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140 Marc Staal updates his condition

Marc Staal skated in practice today, but again did not participate in scrimmages. He spoke to the media afterwards. Marc Staal: “Depends on the length and the hardness of the workout. Some days I’ll get a headache late in the day that will last sometimes four or five hours, or…

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90 Big news, bad news on Marc Staal?

Larry Brooks is reporting that Marc Staal developed post-concussion symptoms over the summer … from the hit he took from his brother in Carolina last February. And that Marc Staal will be held out of the scrimmages and three North American preseason games as a precaution, even though he has…

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34 First day of scrimmages and pucks

The Rangers play hockey for the first time this training camp. We’re going to have to count on our Twitter widget ——> for live updates, etc. In the meantime, here are some leftover interviews from the weekend: Wojtek Wolski: Talked about getting past the old “garbage” and starting over. “I…

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24 Gaborik returns to training camp

Marian Gaborik returned Friday afternoon from Slovakia, where he spoke at a memorial for his close friend Pavol Demitra, and others. It’s been an especially difficult off-season for Gaborik, who was very close with Derek Boogaard from their days in Minnesota, and extremely close with Demitra, who perished in a…

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52 Training camp, Day 2 (updated)

UPDATE: Artem Anisimov is on the ice with the third group. No sign of Marian Gaborik, who is supposed to be in this group as well. UPDATE: Marian Gaborik is in the building, plans to skate with the fourth group and get his physical tests done later. Spoke about the…

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32 Tortorella from training camp (updated)

UPDATE: Here is my story on Brandon Prust from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. Sorry this is so late … had some major car snafu Friday. Hope to be able to get to camp for most of the session, if not all, Saturday. We’ll see. No promises. Here is…

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94 Some early stuff from camp (updated)

First the news. Marian Gaborik is not on the ice. He attended the funeral service for his friend Pavol Demitra yesterday. Wade Redden is not here; he was assigned to attend Connecticut’s training camp right from the start. And Michael Sauer did not skate today with a tweaked knee. UPDATE:…

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78 Captain Callahan; alternate Staal … then what?

So word got out last night that the Rangers will name their captains today. Um, I’d bet the old ranch that Ryan Callahan will be named captain. There’s just no way to justify anybody else, right? And Marc Staal was named alternate last year and did absolutely nothing to deserve…

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109 Bye, bye, Vinny Prospal; Hello Mikhail Pashnin

Good guy, very good player, fun to watch. Vinny Prospal wasn’t coming back to the Rangers, most likely, because his knees are shot, and because the Rangers have too many forwards who need the minutes. So Prospal — who played golf with my dad a few weeks ago — went…

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515 The Captain, and his alternates: who will they be? (updated)

MORNING UPDATE: Larry Brooks is reporting that RFA Michael Sauer signed a two-year, $1.25 million contract. AFTERNOON UPDATE: Add Artem Anisimov, who signed on the dotted line today, too (in case you didn’t see it right over there ——>). According to Jesse Spector’s blog: “Anisimov’s deal is worth $3.75 million…

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264 Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day to all! Have a fun and safe holiday. First of all, does anybody know what the heck is up with some of these supposed top teams. I mean, what is Philadelphia doing? And now, what is San Jose thinking with this latest trade, Dany Heatley for Martin…

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59 It’s official: Brad Richards a Ranger

A conference call is scheduled for 4 p.m. We will live blog the call with Brad Richards, John Tortorella and Glen Sather. I imagine Richards will go back to No. 19, though he might have to pay off his former Tampa Bay teammate Ruslan Fedotenko to get it. That leaves…

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252 July 1: Get the checkbooks out!

The festivities begin at noon. The read I’m getting is that the Rangers are going hard for Brad Richards, but they expect several teams to be involved — maybe even a surprise team or two — and if they whiff on him, they won’t go for another big-ticket guy. They…

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64 Tortorella (Part II):

John Tortorella (continued): I said that on breakup day he mentioned the need to upgrade the skill level, and that July 1 is an opportunity to do that without altering the plan of staying with the youth, and asked how crucial tomorrow is. “It’s an important day for us because…

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49 Tortorella free-agency eve (Part I):

John Tortorella: (laughing) “Boy, I didn’t think I’d have to be doing this (carcillo) right now, over the summer. … questions?” “I don’t think a whole bunch has changed, certainly, from my thinking. I think if you talk to me in a couple of days, with free agency and stuff…

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167 Some more reaction to Derek Boogaard’s passing

These player reactions came from the Rangers last night: NEW YORK RANGERS PLAYERS ON THE PASSING OF DEREK BOOGAARD Marian Gaborik: “I found out immediately, like right away…it was late at night here…I couldn’t believe it.  It was weird because I just couldn’t believe it.  It’s really sad, a young…

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118 Eastern semifinal games in review

Happy Cinco De Mayo (Marcelino is 1/64th Mayan). Bolts in the conference final. B’s are close … but they won’t get ahead of themselves this time. Claude Julien is going to bring in a motivational speaker: The Most Interesting Man in the World, to tell them, “Stay Thirsty My Friends.”…

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