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Former Rangers Captain Chris Drury Joins the Teams Front Office

September 4th, 2015 at 4:13 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The New York Rangers named Chris Drury director of player development on Friday.

Drury, 39, retired in 2011. He played the final four of his 12 NHL seasons with the Rangers, and was their captain for his final three seasons.

"I'm pretty excited to have Chris come back to the Rangers," general manager Jeff Gorton said to the NHL. “It was an opportunity to bring someone into the organization, a former Ranger, that can add so much."

Per the NHL, Drury will be responsible for working with the hockey operations department to assist in prospect development on and off the ice. He will work closely with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, and will assist in overseeing and evaluating all players at the collegiate level.

"We're trying to add people in some key positions that have had different experiences … that can give us a fresh look,” Gorton said. "It's pretty obvious what he can do and how energetic he was for an opportunity to come back with the Rangers and work here."

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Henrik Lunqvist Ready to Help Rangers Become Champions

September 1st, 2015 at 6:07 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

After three trips to the Eastern Conference and one trip to the Stanley Cup Final in the last four seasons, New York Rangers goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist is ready to lead the team to a championship this season.

“If I look back at the last four years, we’ve had a lot of great moments, especially in the playoffs,” Lundqvist,33, said to the New York Daily News at The Citi Henrik Lundqvist Hockey ProCamp at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers on Sunday. “You learn from it and you appreciate it, but obviously the main goal is to take that final step.”

The Rangers fell in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final to the Los Angeles Kings and won the Presidents’ Trophy the following season, but were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“We’re close. We’re really close,” Lundqvist told reporter Pat Leonard. “We just need to take that final step. I think it feeds motivation, being close. You know you’re doing good things, doing the right things. You just need to make sure as a group and personally you take that final step.”

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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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