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For Rangers, Alain Vigneault era begins

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being introduced as the Rangers head coach during a press conference at Radio City Music Hall. (July 21, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

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.

We'll have a complete training camp roster here later, and restricted free agent Derek Stepan will likely be on the list, although unless there is a contract agreement today, the 23-year-old center will miss the exams, and perhaps the first on-ice sessions Thursday.

The 50 or so players will be divided into three groups, and the first scrimmages are expected Saturday and Sunday at the MSG Training Center before back-to-back pre-season games Monday and Tuesday in Newark and Philadelphia.

So, as usual, remember to swing by here, @stevezipay on Twitter and newsday.com for all the daily info, updates, observations and opinions...

As the weather here in New York provides one more reminder of the passing summer, and in our hearts and minds, we remember a fateful day 12 years ago, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I'm looking forward to hearing from readers old and new this season, from the East End to the East Side to Edmonton, and all the wonderful places between.

Away we go....

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