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Today's New York Rangers notes.

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Happy Thursday folks. Beginning tomorrow night, the Rangers will play the first of a back-to-back that will wrap up their preseason schedule. In short, the regular season is right around the corner. And now, your morning notes.

On Wednesday, the Rangers cut nine more players (fewer than many expected them to), trimming the roster down to 34 with the regular season on the horizon. [Blueshirt Banter] [Ranger Rants] [Newsday]

And with the roster getting tinkered with, the Rangers are attempting to move a contract to free up space for Anthony Duclair, should they decide to keep him in New York. [Blueshirt Banter]

In our next season preview, we take a look at the Rangers defensemen, who will be asked again to get more involved offensively under Alain Vigneault. [Blueshirt Banter]

Martin St. Louis got some looks paying center during practice on Wednesday and Vigneault said St. Louis will get a shot in one of the Rangers two remaining games down the middle, while Ryan Malone resumed skating on Wednesday with his hip flexor healthy. [Newsday]

But meanwhile, the Rangers are waiting for one of a group of center options to distinguish themselves and run with the job, while no one has yet. [NY Post]

More player evaluations from Rangers-Flyers preseason round two, from the Tuesday night tilt in Philadelphia. [Blueshirt Banter]