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Staal negotiations progressing; Buchnevich tallies two; How Kevin Hayes landed in New York

Today's New York Rangers notes.

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Happy hump day, folks. Actually have quite a bit of good links for you this morning, while the only thing not covered in notes is the Rangers final Traverse City game. New York dropped its Tuesday contest against the Wild 6-3, while I don't want to get too much into it, because I'll have more thoughts and highlights from that contest and on all their games in a few hours. Until then, your morning notes.

Marc Staal and his agent are continuing to try to strike an extension with the Rangers sooner rather than later. Those talks are going in the right direction, it would seem. [NY Post] One note on this piece. Larry Brooks categorized where these talks stood as having a "substantial gulf" between them. It's tough to opine without having knowledge of the negotiations myself, but if the Rangers and Staal are really $500,000 apart on the money, and one year on the term that would seem to be a bit closer, no?

Pavel Buchnevich is still tearing up the KHL. If you missed it, his latest exploits from Tuesday. [Blueshirt Banter]

A few camp and season previews, in which one important question is asked: How will the Rangers respond to a very short offseason? [NY Post] [Daily News]

How did Kevin Hayes end up in New York? Give the assists on the score to Chris Kreider and Brian Boyle. [The Hockey News]

Another one on J.T. Miller, who's out to prove he knows what it takes to be a professional this year. [NY Post]

And another piece on Henrik Lundqvist, who's eager to get back to work, and get right back to where the team was last season. [The Record]

Whose stock is higher, and who fell off in the Eastern Conference this offseason? Let's explore. [ESPN]