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New York Rangers center Tim Taylor had his appendix removed Sunday, the team's first day of skating during training camp at the University of Vermont.

Taylor, who signed a four-year, $5.8 million contract with the Rangers in July, complained of pain in his side Sunday and the team took him to a local hospital, a Rangers spokesman said.

Taylor, 30, underwent successful surgery to remove the appendix, and was to remain in the hospital overnight. Taylor, who is listed as day-to-day, will be re-evaluated today.

In other NHL news:

All-star center Keith Primeau was a no-show Sunday as the Carolina Hurricanes boarded a plane for training camp in Fort Myers, Fla. Carolina has offered Primeau, a restricted free agent, about $4 million a season -- double his 1998-99 salary. Primeau and agent Don Reynolds are asking for at least $5 million a season.

The Phoenix Coyotes signed free-agent goaltender Bob Essensa to a one-year contract. The 33-year-old Essensa was 12-14-6 with a 2.75 goals against average in 39 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season.

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