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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.

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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J.T.Miller back, Talbot starts Thur., Callahan impasse continues

 

Apologies, some delayed bullets here:

Had to travel and exhange laptops with the office. Apparently I burned out the motherboard. Insert joke here.

* As we suggested as a possibility during the weekend, J.T. Miller was recalled from Hartford this afternoon, and presumably will dress against the Hawks Thursday. Figure he'll be on the third line with Brassard/Pouliot in place...

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Confirmed: Zuccarello out 3-4 weeks; Dorsett aims for Hawks

                     It’s official: Mats Zuccarello will be MIA for at least six games, according to the latest diagnosis.

                    The Rangers leading scorer and an important part of the power...

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Thursday topics: Minicamp, Zuccarello, Callahan

Norway forward Mats Zuccarello takes the puck up

(Credit: AP / Julio Cortez)

We'll be reporting from minicamp starting tomorrow at 11. Other teams started drills and conditioning today. The expectation is that the Rangers will be wokring out every day for the next week at the MSG Training Center.

With Lundqvist still in Sochi, expect to see a second goalie in addition to Cam Talbot. Also believe rehabbing Derek Dorsett (broken leg, Jan. 3) will be skating. And presumably...

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The Semis, Zuccarello, NYR practice Thursday, more

Returned from a sunny soiree in the tropics late Sunday and have been bedeviled by laptop issues since, hence my absence from this little corner of the internet. Our IT team is on the case, unsure when it will be resolved or how long my little-used and ancient personal computer will proceed without giving up the ghost but...we soldier on.

Some things to report:

I watched some...

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