The Rangers practiced in their new tighter-fitting jerseys for first time today, and the reactions ranged from strongly in favor to strongly against to largely indifferent.
“I love it,” Chris Drury said. “I wish they did it 10 years ago. A guy my size there’s usually so much excess jersey, this fits much better. Now you ask a guy whose 6-foot-4, he might feel differently. But I love it.”
Enter Colton Orr.
“It’s just different,” the forward said. “It’s just takes some getting used to. I don’t think they should have made it as tight, that’s the one thing.”
Indeed, one of the concerns among players who have been known to engage in the occasional scrap is they now have nothing to grab onto — especially if the jersey rips.
Enter Jaromir Jagr.
“I practice all summer to be a good fighter and now they have this new jersey,” the Captain said with a smile. “Actually, it’s good for me because I’m like Muhammad Ali. I don’t hold. I dance.”
Both Brendan Shanahan and Sean Avery stole a look in the mirror as they walked onto the ice, and didn’t love what they saw.
“If people had heard I didn’t wear shoulder pads beforehand, now they know I don’t,” Shanahan said.
Said Avery: “Man, I look tiny.”
Good news for the Rangers is their most important player offered a thumbs up.
“I like it. It’s easier to move,” Henrik Lundqvist said. “Especially in practice, it’s not as wet.”
Some other notes:
More in a bit….