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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.

Rangers home opener date set

Rick Nash looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

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

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

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

(Credit: AP)

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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Four Rangers preseason games announced, more to come

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist gloves the puck while

(Credit: AP / Jae C. Hong)

According to the Devils and Flyers schedules, here's what we know:

Monday, Sept. 22: Devils at MSG

Monday, Sept 29, Flyers at MSG

Tuesday, Sept. 30 Rangers at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Saturday, Oct. 4  Rangers at Prudential Center, Newark

There's at least one more home and away game...

Reminder: NHL regular-season schedule to be released on Sunday

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Rangers (and fans) aim to help '94 team operations manager

Good cause, being co-ordinated by some NYR '94 alumni and Steiner Sports (with John Cirillo helping to publicize). This below from them explains it all:

Please check it out.

New York, June 19 – Though he never laced up the skates, scored a goal or made a kick-save, former executive Matt Loughran was an integral member of the 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup Championship team.

Just ask...

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NYR have four picks in NHL draft next Friday

Undated file photo of Rangers GM Glen Sather.

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Greetings everyone....

Well, after a couple days of regrouping, there's a lot on the plate through the fist week of July 4...

Speaking of the schedule, the NHL is releasing the regular-season sked on Sunday, so stay tuned for that. Rangers will surely have an earlier home opener than in the last three years when MSG was undergoing work.

Next week are the NHL Awards in Las Vegas:...

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5 Offseason Questions for NYR

 

         What went wrong? Not much, until the Final, as the Rangers had their best year since 1994.  But a few things made a difference against the newly-crowned Kings.       

         Lack of Firepower.  In five games, plus four overtimes, the Rangers scored...

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Battling Rangers fall in Game 5 of Final; LA wins Cup in 2nd OT

Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik scores

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There will be no Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on Monday, or another Stanley Cup banner on the ceiling this summer. But damn, you can't fault the effort of a team that fought to the end in five games against the Kings, who beat the Sharks, Ducks and former Cup champs, the Blackhawks.

On a Friday the 13th, under a full moon in Los Angeles, the Rangers couldn't overcome the fates in the longest...

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Rangers not ready to go home for summer yet

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault listens to a

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Hours before yet another win-or-go home game, the mood of the Rangers, down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final to the Los Angeles Kings, was lighter than the mostly gloomy one on Tuesday.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault even cracked a joke at the end of his press briefing, saying he had prepared his “Netflix imitation” but no one asked about what he would say to the team Wednesday night.

In...

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Alain Vigneault, Rangers hope 'to make it a series' with home win

Rangers Derick Brassard and Beniot Pouliot celebrate Brassard's

(Credit: Vincent Pugliese)

It should be an electric evening on Seventh Avenue.

At least to start Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday.

The Rangers cannot afford another loss.

Nonetheless, there was a palpable air of anticipation for the first Cup Final game at Madison Square Garden since June 1994. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is expected to send out the same lineup against the Kings as he did in Game...

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