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39 Three of Rangers’ motivated World Cuppers return to practice

GREENBURGH — Three of the Rangers’ five World Cup of Hockey players returned to practice Wednesday, raring to get in some preseason games, and motivated to begin a new season after last spring’s huge disappointment. Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and alternate captain Derek Stepan (from Team USA, which went 0-3) and…

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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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94 Stanley Cup Final in review

Thoughts: 1) So the hockey season finally ends. Again, thanks to all of you for hanging in there start to finish, and hopefully you’ll stick around all summer. Going to be an interesting one, and I think the action starts next week, heading into, and at the draft. 2) The…

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200 Rangers player evaluations — Derick Brassard

I have not been looking forward to writing this one at all for a few reasons. I’ve beaten up Derick Brassard a lot this past season. I like Brassard as a person — how could you not? — and think he’s a very good player, especially when he plays with…

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103 Rangers player evaluations — Derek Stepan

Before we resume our series today, I just want to try to make it clear again. The grades are based on my expectations of each player. So I’m not comparing Jesper Fast to Mats Zuccarello or Dylan McIlrath to Ryan McDonagh, OK? Also, FWIW, the grade is actually an afterthought.…

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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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209 Rangers player evaluations — Mats Zuccarello

I admit, I was probably too hard on Mats Zuccarello throughout the season based on what he went through during the previous off-season. You know, after being hit in the head by a Ryan McDonagh shot during the clinching game against Pittsburgh a year ago, Zuccarello was hospitalized with skull…

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260 Rangers player evaluations — Chris Kreider

Chris Kreider didn’t take a big step backward in 2015-16, but he sure didn’t take a big step forward, either. And ’15-16 was supposed to be his break-out season. Everybody thought so, including the fans, the media, coach Alain Vigneault — who said so on the first day of training…

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188 Rangers sign top prospect Pavel Buchnevich

Even before the Rangers traded Anthony Duclair, many in the organization thought Russian winger Pavel Buchnevich was their top prospect. It was a matter of if and when he would get to North America. That should happen in mid-June, as the Rangers signed Buchnevich, 21, to an entry-level contract (approximately…

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393 Rangers player evaluations — Rick Nash

(Third in a series) “I know I need to be better,” Rick Nash has said so many times. He wasn’t spouting lip service, in my opinion. He honestly knew he had not met expectations. He wanted to do more. But he failed to do more. And now, after this season…

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