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February 28, 2016 | 9:29am ET
Rangers players focused on game, not deadline

New York Rangers GM Jeff Gordon and his staff are exploring ways to bolster their club's roster before Monday's 3pm ET trade deadline.

As the team engages in various trade discussions with other teams, the team's core players are trying to focus on their next game.

"You hear things, with the media and rumors, but you just have to go day-by-day," defenseman Dan Girardi told the New York Post. "It's tough, but just have to let them worry about that, and we'll take care of the on-ice stuff. Whatever happens -- if we get any new guys, lose some guys -- we're just going to keep on battling, keep trying to climb the standings."

The Rangers have expressed interest in Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, and those talks are expected to continue Sunday.

One player who is not expected to be moved is defenseman Keith Yandle, who is in the final year of his contract.

During Saturday night's "Headlines" segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman indicated that the Rangers are not planning on trading Yandle, which is clearly fine by him.

"The confidence of this team, I haven't seen anything like it before," Yandle told the New York Daily News. "When we're down a goal in the third, we know we can win, probably because we've been able to do it before. But there's a calmness about our team. We know if we're down that we can come back. It's fun to be a part of a team where you're never out of it."

As the Daily News pointed out, the Gordon is exploring the marketplace and "is busy at the moment."

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