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Miller, Fast, Asham, Falk survive; Kreider assigned to AHL

Chris Kreider, left, gets knocked to the ice

Chris Kreider, left, gets knocked to the ice by the Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund during the first period. (Sept. 23, 2013) Credit: AP

The Rangers have kept forwards J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Arron Asham and defenseman Justin Falk on their roster, and cut Chris Kreider, who played well on Friday in Las Vegas but didn't impress enough during the rest of the pre-season campaign. He'll be back at some point, I assume.

The other cuts: Darroll Powe, Stu Bickel and Brandon Mashinter, all of whom must clear waivers, plus Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik and d-man Conor Allen. Allen, BTW, didn't have much of a shot with a $1.7 mil cap hit, but he can really skate and deserves big minutes with the Wolf Pack.

Captain Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, will be on IR, although Hagelin could very well be placed on long-term, which means he would have to miss 10 games. Callahan is further along, already taking contact.

More from the rink later..when we'll get a look at Derek Stepan's first skate with the team and some lines...

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