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]