Martin Biron was the first goaltender off the ice for the morning optional, and Lundqvist stayed on with coaches, including a guest, Mark Messier. Biron last played in the 4-3 shootout loss to New Jersey. 

Looks as if rookie defenseman Stu Bickel will sit, and make way for Steve Eminger's return from a separated right shoulder. Bickel remained on the ice with Lundqvist, working with the coaches.

The helmetless Messier, who did play in the Winter Classic but has not been working with Rangers during practices or morning skates for months, spent several minutes alone shooting at Lundqvist.

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