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KalPa confirmed @derekstepan21 signing. Arrives tomorrow. Turns out they ended up upgrading from Craig "1 PPG" Smith. bit.ly/SV7qkP
— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) November 11, 2012
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In a sign that the NHL lockout is ending soon, Derek Stepan signs with Kalpa of Finland. Oh wait, that signals the complete opposite. Welp.
i — Adam Herman (@Herman_NYRBlog) November 11, 2012
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Another Ranger is heading overseas. This time around, it’s Derek Stepan, who will be heading to Finland to play with Kalpa Kuopio of SM-Liga.
Off to play in Finland! #kalpa
Notable NHLers on Kalpa are Sami Kapanen and Craig Smith (Nashville).
Last night, Christian Thomas began showing why the Rangers selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft. Thomas wasn’t exactly a slouch on the score sheet prior to last night, with five points (2-3-5) in the first ten games, but last night Thomas added two goals and led the Whale to a 6-2 victory over Worcester. Both of Thomas’ goals came on the powerplay.
In an interview with Finnish media, it's pretty obvious Derek Stepan, who's never been to Finland before, knows nothing about his new team KalPa or how he was setup up with the club...
"I don't really know how it got hooked up. But someone through my agent, contacted him and we took off from there. Once they were interested, I was interested knowing what kind...
It’s always very interesting to see how previous draft picks and trades pave the way for a big name player to be acquired. We looked into how Brandon Dubinsky became a Ranger, how Marc Staal became a Ranger, and how Tim Erixon wound up with the Rangers organization. Now, we look at a few of those deals, and how they all led to the Rangers acquiring Rick Nash. It’s interesting...
Alex Nunn at Pro Hockey News reports that Carl Hagelin returned to New York to recab his injured shoulder and is likely to miss the entire month of November for Södertälje.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post adds that Hagelin does not need surgery on the shoulder. Per rules of the NHL lockout is is not allowed to rehab with Rangers trainers.
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