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Mats Zuccarello is 100 Percent, per Alain Vigneault

August 24th, 2015 at 9:01 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is healthy and should be ready to go at the start of training camp next month, coach Alain Vigneault told NHL.com Friday in a phone interview.

"I've heard he's 100 percent from our medical staff," Vigneault said. "He's been cleared to skate and have contact. He's made a full recovery so we're very pleased about that. He's a big part of our team."

Zuccarello, who turns 28 on Sep. 1, played in a charity game this summer with Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin, in his native country of Norway.

Zuccarello’s NHL season ended on April 24 when he was hit in the head by a Ryan McDonagh slap shot in the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He sustained a brain contusion and a hairline fracture of his skull.

Three days after the Rangers were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, Zuccarello revealed he had lost feeling in his arm and was unable to speak.

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Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh Resumes Training Routine

August 20th, 2015 at 3:20 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh is skating at full strength and has resumed his normal training routine, per NHL.com.

This comes a month after coming out of his walking boot that he wore for six weeks.

He began wearing the walking boot on June 1 and had to use crutches for two weeks. He came off the walking boot in mid-July. Once he got out of it, he began working to regain the strength in his foot, and started skating on Aug. 1.

McDonagh, 26, said he skated a couple of times each week for the first two weeks of August, and every day this week.

“It’s safe to say it’s getting better every day and feeling pretty much 100 percent at this point now,” McDonagh told NHL.com. “We said June 1 was the starting date, so we’re more than two-and-a-half months in. I’m back skating on the ice, doing leg strength stuff in the weight room, running and jumping. I’m really trying to put it all behind me now and gear up here for the start of training camp.”

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New York Rangers Add to Their Front Office

August 14th, 2015 at 3:51 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced Thursday that the team has named Steve Greeley as Assistant Director of Player Personnel and Nickolai Bobrov as Director of European Scouting.

“I think they’ll fit right in,” said Gorton to BlueshirtsUnited.com.

Greeley, 34, joins the Rangers after serving as the Associate Head Coach of Boston University for the last two seasons. He helped the team advance to the championship game last season.

Per BlueshirtsUnited.com, prior to joining Boston University, the native of Scituate, Massachusetts served as a scout in the Los Angeles Kings for seven seasons (2006-07 – 2012-13), and as a professional scout for the final four seasons of his tenure. In his role as a professional scout with the Kings, he focused on evaluating all professional players in order to help the team make trades and free agent acquisitions. Greeley also served as a regional scout for the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2009-2012.

"I'm absolutely thrilled for the opportunity," Greeley told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "It took one phone call and I knew this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

“I’ve known him for a while and he’s been successful wherever he’s been,” Gorton said. “He’s a hard-worker. I’ve always known that.

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Jeremy Jacobs & Bob Crocker are the 2015 Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients

August 12th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and longtime scout Bob Crocker have been named recipients of the 2015 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

“By honoring Jeremy Jacobs and Bob Crocker, the Lester Patrick Award selection committee has recognized the dedication and drive of two important contributors to hockey in the United States,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Jeremy Jacobs – as owner for 41 years of the NHL’s first U.S.-based team and long-serving Chairman of our Board of Governors – has provided unparalleled vision, innovation and inspiration to the advancement of hockey and the NHL. As a coach, a scout and a hockey executive, Bob Crocker has devoted decades to the development of young American players. Congratulations to both on this long overdue recognition.”

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Jarret Stoll Putting the Past Behind and Looking to the Future

August 11th, 2015 at 10:44 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

About two to three weeks ago, Jarret Stoll’s agent began referencing the New York Rangers as a possible destination for the veteran player. On Monday, he came to terms with the franchise for one year $800,000.

"You look at (Jarret Stoll) on the ice and he's a guy that can play all three positions–both wings and center–and he can kill penalties, and it's well-documented he can win faceoffs,” said Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton in a conference call Monday. “He can move up and down the lineup, too. He's played on the power play and can really shoot the puck, and he can play the point on the power play. I think all of those factors went into our decision on this one. I think he'll fit in well, and I think (the signing) helps us moving forward."

After becoming a free agent on July 1, New York came up as a possibility and a good opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden. Rangers General Manager Gorton, President Glen Sather and Head Coach Alain Vigneault were all a part of the communication with Stoll’s camp.

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