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128 Mika Zibanejad showing why Rangers love his upside

GREENBURGH – Rangers coach Alain Vigneault marveled, as did everybody else watching, as his new forward line lit up two training camp sessions Sunday. “If they’re anything like they were today in practice,” Vigneault laughed, “they’re going to be a handful. “They used their skill, their speed, and made some…

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69 GM Jeff Gorton thinks Rangers’ fortunes can turn quickly

GREENBURGH — Yes, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said on Saturday, he heard the talk about making massive changes to his roster when last season ended. Yes, he admitted, he even considered it. But Gorton managed to skillfully do a makeover on the fly, building a younger, deeper, faster team in a…

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83 Motivation high as Rangers open training camp

GREENBURGH – The Rangers always go into training camp with T-shirts bearing motivational slogans. This year, though, motivation is going to be natural and aplenty. Coming off a terribly inconsistent 2015-16, and an embarrassing five-game first-round playoff loss, the Rangers opened training camp with physicals on Thursday and they hit…

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322 Rangers’ roster for Traverse City prospects tournament

From the NYR: RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016 TRAVERSE CITY TOURNAMENT ROSTER Annual prospect tournament begins September 16 NEW YORK, August 29, 2016 – The New York Rangers have announced their roster for the 2016 Traverse City Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. The Blueshirts are making their 10th consecutive appearance in the eight-team…

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116 Rangers player evaluations — Kevin Klein

Quick, who was the Rangers’ most consistent, reliable defenseman in a season in which so many were so inconsistent? Hint: He was the lowest paid of the top six. Another hint: He was the defenseman who did the least panicking, the least puck-chasing, and the most defending around the front…

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198 Rangers player evaluations — Dan Girardi

More than anybody else, Dan Girardi believes he can still be the defenseman he once was for the Rangers. “One hundred percent I can be,” he said. “That’s why they signed me to a long-term deal. Obviously this year wasn’t the best for me and the whole team, but I…

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160 Rangers player evaluations — Marc Staal

All the advanced stats indicate Marc Staal had an awful year. I don’t disagree. I also don’t believe he’s necessarily done, that he will now be in a speedy decline at age 29, which really usually is the prime of a defenseman’s career. But I don’t know that he’s not.…

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257 Rangers player evaluations — Eric Staal

To say that the rental of Eric Staal didn’t go well would be an understatement. How much of the fault for that is on Staal is debatable. But the Rangers were the second best team in the East, behind runaway Washington, and playing their best hockey of the entire season when…

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299 Rangers player evaluations — Keith Yandle

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton’s most difficult decision – unless it’s already been made – revolves around defenseman Keith Yandle. The veteran with the perfect skills for coach Alain Vigneault’s system, will be a free agent July 1. He has said he absolutely loves it here, the franchise, the city. But…

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242 Rangers player evaluations — Dan Boyle

Whatever happened on the negative side in Dan Boyle’s two seasons as a Ranger, some of it wasn’t his fault. I happen to not think he was as bad as many of my media brethren over the two years. I just didn’t. I actually liked his compete level, and thought…

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310 Rangers player evaluations — Henrik Lundqvist

When it came time to vote for Rangers’ 2015-16 MVP, I was really torn. I mean, I didn’t think this was Henrik Lundqvist’s best season overall, and I thought he stumbled a bit down the stretch. But there really were no other candidates, and I voted for him partially by…

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