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Monday Practice Report: Nash Still Out, Hagelin Gets Closer

by Jim Cerny / New York Rangers

After spending 21 of the previous 25 days on the road, dating back to the pre-season, the Rangers practiced at the MSG Training Center Monday afternoon for more than an hour. However star forward Rick Nash once again did not practice with his teammates due to the lingering affects of the head shot he received last Tuesday in San Jose.

"He's still feeling symptoms, so until I hear otherwise I don't expect him back," head coach Alain Vigneault said following practice in regards to Nash, who was at the practice facility but unavailable to the media.

The return to New York following the long road trip to Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, and St. Louis meant that the team was reunited with another injured forward, Carl Hagelin. The third-year pro, who currently is on the Long Term Injured Reserve list following off-season shoulder surger, has been working out on his own the past two weeks. However on Monday Hagelin was able to practice with his teammates, taking part in most drills though he is still sporting a yellow non-contact jersey.

After practice Hagelin was upbeat about his progress and happy to be around the team again.

"It;s definitely going to the right way," stated Hagelin on Monday. "I'm just waiting for the doc to clear me."

Vigneault told reporters that the coaches and front office management were planning to meet Monday afternoon about possible player moves. The head coach made it clear he is looking to add more offense to the Rangers lineup, what with the current status of both Nash and Hagelin.

"With both Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin not being here we want to probably bring in a little bit more skill on our team," explained Vigneault. "Those are the things we are going to discuss."

Vigneault would not speculate as to what moves could be made to improve the Rangers current skill level, but youngsters J.T. Miller (four goals in three games), Chris Kreider (two goals in four games), and Danny Kristo (two goals in four games) are all off to strong starts with the Hartford Wolf Pack.

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