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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.

No trade demand hurt: Excerpts from Glen Sather's briefing


Sather's pre-game remarks on the negotiations, Callahan, St. Louis:

Called Callahan: "Hard-working. tenacious... he was terrific…I think the guy that’s coming in helps us advance a little farther than we expected to this year. A dynamic player…"

On the negotiations: "At some point when you’re negotiating, you have to say “no” or you say yes; in this case, we got too far...

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Looking at the East after Deadline Day

Poll: Of 1-11 in the standings the East, who improved the most?

Pittsburgh---Adds Marcel Goc, Lee Stempniak

Boston---Adds A. Meszaros

Montreal---Adds T. Vanek

Tampa---Adds R Callahan

Toronto---No adds

Philadelphia---No adds

Rangers---Add M St. Louis, R Diaz

Columbus---No adds

Detroit--Adds David Legwand

Washington---Adds J. Halak


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Rangers acquire D Raphael Diaz


             I wrote the other day that the Rangers were seeking defensive depth, and at the last-minute today, landed some.

             In their second trade of deadline day, the Rangers acquired Raphael Diaz, 28, a Swiss-born defenseman, from Vancouver, for a fifth-round draft...

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Callahan reax: Initial "shock"; thought extension would get done

Some fast excerpts from Ryan Callahan interview on TSN:

"Extremely excited...I'm going to a great organization, heard nothing from good things from players who’ve played there…they’re in the playoff hunt, which is big."

On willingness to re-sign there:

"Right now you just get down there and get settled and get used to my surroundings, once that happens, I’m open to anything if...

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Yzerman statement, Lightning release on Callahan

 TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Ryan Callahan, a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and a first round selection in 2015 in exchange for Martin St. Louis, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The Lightning’s conditional second round pick becomes a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference...

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Official NYR release, stats on Martin St. Louis

RANGERS ACQUIRE FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUISSend Ryan Callahan and two draft choices to Tampa Bay


NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a second round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and a first round pick in 2015.

St. Louis...

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Quick NHL trade update....goalie swapfest!


From various reports and teams:

Panthers acquire Roberto Luongo from Canucks for G Jakob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias

Flyers acquire D Andrew MacDonald from Isles for second and third rounder and prospect

Wild acquires G Ilya Bryzgalov from Edmonton for fourth-rounder

Ducks send G Viktor Fasth to Oilers for third-round picks in 2014 and 2015


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Zuccarello "day-to-day"; Lundqvist, McDonagh get day off

Besides the intrigue surrounding Ryan Callahan's future, although a deal appears to be getting closer for him to remain in New York, there were a few developments at Rangers practice.

Mats Zuccarello, sidelined since his broke his left hand blocking a shot for Norway in the Olympics, won't play tomorrow against Toronto, the fourth game he has missed, but is day to day. He practiced, and has...

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Trade thoughts on Kesler, d-men, Richards, Moulson, more...


With the trade deadline about 30 hours away, some musings:

If the Rangers are interested in C Ryan Kesler (perhaps to keep him away from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia), it will take either Derek Stepan or Derick Brassard, a prospect, (would be lucky if it's Danny Kristo or someone Torts likes, say, Marek Hrivik) and maybe a No. 2 pick if GM Mike Gillis can't pry a No. 1 from the...

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More AV from Philly: Hank, Cally, G, Brassard, Staal

More AV from Wells Fargo center:

On the trio in final year of contracts:

"Hank, Ryan and Dan, they’re a big part of our team, not just how we play, but the chemistry within our group and the accountability within our group, and all those guys have handled it extremely well. Hank has found his rhythm, but in Dan’s case, it never seemed to affect them. Guys were able to focus on what’s...

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