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.
In prepping for the first visit to Newark this season on Saturday, the Rangers front office and head coach Alain Vigneault are opting to fill the hole left by Ryan Callahan (broken thumb, hit by shot against Caps), with experience raather than youth.
The message, it appears, is that the 2-4 Rangers need to nail down a few winnable games, and let the youngsters simmer a bit in Hartford. Vigneault...Read more »
WASHINGTON -- He never saw it coming. Fifty-one seconds into the third period Wednesday, Caps forward Troy Brouwer blindsided Rangers center Derek Stepan with a forearm in neutral ice, clipping him in the helmet.
Stepan went down and eventually skated to the dressing room; Brouwer was not penalized. The Rangers center returned to the bench with about 13 minutes left.
“The referee...Read more »
For the third time in four games on this season-opening Western trip, the Rangers (1-2) will face a club staging its home opener, with all the inherent ceremonies, introductions and an energetic crowd.
For the Blueshirts, tonight's clash with the Ducks (2-1) will have a greater emphasis on intensity.
They presumably will be without Rick Nash, who apparently sustained a concussion on...Read more »
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 »
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 »
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,...Read more »
As reported yesterday, the 23-year-old has not been in camp, as the Rangers and his agent Matt Oates, continue to wrestle with a new contract.
The first scrimmage of camp is 11 a.m. today, and with two preseason games against the Devils Monday and Philadelphia Tuesday, the impasse is raising some concern. The Rangers leave Wednesday for four days of camp in Western Canada and then four games...Read more »
Center Derek Stepan's contract stalemate continues.
A team spokesman today confirmed that the 23-year-old restricted free agent's status hadn't changed.
The Rangers are offering the team's leading scorer last season a two-year bridge deal. Stepan, who earned $875,000 last season, and his agent, are reportedly seeking around $3 million per season and if possible, a longer-term deal.
Asked...Read more »
Along with his staff, veteran NHL coach Alain Vigneault, who suceeded John Tortorella this summer, will guide the Rangers through their first training camp together beginning Wednesday.
Vigneault, who coached the Vancouver Canucks for the past seven years, will face the media at noon, while the players have medicals and testing, and will join the players for a team dinner tonight.
We'll...Read more »
The two sides in the Derek Stepan contract standoff are said to be talking, but it remains unclear this afternoon whether the Rangers center will be present and accounted for at medicals and testing Wednesday before the Blueshirts take the ice at training camp Thursday.
The Rangers have offered a two-year "bridge contract" to Stepan, as they have in the past to players coming off...Read more »