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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.

Alain Vigneault on camp so far, players, plans

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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Some excerpts from head coach Alain Vigneault's media session:

“I would say yes,” Vigneault said when asked about a possible Biron-Hedberg competition. “In an Olympic year I need a backup goaltender that can play games for us, whether that number is 15 to maybe 20...in an Olympic year with the number of four games in six nights that we have to play and the number of three games in four nights,...

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Derek Stepan, in contract dispute, misses first day of camp

Derek Stepan celebrates his third-period goal during Game

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Center Derek Stepan's contract stalemate continues.

A team spokesman today confirmed that the 23-year-old restricted free agent's status hadn't changed.

The Rangers are offering the team's leading scorer last season a two-year bridge deal. Stepan, who earned $875,000 last season, and his agent, are reportedly seeking around $3 million per season and if possible, a longer-term deal.

Asked...

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Martin Biron out for personal reasons; ex-Devil Johan Hedberg in camp

Martin Biron of the Rangers warms up to

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For Rangers, Alain Vigneault era begins

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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Along with his staff, veteran NHL coach Alain Vigneault, who suceeded John Tortorella this summer, will guide the Rangers through their first training camp together beginning Wednesday.

Vigneault, who coached the Vancouver Canucks for the past seven years, will face the media at noon, while the players have medicals and testing, and will join the players for a team dinner tonight.

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