As I mentioned yesterday, the Rangers only had two short practices today before heading to Old Oaks Country Club for their annual golf tournament.
Tomorrow is a far more important day since the team will have its annual Blue and White game, with the roster expected to be trimmed down afterward.
The team isn’t saying how many players will be cut tomorrow, but my guess is it will be around a dozen or so. Although Tom Renney said he wanted to have fewer players in camp than last year — when they essentially fielded two different teams for exhibition games — the team does have an odd pre-season schedule this year, with the six games coming in three back-to-back waves.
Since I’m assuming the coach doesn’t want to wear down too many players by having them play on consecutive nights, chances are he’ll err on the side of keeping more prospects around than less.
This is at least how I would run the team. Of course if I ran the team, I’d also put Jagr at defense and Malik in net. Hey, it’d at least be worth a laugh.
Meanwhile, in a related note, I’m working on a story for tomorrow about the experience of prospects in training camp, and specifically the importance of them making an impression in these first couple of days. The best example is Ryan Callahan, who last year had a miserable camp and was sent down to Hartford before the start of the pre-season. You wonder if there’s another example like that this year.