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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.

MVP, Players' Player well-deserved honors for Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh sets before a faceoff against the

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The future is now for Ryan McDonagh.

We’ve seen the Rangers defenseman blossom this year into an all-around player who will no doubt be wearing a letter on his sweater next season and for a long time.

But it’s not only the writers and broadcasters who follow the team and who voted McDonagh as the Team MVP.

The U.S. Olympic brass felt the same way, picking him for the squad and...

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Blues no more: Morning musings after 3-2 win in Chicago

Henrik Lundqvist looks on during a game against

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Finally arrived at O’Hare, brutal traffic in the Windy City as usual….

(Highlight of trip: Between sets of blues vets Sonic Soul, who were killing it at Legends, briefly spoke with Buddy Guy at the bar. Always outspoken and still a tad crusty at 77, but he’s playing in his joint for most of this month. Congratulated him for being honored at the Kennedy Center annual festivities in Washington....

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Cam Talbot in net tonight vs. Wild; Marc Staal sidelined but skating

Cam Talbot prepares to play against the Winnipeg

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I'm travelling today and Newsday's Will Sammon is filling in tonight at MSG. I'll be back for the Leafs game tomorrow, then on to DC and Florida as 2013 winds down. Anyway, for Henrik Lundqvist, it’s time for a break. Talbot will start Sunday instead of Lundqvist in the eighth game of what has been a catastrophic franchise-record nine-game homestand. Lundqvist has started eight consecutive games,...

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Rick Nash update, Miller back in lineup, Dom Moore improving

 

           As for the speculation that with Rick Nash (concussion) missing his 12th game, the Rangers may be looking to add some offense in a trade,  head coach Alain Vigneault said:

             “I think we need to get the pieces that we have here to play better....

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Callahan practices, Moore out with oblique, Lundqvist in goal

 

               Although he’s frustrated with being sidelined, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s broken left thumb is healing on schedule and he skated with his teammates Thursday morning before the Sabres game for the first time since the injury.

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