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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 2013-14 schedule announced

Nine games on road to open season, and that's after six exhibition games away from MSG.


And welcome to the Metro Division..

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON - New York Rangers


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Mats Zuccarello files for salary arbitration

Mats Zuccarello of the Rangers celebrates his shootout

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Norwegian Hobbit's journey has taken another turn, but you could sense this coming.

Mats Zuccarello, 25, who has played 67 games as a Ranger, including 15 after coming over from Russia’s KHL last season, could not reach agreement on a contract extension and filed for salary arbitration before today's 5 p.m. deadline.

The Rangers had given the 5-foot-7 winger a $735,000 qualifying...

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Thoughts on Dom Moore and his return to New York

Dominic Moore looks to pass from his knees

(Credit: Paul J. Bereswill, 2006)

Always liked Dom Moore, starting with his first full season as a Ranger in 2005-06, and madea point to catch up with him in various arenas on his NHL journey since.

He kept an apartment in Manhattan for awhile after he was traded, and really seemed to have an affinity with this town. Even when we spoke in Tampa at a morning skate two years ago, he asked The Record's Andrew Gross and me about...

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Good cause: July 25 concussion/cancer research fundraiser

It's in Toronto, called smashfest (a ping-pong tourney featuring NHL players and alum) and this year, some of the funds will go to the Dominic Moore Foundation for research and programs as well as toward concussion research.

Moore, who started his career with the Rangers, returns to New York this season. His wife, Katie, died last January, nine months after she was diagnosed with a rare form...

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NYR sign D Justin Falk for a year at $975,000

Minnesota Wild defenseman Justin Falk smiles at a

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Falk, 24, who was acquired from the Wild on June 30, agreed to a $975,000 deal and avoided arbitration.

It's the second RFA signing of the day....

The 6-5 Falk, a fourth round selection of the Wild in the 2007 draft, has played 108 NHL games and is 1-14-15 with 100 PIM...

He is the eighth defenseman under contract and expected to compete for a spot on the third pair or start the...

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Fair deal: Carl Hagelin signs two-year extension with Rangers

Carl Hagelin looks on late in the third

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Two years, with a $2.25 million annual cap hit.  is about right....

Hagelin, the speedy Swedish left wing, should be able to contribute to Alain Vigneault's offense once he's healthy following the rehab for shoulder surgery, especially on the forecheck....His legs are the key element to his game, and will continue to be, in his third NHL season.

The sling on his shoulder is expected...

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Fred Shero’s Rangers connections, and some quotes

Then-Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero listens to a

(Credit: AP, 1978)

Freddie “The Fog” Shero was selected posthumously for the Hall of Fame today as a “builder” after being snubbed for decades and was mostly known for guiding the Flyers to two straight Stanley Cups and almost a third in seven years in the 1970s.

But Shero did get his start in hockey as a Ranger, when, at 17, he agreed to a contract and played in the minors as a defenseman for the New York Rovers...

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Rangers confirm multi-year deal with Ryan McDonagh

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, right, checks

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The Rangers have confirmed a deal with defenseman Ryan McDonagh on a multi-year pact, expected to be in the six-year range.

With the pact, the 24-year-old Minnesota native, who was a restricted free agent, is likely to become the Blueshirts’ highest-paid blueliner. He was in the final season of his three-year, $875,000 entry-level deal, plus performance and signing bonuses, which resulted...

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NYR contract extension with Ryan McDonagh expected today

Ryan McDonagh body checks Brandon Prust #8 of

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Benoit Pouliot is third player added by NYR today

Pouliot signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

Here's part of the Rangers release on him....

Pouliot, 26, skated in 34 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning this past season, registering eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points, along with 15 penalty minutes. He led the team in plus-minus rating (plus-8). Pouliot registered a four-game point streak from February 12 vs. Montreal to February...

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