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McDonagh speaks about captaincy; The Rangers sticking with homegrown; Mueller assigned to Hartford

Today's New York Rangers notes.

Harry How

It's the time of the season, and as of Wednesday, October 8, it's officially official: hockey is back. There are four games tonight that will kick of the 2014-15 NHL schedule, with the Rangers, like many across the league, getting their season underway Thursday night. It's so close folks, I'm sure you can almost taste it. And now, you're morning notes.

With the Rangers opening day roster solidified, the team stayed the course and continued to use homegrown, product-of-the-system players. [Blueshirt Banter]

On Tuesday, the Rangers made their last move to officially get the roster set, assigning Chris Mueller to Hartford. [Ranger Rants] [Newsday]

He's beginning the year in Hartford, and he was one of the last cuts from the Rangers training camp. Wherever he plays the majority of his games this season, it's clear that Dylan McIlrath needs to have a big year. [Blueshirt Banter]

The Rangers announced Ryan McDonagh as the team captain Monday night at 8:30 p.m. at a team-only dinner. So on Tuesday, the media finally got a crack at McDonagh, who says he's honored and humbled to wear the 'C.' [NY Post] [Ranger Rants] [Daily News] [Newsday]

How about a season preview? And how about Larry Brooks going all-in on the 2014-15 Rangers? [NY Post]

And another more generic, league-wide preview. [NY Post]