May 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) charges New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Two for Roughing: NHL News and Notes [August 25, 2013]

Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

And with another weekend in the books as we come closer to the start of training camp, the news around the NHL and most importantly in Ranger land is quite as we still await the news of the signing of Derek Stepan. Stepan is likely to get a quick two year deal, as Sather stated in an interview that he gives many of his young guys, but that a discussion would start after the first year of his deal ended to get him extended for longer. Sather knows the importance of a player like Stepan and is doing everything he can to get him signed.

Canada started their camp today where Marc Staal and Rick Nash fight for spots on the roster. While there are many talks of Nash not being a lock, the fact that he has international competition under his belt to me, makes him a lock. Staal depending on how healthy he really is, is another lock. Not worried about that at all, and looking forward to seeing which Rangers actually make the team for all countries represented in the Olympics.

We have a lot ahead for you at Blueline Station, and we want to thank you guys for sticking around during a very slow summer. Once the season starts, everything will be ramped up to high gear.

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