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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.

Former Blue Jackets D Aaron Johnson inks deal with NYR

 

                    In another on-the-perimeter transaction, the Rangers signed Aaron Johnson, 30, a free-agent defenseman who played for the Bruins and AHL Providence last season, in their second deal of the day.                     ...

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Dominic Moore a Ranger again...

                      In their first deal of the day, the Rangers have signed C Dominic Moore to a one-year deal, the team said. The contract is worth a reported $1 million.

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Rangers on sidelines as free agency begins

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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As previously explained, the Rangers decided that they need to concentrate their money on signing their restricted free agents: Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, maybe Mats Zuccarello and Justin Falk.

The top free agents, in a market that drops off quickly, are all getting long-term deals that the Rangers cannot afford this season. Next year is perhaps a different story, when Brad...

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Glen Sather: 'We think Brad Richards will have much better year'

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers

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The deciding factor in not using a compliance buyout on Brad Richards, Glen Sather said today, was because he believes the veteran center is “a really good player. I think he had an off-year, and we think he’ll be much better next year.”

Sather, the Rangers president and general manager, said the seven-year term did not have an impact “right now” on the decision to keep his annual cap charge...

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NYR Prospect Camp: Day 1 Impressions

Dylan McIlrath of Canada was the tenth pick

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Of the prospects on the ice at the training center for testing (no goalies, no J.T. Miller and none of the three top Swedish youngsters -- Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast and Calle Andersson-- I thought Pavel Buchnevich, the team’s second pick at 70th overall on Sunday, was easily the top skater.

The Russian winger, who will play in the KHL, reminds me a little of Artem Anisimov, with a little...

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