Brendan Lemieux
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New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux knows this a big year for him, and his actions off the ice show just that. 

Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and that is exactly the case for New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux who spoke for the first time since re-signing with the club.

Talking to USA Today’s Vince Mercogliano, Lemieux explained why it was so important for him to report to training camp this year instead of staging a lengthy holdout.

“We’re looking forward to a big year, and for me personally, you’re on a one-year deal, so you want to get in here as quick as possible so you’re not a step behind going into those first few games.”

You love to hear a young player with that kind of mindset. Lemieux seems to prioritize winning over his own individual goals. Instead of the big payday, he chose to work hard with his teammates and improve as a group and an individual.

Lemieux has the potential to be a big game-changer for the Blueshirts thanks to his gritty style and goal-scoring potential. New York has been looking for someone who can play the balancing act of being an enforcer while keeping up with the great skaters and finesse players in the game.

As the year moves on, the third-year winger could possibly move up and down the lineup, serving as a versatile player that fits the mold of what head coach David Quinn is looking for in a player. When he came to New York, his game (primarily his skating) was not all there (due to limited playing time) and the Rangers seem excited about what he could be moving forward.

In just a short time, Brendan Lemieux has become a fan favorite and a team-first mentality will go a long way in him staying one.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.