Read: Henrik Lundqvist has a good feeling about the team

Henrik Lundqvist Stanley Cup1Henrik Lundqvist says that he is using the Rangers trip to the Stanley Cup Final as motivation for next season and says that he has a “good feeling” about this team. (Newsday)

Lundqvist says that the Rangers can’t get ahead of themselves and start thinking about the playoffs when the season starts. He adds that they need to start next season fresh and not think about what happened last year and just expect it to happen again. (Newsday)

He adds that last season was a good step for the organization and having one year under Alain Vigneault and his coaching staff should alleviate some of the issues they dealt with last year. (NY Post)

On the roster changeover, Lundqvist said that the Rangers lost some “great players” who played a big role on the team but he is excited to see what the new players can do and what they can bring. (NY Post)

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Read: Anthony Duclair’s skill set

Anthony DuclairAnthony Duclair’s former coach in midget hockey says that Duclair is someone who can beat you in different ways. He says that Duclair can score with a “dazzling” deke or “straight up with a shot.” (Montreal Gazette)

Duclair says that his game is offensive minded but he is working on becoming more defensive minded. (HF)

In three preseason games for Quebec, Duclair has three goals and 5 assists.

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Read: Brian Leetch thinks that Ryan McDonagh should be the Rangers next captain

8/24/14 | 12:25PM: Former Rangers captain Brian Leetch says that Ryan McDonagh is the “logical” choice to be the next captain of the team. (ESPN)

Leetch says that McDonagh is the “main guy” for the foreseeable future and since he is already a leader on the team, having the “C” won’t change much for him. (ESPN)

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Leetch has continually praised McDonagh during his career.

Recap: Kevin Hayes on choosing the Rangers, his leg injury, Chris Kreider and the role Brian Boyle played

Kevin HayesKevin Hayes joined the SportsTalkNY show to discuss his decision to sign with the Rangers: (SportsTalkNY)

  • Why the Rangers, “I thought it was a great fit and I wanted to go to the best team and the best opportunity to succeed in the NHL short-term and long-term and it seemed like a good fit.”
  • On his brutal/near career ending leg injury, “I got kneed 2/26 of my Junior year and everything popped in my leg, all the blood vessels popped and it was a terrible freak incident. It opened my eyes a little more about the sport of hockey and it forced me to work harder to get into the best possible shape that I could be in, it was a blessing in disguise.”

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Read: Mats Zuccarello on Derick Brassard getting a long-term deal after he got a short-term deal

Mats Zuccarello was asked if he felt “unappreciated” by the Rangers after he signed for one-year and the Rangers gave Derick Brassard five-years.(TV2)

Zuccarello said that he knew Brassard was going to get that contract, that the two speak everyday, and that Zuccarello taking one-year and $3.5 million probably helped Brassard get his deal from the Rangers. (TV2)

He adds that with losing Brad Richards it was important for the Rangers to keep Brassard. (TV2)

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Read: What Mark Messier loved about his time in the Rangers front office

During Super Bowl week, Mark Messier did a few interviews to help promote the Kingsbridge Ice complex he is working with and was asked about his potential NHL future.

Messier was asked about coaching by Mike Francesa and answered by talking about how much he loved his time with the Rangers.

He said that he loved being part of the decision making process, constructing a team and trying to guide them to the Stanley Cup.

Messier said that he learned a tremendous amount working with Glen Sather and the Rangers front office.

When on with TSN Drive, Messier once again remarked how much he loved being part of the Rangers front office.

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Stats: Projections for how many points the Rangers wingers may put up

Rangers MuralSports Forecaster is a Canadian Fantasy Hockey Magazine that has projections for how many points the Rangers wingers may put up this season.

  • Marty St. Louis: 20 goals, 41 assists in 79 games
  • Rick Nash: 33 goals, 25 assists in 79 games
  • Chris Kreider: 25 goals and 25 assists in 80 games
  • Mats Zuccarello: 16 goals and 29 assists in 80 games
  • Carl Hagelin: 20 goals, 20 assists in 40 games
  • Lee Stempniak: 15 goals, 21 assists in 73 games
  • Jesper Fast: 10 goals, 12 assists in 59 games

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Read: Michael Kostka might be a late bloomer

After never putting up more than 21 points in any of his four years at UMass, Michael Kostka has put up at least 27 in every year he has been in the AHL, including a 16 goal and 39 point season with Rochester in 2010-11.

Kostka said in 2012, before playing 35 games with the Maple Leafs and making his NHL debut, that he felt he was getting better and some have called him a “late bloomer.”(TSN)

He said that he almost got a chance to play in the NHL in 2011-12 with the Panthers but was one of the final cuts. He said that the team told him he did a “great job” and outplayed some of their other defensemen but those players were on one-way contracts. Kostka was then traded to the Tampa organization where he won a Calder Cup in the AHL. (TSN)

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Read: Who Carl Hagelin is training with in Sweden

Carl HagelinCarl Hagelin is training in Sweden with a bunch of NHLers and an upcoming Swedish trainer who is generating interest in the Swedish Hockey League as well as the NHL. (Expressen)

Players that Hagelin is training with include Niklas Kronwall, Gabriel Landeskog, Johnny Oduya, Magnus Paajarvi, Patric Hornqvist and Jacob Josefson. (Expressen)