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McCabe: Rangers only team I'd come to

And so it is that McCabe is a Ranger, something he'd wanted to happen before the 2008-09 season, when he ended up going from the Leafs to the Panthers.

McCabe wanted to remain in Florida, he said this morning, but once he learned from Panthers GM Dale Tallon that he wasn't in their plans, he said he'd waive his no-trade clause only to come to the Rangers.

"We spend our summers on Long Island, we have a lot of roots here -- this is pretty much home," said McCabe, a second-round pick of the Islanders in 1993 whose wife, Roberta, is from the Island. "I just hope to bring some veteran leadership, some presence back there."

And, most importantly to John Tortorella, a willingness to blast away from the point on the power play. The Rangers haven't had a point shooter for the PP all season -- so much so that Marc Staal's role on the PP of late has been to play the high slot and draw traffic, not to fire away from the point.

"I'm a shooter, I like to shoot the puck," McCabe said. "We have some big bodies to create traffic."

Staal (knee) is out again today, so McCabe will start the game paired with Steve Eminger.

Michael Del Zotto was assigned to Connecticut yesterday to make roster space for McCabe, but Del Zotto is still in New York -- the Rangers wanted to make sure McCabe arrived last night with enough time to be prepared for today's 1 p.m. start against the Lightning.

Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal, Kris Newbury goes back in for Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder) and Marian Gaborik (concussion) is not skating today in Greenburgh -- he's still not feeling well after skating on Friday.

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