Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers Hoping to Build on Success

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers Hoping to Build on Success

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The motto for last year's training camp - the first for the Rangers under coach Alain Vigneault - was "Clean slate ... Grab it." This year's team-issued T-shirts could read, "Build, but don't dwell, on the past."

The Rangers report for camp today and will go through their first on-ice sessions Friday coming off their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1994.

But while there remains a strong core from the defending Eastern Conference champions, who lost to the Kings in five games, there are significant subtractions and new players to integrate.

Gone are the bought-out Brad Richards (Blackhawks), free agents Brian Boyle and defenseman Anton Stralman (Lightning) and the traded Derek Dorsett (Canucks).

The key additions include former All-Star defenseman Dan Boyle and veteran depth forwards Lee Stempniak, Tanner Glass, Matthew Lombardi and Ryan Malone.

"We definitely had a very memorable run," said defenseman Ryan McDonagh, expected to be named the franchise's 27th captain sometime between the start of camp and the Oct. 9 season-opener in St. Louis. "Obviously, it ended tough but, at the end of the day, you look at the positives.

"A lot of those same guys are back, too, and that's encouraging," McDonagh said. "As far as adjusting to a new coaching staff, we won't have to deal with that this year. We should be real confident the role [Vigneault] expects from each one of us now and what we can do when we really play to our strengths, how far we can go."

In addition to continuity behind the bench - Darryl Williams replacing Dan Lacroix as the Rangers' eye in the sky being the only coaching change - this year's training camp should be smoother because it's finally a normal preseason schedule.

Monday's preseason opener against the Devils will mark the Rangers' first home exhibition game since 2011 because of since- completed renovations at Madison Square Garden and the lockout- shortened 2013 season. …

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