Blue Notes

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.

Ryan McDonagh on sweet spots: BP, travel and maybe, Sochi

Ryan McDonagh celebrates his second-period goal during a

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“I hit the fence at 365, it bugs me that I couldn’t hit one out,” said Ryan McDonagh, full-time defenseman and former high school college slugger, talking ruefully today about BP at Target Field. “(Twins skipper) Ron Gardenhire is a big hockey fan and he’s had some of the Minnesota Wild guys out and a few of us went last week” to hit and shag flies. “I haven’t used a wooden bat in six years.”

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In Team USA camp, Derek Stepan downplays possible Rangers holdout

Derek Stepan celebrates his third period goal against

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Having some new software issues, but here's the first of hopefully several files from Arlington and Team USA camp:

Wearing a white Team USA jersey, Derek Stepan looked and spoke nothing like a 23-year-old deeply concerned about his next contract.

With Rangers training camp opening in 16 days, the restricted free-agent center who scored 44 points in 48 games last season was relaxed,...

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Things changing in Metro area's NHL barns

Artist's rendering of developer Bruce Ratner's plans for

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In no particular order...

1.  Nassau Coliseum will be renovated to the tune of about $230 million by Forest City Ratner, the folks behind Brooklyn's Barclays Center where the Nets now, and eventually, the Islanders, will play.  

Couple questions come to mind:

Does this mean the Isles will move into the city for the 2014-15 NHL season? Or stick with 2015-16?  Will...

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Rangers name Dan Lacroix as assistant coach

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher, right, talks

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Dan Lacroix, a former Rangers and Islanders winger, was officially named as an assistant to Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault.

Lacroix joins associate coach Scott Arniel, assistant Ulf Samuelsson and goalie coach Benoit Allaire.

Lacroix, 44, was an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the last three seasons. He also was an assistant with the Islanders for three years.

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Oh baby! Midsummer Day's dream... Live NYR chat at noon

Ryan Callahan celebrates his first period goal against

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Back from a sojurn in Europe and a cameo appearance covering the Yankees, who shook off the rust last night in a battering of the Angels, and I'm ready to dive into a live Rangers/NHL chat at noon...

Bring the noise.

Rumors? Derek Stepan's status?

What's new on Vigneault? The dearly-departed (well, let me rephrase that) John Tortorella? I should see him in the pre-season in...

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Jeff Gorton confident on re-signing Stepan, Lundqvist

Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton addresses the

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Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton, at Yankee Stadium for the formal announcement of the two outdoor games against the Devils and Islanders in late January, said he remains confident that Derek Stepan will be re-signed before training camp and that Henrik Lundqvist will be in the fold for a long time.  

Stepan, 23, is a restricted free agent without arbitration rights, coming...

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Callahan's shoulder improves; Girardi eyes pitch, outdoor games

Rangers players Ryan Callahan, left, and Dan Girardi

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Dan Girardi (along with the Isles’ John Tavares and the Devils’ Andy Greene) are throwing out the first pitches before Friday’s Yanks-Tigers series opener, and the defenseman, who played first base growing up and sometimes brought his glove to the Rangers practice complex to catch with Chris Drury in the parking lot, loosened up his arm last week with one of the equipment staffers.

The bet...

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Coming attractions: Yankee Stadium hockey for Super Bowl week

Bronx - August 8, 2013: A bird's eye

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Lucky me.

A day after arriving back from a wonderful three weeks on the Emerald isle, I was on the green grass of that ballyard in the Bronx on Thursday where the official announcement of the two outdoor games (Rangers-Devils on Jan. 26 at 12:30 and Rangers-Islanders on Jan. 29 at 7:30) was delivered.  Posted a photo of the outline of the rink on Twitter @stevezipay.

Should be quite...

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