick in draft

Rangers general manager Glen Sather addresses the media

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Mentioned him in my draft preview in Friday's paper as one of several forwards who might be avail in third round.

So at No. 85, it's Keegan Iverson, Center.  Six-foot, 215-pound Minnesota native was 22-20-42 in 67 games for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Models game after Jarome Iginla.

Rangers received this pick from Vancouver in the Derek Dorsett trade. Also, NYR trade No....

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NYR select goalie Brandon Halverson with their first pick of draft

Glen Sather, president and general manager of the

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Brandon Halverson, 18 is a 6-4 goalie---born in Michigan--- who was 12-6-1 with a 2.96 GAA for Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. Possible No. 1 down the road. Highest goalie drafted since Antoine LaFleur in 2nd round in 2007.

This from Buzzing The Net:

The Traverse City, MI., native thrived in a backup position behind Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Matt Murray in his rookie season of major...

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NYR acquire third-rounder from Canucks for Dorsett

Derek Dorsett #15 of the Rangers fights with

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As part of the continuing post-Tortorella shakeup in Vancouver---headed by GM Jim Benning and new coach Willie Desjardins---Derek Dorsett was shipped to Vancover today for a third-round draft pick.

The pick (No. 85)  is the one acquired by the Canucks earlier today in their trade of Ryan Kesler to Anaheim.

The Canucks apparently inquired about Dorsett recently; Dorsett played for ...

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Ryan Kesler to Ducks, some Rangers info, NHL notes

Ryan Kesler of the United States handles the

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Greetings from Philadelphia, about five hours away from the start of the draft:

Now that Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler is going to Ducks for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in the draft, expect some movement from Western teams to play catchup and maybe more coming from Canucks new GM Jim Benning. Not sure Rangers have a trade partner there, though.


Hardly breaking...

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Musings on Callahan, coaches, entry draft

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan celebrates

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Tampa used a compliance buyout on Ryan Malone (who carried a $4.5-million cap charge and was busted for DUI and cocaine possession in April) and gives the dough and space to Ryan Callahan.

Callahan, 29, obviously wanted stability and his deal reportedly includes a full no-move for four years and partial no-trade for two, which is not something that the Rangers could live with.

He’s not...

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Rangers preseason includes NJ, Philly, Chicago

Martin St. Louis, center, celebrates his goal at

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Monday Sept. 22 at MSG vs. Devils

Friday, Sept. 26 in Chicago vs. Hawks

Monday Sept. 29 at MSG vs Flyers

Tuesday Sept. 30 in Philly vs. Flyers

Friday Oct. 3 at MSG vs. Hawks

Sat. Oct. 4 in Newark vs. Devils


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The 2014-15 NYR schedule

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider celebrates his goal

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                                   HOME         ROAD       Time (ET)

Thu.    Oct. 9,     2014                    ...

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Rangers home opener date set

Rick Nash looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Rangers home opener will be against Toronto on Oct. 12. They will be the visitors for both the Blues and Blue Jackets home openers, on Oct . 9 and 11. The NHL is releasing the entire schedule Sunday afternoon....

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Brad Richards and Glen Sather offer thoughts on buyout

Rangers center Brad Richards looks on against the

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Rangers released these statements:


Brad Richards:

“Tough last few days ... I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. I've met many new friends, excellent teammates and staff and I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. Glen Sather, the management and owner, Mr. Dolan, are all class acts. I want to thank them for letting...

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Freed from Rangers, Brad Richards expected to have suitors

Rangers' Brad Richards smiles as he looks to

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I doubt you've seen the last of Brad Richards.

The 34-year-old center (or even left winger), now an ex-Ranger after his long-expected buyout was confirmed by Newsday a few hours ago, certainly wants to keep playing. But where exactly that will be -- and at what discount -- is somewhat out of his control as a free agent on July 1.

To be clear, Richards can still put up some numbers, just...

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