The Rangers veterans are getting their last respite before the start of training camp, staying off the ice today while the rookies and prospects intensify their preparation for Traverse City.
Of course, there’s rarely such thing as a complete day off in New York. Henrik Lundqvist, Markus Naslund, Scott Gomez, Wade Redden, and Chris Drury will be on hand at the Garden today to unveil plans for the team’s new fitness and locker room at the Garden. This will mark the first time that Naslund and Redden will be at the mercy of the Rangers’ formidable publicity machine. The team on whole deserves more credit than criticism given the genuine work the organization does for charities. But it’s also never been shy about gratuitous photo opportunities, and this would certainly be one of them.
In other news, Zipay chimes in with “some thoughts on Brendan Shanahan and Mats Sundin”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/ thanks to some insight from an agent. On the same front, I was told by an executive on another team that he still thought the Rangers were the front-runners for Sundin given Sundin’s stated interest in New York along with the added bonus of adding his countryman Naslund. But the same source also noted the difficulty the Rangers would have in making that move given their salary cap constraints.
I, too, suspect that the team will officially move on from Sundin and lock in Shanahan for another year.