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Today's New York Rangers notes.

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Another slow day for Rangers news yesterday, as it is expected that nothing major will happen between now and the draft, but we can keep our fingers crossed for now. So as I searched and searched for something new to bring everyone this morning, nothing on the internet suggested a Tanner Glass trade or a Pavel Buchnevich ELC signing, but I did find something sort of/kind of cool.

In an interview with what looks like a Norwegian sports broadcasting group, Mats Zuccarello discusses how he had to convince the Rangers front office to let him play in the World Cup this year.  The only thing about the article is that it is written entirely in Norwegian.

Now I can't give you my total word for it (because I'm not sure how accurate my translator was), but it sounds like the Rangers front office really wanted Zuc to sit this one out. Another thing that I struggled with was trying to find whether the reporter was speaking in the context of the World Championships that run during the Stanley Cup playoffs or the World Cup of Hockey in September.

If you are good with the Norwegian language, please help us clarify.

Also, if you have been keeping up with HockeyStatMiner's Reload, Retool, or Rebuild series, he recently released Part Three (Crunching the NYR Cap). [Part One] [Part Two]

Lastly, if you still have Dan Boyle's comments from breakup day fresh in your mind as some of us here do, Kevin Power breaks down what he believes the veteran defenseman was trying to do in the heat of the moment. [Blueshirt Banter]