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.

MVP, Players' Player well-deserved honors for Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh sets before a faceoff against the

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The future is now for Ryan McDonagh.

We’ve seen the Rangers defenseman blossom this year into an all-around player who will no doubt be wearing a letter on his sweater next season and for a long time.

But it’s not only the writers and broadcasters who follow the team and who voted McDonagh as the Team MVP.

The U.S. Olympic brass felt the same way, picking him for the squad and...

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Live from Calgary: Banff practice, Vigneault, game preview

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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Well, didn’t need more than a few hours to ascertain that Banff, Alberta and the surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous. Will surely be back for a vacation.

But today was work. First time following any sport I’ve had to drive through a national park to cover a practice.

Cruised west out of Calgary this morning, with a golden sunrise in the rear-view mirror and Ryan Adams (alone and...

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