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Morning Line - Rick Nash

“Coming back from the concussion, it was tough for me to feel comfortable on the physical side of it. You can say maybe I was a little ‘careful,’ but it wasn’t as much being ‘careful’ as just not being comfortable in certain situations.

“When you come back from a knee injury, you might not be immediately comfortable on cross-overs, or if you have a groin pull, you can’t shift on the edge to gain speed when you come back. You don’t feel comfortable doing those things that always come naturally.

“Coming back from a concussion, you want to get hit and prove to yourself that you can handle everything of that nature, but that’s hard to do in practices. It was different for me.”

-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers.  More on Nash from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

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Positive Signs With The Marc Staal Contract Negotiations

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Look, there’s dialogue between Rangers management and Marc Staal’s representation that is constructive. And talks will continue.

That’s all good.

But even as No. 18’s agent, Paul Krepelka, told The Post on Wednesday afternoon that “we’ve made some progress,” an agreement on a contract extension for the alternate captain is by no means imminent. There remains a substantial gulf between the parties....

“I’m not giving daily updates, not getting into ‘close or not close,’ ’’ Krepelka said. “The tenor of the talks has been good, so we’ll keep going and keep working on it. There’s certainly no deadline on our part for getting this done.

“If this becomes a distraction at any time for Marc, then we’d have to take another look at it. But it’s all been positive to this point.”

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Ryan Malone Signs With The New York Rangers

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John Moore Agrees To Re-Sign With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers hard-balled restricted free agent John Moore from start to finish, offering the 23-year-old defenseman his $850,500 qualifier and nothing more.

Wednesday, Moore—who has been participating in the club’s informal pre-camp workouts at the practice rink since last seek—accepted general manager Glen Sather’s only pitch, agent Don Meehan told The Post.

Moore, who was not eligible for salary arbitration coming off his Entry Level deal, had no leverage absent an offer sheet that he apparently never solicited and certainly never received. The Rangers had limited cap space.

Hence, the stalemate that lasted through the summer but ended just over a week before the Blueshirts report for medicals on Sept. 18.

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Marc Staal Looking For A Long-Term Deal With The New York Rangers

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Marc Staal remains unsigned to a long-term contract extension with NHL training camp just eight days away, but the Rangers defenseman’s agent told the Daily News on Wednesday morning that he has had substantive discussions with the club toward that end.

“We have had some productive discussions with the Rangers with the goal being to secure a long-term extension for Marc,” Paul Krepelka of The Orr Hockey Group wrote in an email to the Daily News.

The Rangers had no comment.

Staal, 27, is entering the final season of a five-year, $19.875 million contract, but he has said on multiple occasions that he would prefer to sign a new deal before the 2014-15 season begins. He watched negotiations between teammates Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi and former teammate Ryan Callahan become distractions last season, and Staal doesn’t want to repeat that process.

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Ryan Malone Discusses His DUI Charge

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“I’d like to publicly apologize to Mr. Vinik and the Tampa organization,” Malone said, referencing club owner Jeff Vinik. “They’re a first-class organization, Mr. Vinik has done so much for the community there. I obviously wish them the best.

“The fans were great, so I want to say thanks to them for their continued support.”

Malone pleaded no-contest to the DUI charge and agreed to a pre-trial diversion program on the drug charge. The cocaine possession felony charge will be dismissed if Malone successfully completes the program that includes community service.

Malone, who was placed in Stage Two of the NHL/NHLPA Behavioral Health program upon his arrest, said he was reinstated “a few days ago” by the program’s physicians.

“Obviously I made a mistake, and I obviously have to admit that,” Malone said. “Thankfully, luckily, no one got hurt. It’s changed my life for the better and my family’s life.

“I’m looking to prove myself, looking to show what kind of a person I am on and off the ice.”

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The New York Rangers Will Take A Look At UFA Ryan Malone

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Ryan Malone, 34 years old and in need of a second chance, apparently will get one from big-hearted general manager Glen Sather and the Rangers.

The Post has learned Malone, a free agent who was bought out by the Lightning after a June arrest for DUI and possession of cocaine following a fallow 2013-14 season, will join the Blueshirts’ informal skates at the club’s practice facility on Monday in advance of formal contract talks between the team and agent Mike Liut....

A well-placed source told The Post that Malone — who has been placed in Stage Two of the NHL/NHLPA’s Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program — has been cleared by the league to sign a contract. The Post also has been told Malone is not likely to face league discipline in the form of a fine or suspension, though he may have to meet with commissioner Gary Bettman and/or deputy Bill Daly to receive an official go-ahead.

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Not Last Year’s New York Rangers

from Andrew Gross of The Record,

To repeat as conference champs, bigger-than-expected contributions have to come from unexpected places.

Look, given a choice between a roster with Brian Boyle (Lightning), Stralman, Pouliot and Brad Richards (Blackhawks) or Matthew Lombardi, Lee Stempniak, Tanner Glass and Dan Boyle, I’ll take the first grouping.

But Dan Boyle, at 38, should be equal to, if not better than Stralman, at least for the short term. And the Rangers have other options up front besides Lombardi, Stempniak and Glass.

Kreider’s former Boston College teammate, Kevin Hayes, has the potential to develop into a very strong off-season signing, even if it’s more likely he’ll need some seasoning at Hartford (AHL), as Kreider did.

J.T. Miller, at 21, could be facing a pivotal season in his development within the organization as he enters the last season of his entry-level deal. But it’s way too early to forget that he was the 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft and is talented, if still maturing.

Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo are among the other forward prospects who will be given a chance to crack the top 12.

So, in many respects, the 2014-15 Rangers enter training camp – which starts on Sept. 18 – in the same shape as last season’s model.

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Brian Leetch On The New York Rangers

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

The Rangers’ sturdy back end was a huge component in their playoff success last spring, when they made a run to the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Anton Stralman signed with Tampa Bay in free agency, but Leetch would like to see much of that defensive corps remain intact.

Priority No. 1, of course, is signing Staal to a new extension (his agent, Paul Krepelka, told ESPN.com via email that “all quiet on that front right now”). Though Staal has been hampered by a string of serious injuries in recent years, he returned to form with a strong performance in the 2014 playoffs.

“I think it’s really important to have that group of guys back there. I add Girardi in the mix as well, just the stability and familiarity, and the personalities. They're very good teammates in locker room, good people, and they have that continuity, plus the ability to perform on the ice in front of Henrik Lundqvist,” Leetch said.

“My fingers are always crossed that Marc can stay healthy because he’s on the verge of getting to that next level. Obviously, that’s my hope for him and I think he’s an elite player with the ability to be a top D in the league if he can continue to play and get those reps.” 

more including comments from Leetch on working for the NHL disciplinary department...

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Numerous Reports Of Kevin Hayes Signing With The New York Rangers

 

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

So how good is this Kevin Hayes?

Hayes was drafted in the first round, 24th overall by Chicago, in 2010. If that draft were to be re-held today, Hayes probably wouldn’t go in the first round. More than likely, he’d be a second round pick. At least 25 players from the 2010 have established themselves as NHL regulars and, according to our Future Watch scouting committee, at least 15 other players drafted in 2010 rank as better prospects than Hayes.

But that doesn’t mean Hayes can’t play catch-up with those other 2010 draftees in the seasons to come. He does have compelling credentials. After three middling seasons at Boston College, in which the budding power forward scored just 17 goals and 67 points in 102 games, he blossomed as a senior. Playing on a line with Hobey Baker Award winner Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold – both draft picks of the Calgary Flames, one of many teams vying for his services once he became a free agent – Hayes used his size and playmaking ability to an impressive 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games.

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