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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.

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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Vigneault: Confident Callahan will be re-signed; Dorsett in

In a surprising pre-game briefing here in Philadelphia, when asked about Dan Girardi's six-year, $33 million contract, coach Alain Vigneault offered a strong opinion on Ryan Callahan's status:

“I’m very confident that the other half will get done as well.  Dan’s been a New York Ranger all his life, he’s a big part of our team.  For that to get done is very positive for our group....

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My take: Fair-market extension for Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi skates with the puck during a

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The six-year, $33-million contract that Dan Girardi and his camp agreed to earlier today is a win for both sides.

The Rangers needed to lock up their fearless, reliable (four games missed in eight seasons), shot-blocking, right-handed first-pair defenseman, who would have been the target of a dozen clubs had he gotten to unrestricted free agency in June. It's simple supply and demand. There's...

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A Preview: NYR-Blackhawks at MSG


             It’ll be Cam Talbot (10-5-0, 1.79, .935) and Corey Crawford (22-9-10, 2.35, .916) in nets tonight, the first post-Sochi game for both clubs, and for Rangers fans feeling the trade winds, captain Ryan Callahan and defenseman Dan Girardi, at least at this point in the afternoon, are set to play.


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Callahan won't discuss trade scenario; Marty St. Louis in mix?

That's what the Rangers captain told reporters after practice Wednesday when asked if he was prepared for the possibility of being dealt before March 5th. But he is, of course, no agent wouldn't prepare a client who is an unrestricted free agent during an impasse in talks with a team.

As noted, there has been no progress on a long-term contract between his camp and the Rangers front office,...

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NYR Olympians look back at Sochi

Again, busy day today, so just got around to transcribing and editing some of the the interviews today from some of the Rangers Olympians. I've whittled it down to some pertinent (in my opinion) quotes, not the whole enchildada. Hmm.. why am I hungry all of a sudden?

From Ryan Callahan: “I don’t think we met the expectations we had going into the tournament. The first three games I thought...

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