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Defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy agreed to new contracts with the New York Rangers as a week-long training camp gets under way ahead of the start of a 48-game shortened National Hockey League season.

Restricted free agent Del Zotto, 22, had a career-high 10 goals and 41 points with the Rangers in 2011-12. Gilroy returns to New York after spending 2011-12 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators. North Bellmore, New York, native Gilroy won the 2009 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.

Contract terms weren’t disclosed by the Rangers in a statement on their website today. Del Zotto signed a two-year deal worth $2.5 million, ESPN reported, while Gilroy penned a one-year accord.

The NHL season will begin in six days after players ratified a labor accord to end a 117-day lockout. The 30 teams will play an average of 3.5 games each week leading up to the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs on April 30.

The Rangers begin their season Jan. 19 at the Boston Bruins, with their home opener the following day against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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