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Deal For NHL To Open '11-12 Season In Russia Appears To Be Dead
Published March 24, 2011
OPENING IN SWEDEN? In N.Y., Jesse Spector reports Stockholm, Sweden, "appears almost certain to be where the Rangers will begin the 2011-12 campaign." Even as a deal between the NHL and KHL for a Rangers-Capitals opener in Moscow or St. Petersburg appeared close last month, a source said Sweden was "still in play." The Rangers "have to start the season away from home because of the renovations" at MSG. Sweden is a "good fit for the Rangers not only because" it is the home nation of G Henrik Lundqvist, but because of the "popularity there of Norwegian winger Mats Zuccarello, who was voted MVP of the Swedish Elite League" last season (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/24).