Our 30-minute session with Tom Renney this morning touched on everything from the prospects successful trip to Traverse City (they won the tournament); the glut of veteran defenseman in camp (yes, the coach said, but it beats the alternative); who might be the back-up goalie (it’s wide open…sort of); and whether the rival Devils will suffer from opening their season with nine straight games on the road (they will probably turn it into a positive).
Tomorrow we’re going to touch on global warming and break down the Emmy nominations.
Welcome to training camp, where the slate is clean, and pretty much every topic is fair game.
Renney was already in mid-season form, equal parts honest and circumspect. No, he wasn’t going to tell you his line combinations, but yes, he did have some in mind. Yes, he hopes the Rangers are still playing hockey in mid-June, but as long as it’s line with the team’s long-term mission. Like I said, everything is fair game at this time of year. Of course, almost everything is also pure speculation.
As far as what passes for news:
Asked about the implications his roster decisions might have on the salary cap, though, Renney conceded it was a consideration.
In my view, Staal and the overall defensive situation will be one of the biggest stories out of training camp.
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Plenty more to discuss, but my fingers are tired and I dressed poorly for a press room that is directly adjacent to an ice rink. I’ll check in later.
Meanwhile, a quick advisory on tomorrow: Unfortunately the Rangers open camp on Rosh Hashana, and while hardly a perfect Jew, I will be taking the day off. The esteemed Rick Carpiniello will be covering in my place, and I’ll try to get him to feed me some updates to post.