Hi, I’m your new right wing….

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…and you are?

Someone had asked what the overall atmosphere has been like at camp, ever-mindful that the team’s karma might have been disrupted by the frenetic off-season.

The short answer is it might be too early to tell. I say that because this has been a particularly fast-paced camp: three days of practices, one Blue and White scrimmage, then suddenly it’s time for an exhibition game. If you’re looking for new teammates to start tattooing each other’s names on their arms, I’d say give it a few more weeks.

Beyond that, though, there has been the format. For the first three days players had been divided into three teams, with those teams practicing and working out at different times. The result is that the likes of, say, Brendan Shanahan (white team), might not have had much time to get to know Adam Hall (blue). Or that Jaromir Jagr (red team), who has been working out mostly on his own, has had minimal time to get on the same page as new teammate Matt Cullen (white team).

Is this a problem? Are the Rangers doomed? No, silly. It’s Sept. 18. There are still seven pre-season games, including one trip this weekend to Puerto Rico, followed by a three-day bonding-heavy mini-camp in Lake George. By the time the Rangers open at the Garden on Oct. 5, they’ll all be locking arms and singing Peter, Paul, and Mary together.

Or at the very least, they’ll all know each other’s names. That helps, too…

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By the way, here’s the official release from the Rangers regarding today’s roster moves.

PLAYERS RELEASED ON 9/18/06:
Forward: Ivan Novoseltsev (Moscow Spartak, RUS)

PLAYERS REASSIGNED ON 9/18/06:
Defense: Bob Sanguinetti (Owen Sound, OHL)
Forwards: Marc-Andre Cliche (Lewiston, QMJHL), Brodie Dupont (Calgary, WHL), David Kveton (Gatineau, QMJHL), Tommy Pyatt (Saginaw, OHL) and Ryan Russell (Kootenay, WHL)

PLAYERS STILL IN NEW YORK RANGERS TRAINING CAMP:
Goal: Chris Holt, Henrik Lundqvist, Al Montoya, Stephen Valiquette, Kevin Weekes and Alex Westlund
Defense: Ivan Baranka, Ryan Constant, Marvin Degon, Mike Gabinet, Daniel Girardi, Darius Kasparaitis, Bryce Lampman, Marek Malik, Thomas Pock, Corey Potter, Dale Purinton, Karel Rachunek, Martin Richter, Michal Rozsival, Marc Staal, Jake Taylor, Fedor Tyutin and Aaron Ward
Forwards: Zdenek Bahensky, Blair Betts, Dane Byers, Ryan Callahan, Matt Cullen, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky, Lee Falardeau, Bruce Graham, Adam Hall, Dwight Helminen, Mike Hoffman, Ryan Hollweg, Marcel Hossa, Jarkko Immonen, Jaromir Jagr, Hugh Jessiman, Lauri Korpikoski, Rick Kozak, Francis Lessard, Greg Moore, Michal Nylander, Colton Orr, Jakub Petruzalek, Petr Prucha, Brendan Shanahan, Martin Straka, Jason Ward and Craig Weller

PLAYERS CURRENTLY INJURED:
Forward: Jed Ortmeyer
Defense: David Liffiton, Sandis Ozolinsh and Hannu Pikkarainen

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