Author Rick Carpiniello

Rick Carpiniello, 26, began working in The Journal News' sports department (back when it was The Reporter Dispatch and eight other newspapers) in October of 1977 after a year of covering high school sports as a stringer. In 1978 he began covering the New York Rangers and the National Hockey League. He inherited the Rangers Report blog in 2009.

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35 Vigneault: Zuccarello 100 percent medically cleared

Confirming a report here a few weeks ago, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told NHL.com Friday that winger Mats Zuccarello is “100 percent cleared” for training camp. Zuccarello suffered a concussion and skull injury, and some memory loss and vision problems, when he was hit in the head by a Ryan…

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127 Woof, woof … the dog days of August

Still almost five weeks to go until training camp, then the preseason begins Sept. 21. I’ve got two more of those great, nostalgic guest blogs by our friend George Grimm to come this week, and I believe there are one or two more volunteers who will be sending stories in…

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193 UPDATED: Rangers sign free-agent center Jarret Stoll

The Rangers – home of second-chancers – signed free agent center Jarett Stoll to a one-year, $800,000 contract on Monday. Stoll, 33, won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings, but pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges from an April arrest in Las Vegas for suspicion of…

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106 Guest blogger: Jim Nasium … Expectations vs. Reality

Expectations vs. Reality By Jim Nasium “The group we had this year, and I think the skill and the determination we also had, it’s disappointing to come up short.” – Henrik Lundqvist “It’s tough to look back at how good the season was or what we accomplished as a team…

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108 NHL, MLB announce media partnership

From the NHL/MLB: COMMISSIONERS BETTMAN AND MANFRED ANNOUNCE HISTORIC MEDIA RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NHL AND MLBAM First-of-Its-Kind Media Partnership Will Transform the Fan Experience NHL & MLBAM to Team Up to Create New Digital Products & Platforms MLB Network to Operate NHL Network in U.S. in State-of-the-Art Production Facility NEW…

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66 Guest blogger: ilb2001 … The scarcity of offer sheets

Offer sheets – not happening By ilb2001 Every year, right after the free agent season begins on July 1st, and often times way before that, we keep hearing lots of gossip about potential offer sheet signings by players (usually high quality players) in order to maximize their potential future contracts,…

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299 Clock ticking on Rangers/Stepan contract situation

Derek Stepan and his agent, Matt Oates, and the Rangers, are to make their presentations to an arbitrator Saturday morning. The salary arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday, and a decision is expected within 48 hours. The Rangers are hoping to avoid arbitration by getting Stepan signed long-term before the…

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327 Clean slate … grab it

Remember when that was the motto the Rangers rode to the Stanley Cup Final in Alain Vigneault’s first year? Now we’re wiping the slate clean and grabbing it for a different reason — because there’s not much happening until Rangers GM Jeff Gorton gets down to brass tacks with the…

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108 Happy Independence Day!

Hope you are all celebrating the birth of our nation with friends and/or family, and doing something special … … and doing something other than complaining about the god-awful hockey team you’ve had to watch the last four years. I kid. I kid. PS, if anybody wants to do a…

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156 Sather steps down as GM, remains president; Gorton new GM

Rangers president/general manager Glen Sather handed over the team’s GM position to long-time assistant Jeff Gorton on Wednesday. Sather, named the team’s president/GM June 1, 2000 replacing fired Stanley Cup winner Neil Smith, will remain president. Gorton, who had handled a lot of the GM responsibilities the last several years,…

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