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Brassard signs for five years; McDonagh ready for captaincy; The need for Nash

Today's New York Rangers notes.

Kevork Djansezian

And now, we can officially say, the dog days of summer are upon us. It won't last all too long; training camp and the Traverse City tournament aren't that far in the future, but things will slow down for a bit in the meantime. With that said, here are your morning notes.

The Rangers managed to avoid all three of their scheduled arbitration hearings, wrapping up a signing spree by re-upping Derick Brassard for five years. [Blueshirt Banter] [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [Ranger Rants]

With Ryan Callahan gone, the Rangers will need a new captain this season. It should be Ryan McDonagh. [Blueshirt Banter]

He's become quite the polarizing figure among Rangers fans, but if you're the team, you need Rick Nash. [Blueshirt Banter]

Dominic Moore's annual charity event was a major success. Other professional athletes should follow suit when it comes to making themselves accessible, writes Pat Leonard. [Daily News]