BlueLINES For BlueSHIRTS! September 1st – Informal Skate = Hockey Is Close

Lundqvist is clearly pumped for the season to start (The Hockey Junkies)

Anyone yearning for the long-awaited return of NHL this season can rejoice a little bit more knowing we’ve made it to September and that hockey is around the corner. As for the Rangers, they held an informal skate yesterday at the MSG training facility and 17 players showed up. Some notables among those 17 were Henrik Lundqvist, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Michael Del Zotto. I know it’s only a skate, but seeing any organized function with Ranger players pumps me up even more as we patiently (or impatiently) wait for the beginning of training camp.

Follow me after the jump to get your Rangers’ headlines for today.

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Stu Hackel thinks the Rangers are taking a gamble this season with a defense corps with the average age of just around 23. [Sports Illustrated]

Jess Rubenstein writes about how the numbers game could force goalie prospect Scott Stajcer to start next season in the OHL rather than the AHL. [The Prospect Park]

Leith Dunick sat down with defensive stalwart Marc Staal, who says he wants to improve his offense this season. [TB News Watch]

In the follow-up to the NHL “re-drafting” with all 30 teams, NHL.com has the results of a simulated season with the new teams. The New York Rangers? Finished dead last: 30 out of 30. Yikes. [NHL.com]

Tim Panaccio informs us that Flyers officials, including GM Paul Holmgren, met with HBO’s 24/7 staff yesterday to discuss the Winter Classic. [CSNPhilly]

Curious about certain Ranger players and their waiver status? Do you not have a clue as to what waivers actually mean? The boys over Blue Seat Blogs have got you covered. [Blue Seat Blogs]

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Here is the list of all the writers of Blue Line Station on Twitter. Make sure to give us all a follow! :

  1. Adam Herman – @BlueLineStation
  2. James Wrabel – @TheWrage
  3. Alex Nunn – @aj_ranger

Topics: 2012 Winter Classic, AHL, Brandon Dubinsky, Henrik Lundqvist, Informal Skate, Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers, NHL, NHL Re-draft, OHL, Ryan Callahan, Scott Stajcer, Waiver Status, Who Is The Next Rangers Captain, Young Defense

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