The Rangers had a memo taped to the bulletin board here about what they should wear today and tomorrow at West Point. Every player may have seen it, but not every player necessarily understood it.
So there was Rangers coach Tom Renney standing in front of the board with 19-year-old Russian Artem Anisimov, who presumably speaks as much English as I speak Russian. Renney pointed to the board, started acting out slowly what it meant, then asked Anisimov if he understood.
The Russian nodded blankly. Here’s hoping he doesn’t show up in a tuxedo.
Meanwhile, some notes from today’s double session, with half the players skating in one practice, and the other half skating in the other (As I write this, a third wave of the recently released Hartford players is on the ice):
Afterward Renney was asked if he relished having so many options at his disposal up front, this just a year after having the likes of Jason Ward and Adam Hall to work with). The coach went out of his way to say it was early and that he didn’t want to get ahead of himself. Of course, he was smiling and sitting forward in his chair when he said it.
Something to keep in mind as the preseason unfolds….