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On Your Mark: Rangers begin informal workouts

 

             Have been tweeting all morning from the team's rink in Westchester County, where a dozen Rangers were on ice skating 3 on 3s and drills for more than an hour.  More will trickle in this week and after Labor Day before the official Sept. 17 opener for training camp.

            Four of the dozen attendees wore a Rangers "Liberty" jersey for the first time: Mats Zuccarrello Aasen (more on him later here and in the paper), Todd White, Steve Eminger and Pavel Valentenko, acquired in the Scott Gomez trade, whose Russian team folded/merged in the spring and he was freed from his obligations and has two years left on his entry level deal.

            The other attendees: Wade Redden (more on that also), Henrik Lundqvist (looking sharp), Chris Drury, Artem Anisimov (who said his broken right hand has completely healed), Vinny Prospal (hasn't lost a bit of his goal celebration or his glowing tan), Evgeny Grachev (who looks even stronger), Brandon Dubinsky (who slammed the glass after one bad pass) and Brian Boyle.

            The five reds were Prospal, Zuccarello (who will be in Toronto for a couple days signing 4,000 cards and memorabilia for Upper Deck; Ryan McDonagh also will be there with 21 other rookies; Gilroy and Del Zotto were part of the group last year), White, Eminger and Redden). In blue: Drury, Dubinsky, Grachev, Anisimov, Valentenko.  Boyle, who said he's gained six or seven pounds, later trained with the skating coach he has worked with during the summer to quicken his stride.

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           You may already have read me or others about the signing of Tim Kennedy, 24, to a contract believed to be near $500,000. He was awarded a mil in arbitration and Sabres walked, buying him out. You know what? With a lot of depth in the organization, Hartford should be much improved. Newsday's shiny new hockey blog from our collegue Arthur Staple http://bit.ly/abW65j also has some insight on Buffalo native Kennedy...

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          Quotes and other observations later....

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