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Stempniak signs; Kevin Hayes watch; Puck possession under Vigneault

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Today's New York Rangers notes.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Brace yourselves: This upcoming week may be the most active of the Rangers schedule for quite some time. With arbitration hearing dates set for Chris Kreider (Wednesday), Mats Zuccarello (Friday), and Derick Brassard a week from today, all three players could be signed to deals by Sunday. Here are your morning notes.

In another under-the-radar kind of move, the Rangers signed Lee Stempniak to a one-year deal. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [Daily News] [The Record]

Only two report cards to go beginning today, folks. Last Friday, we broke down Dan Girardi's season, which wasn't quite up to snuff come playoff time. [Blueshirt Banter]

On August 15, if Kevin Hayes has yet to sign a deal with the Blackhawks, the big forward prospect becomes a free agent. With the clock ticking, the Rangers are keeping tabs on the Boston College graduate. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post]

Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella are very different coaches. The Rangers new bench boss installed a system predicated on puck possession, which helped the Rangers in that area of the game. [Blueshirt Banter]

By adding depth players like Stempniak and Matthew Lombardi, Rangers management may not be sold on some of the younger players vying for roster spots, while Marc Staal's negotiations for an extension should be underway soon. [NY Post]

Cam Talbot has a new mask!