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Clock ticking on Moore; Hayes wants to work on faceoffs; Nothing new on Staal's contract

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Today's New York Rangers notes.

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Where did the hockey go? The Rangers last played Tuesday, and won't be back in action until Saturday night when the travel to Montreal for a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Final. So the mini break the Rangers are currently in will soon be over. Until then, here are your Friday notes.

John Moore is young, and there are expectations he'll take a step forward this season. In a contract year, and with youngster Brady Skjei in the wings, the clock is ticking on Moore. [Blueshirt Banter]

Martin St. Louis is scoring goals at a clip he's used to, but he's not down on himself. [NY Post]

Kevin Hayes knows he has to get better in the faceoff dot, and is up for the challenge. [Ranger Rants]

Carl Hagelin is really fast, only now we have actual science to prove it. [Blueshirt Banter]

The Rangers and Marc Staal are at a contract impasse, and neither side is doing the other any favors. [NY Post]

Rick Nash is among those off to a very hot start in the NHL. [ESPN]

Sure, the Rangers only play four games over the next two calendar weeks, but the team, not absent of injuries, is welcoming the rest. [Newsday]