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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Rangers set opening-day roster

By Katie Strang

The Rangers have whittled their number to 24 with a final round of cuts that pares the club down to its opening-day roster.

Among the notable names cut were Chris Kreider, Marek Hrivik, Stu Bickel, Oscar Lindberg and Darroll Powe, all of whom have been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. Also assigned to Hartford: defenseman Conor Allen and forward Brandon Mashinter.

That means a few newcomers -- Swedish winger Jesper Fast and defenseman Justin Falk -- earned spots with the club after impressing Alain Vigneault and his staff during training camp. Remember, though, that both Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are expected to miss the first few weeks of the season as they rehab shoulder injuries.

Here is your final opening-day roster:

Forwards (15): Arron Asham, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Ryan Callahan, Derek Dorsett, Jesper Fast, Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello.

Defensemen (7): Michael Del Zotto, Justin Falk, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, John Moore, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman

Goaltenders (2): Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist

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In other Rangers news, recently-signed restricted free agent Derek Stepan is slated to skate with the team Sunday for the first time since inking a two-year, $6.15 million deal on Thursday.