The Rangers practiced today in Greenburgh, in preparation for back-to-back games this weekend. It was pretty intense, a lot of sprinting and pushups, with some line work at the end. That kind of workout seems to be assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld’s specialty.
Coach John Tortorella said having three days between the win in Montreal and Buffalo gives the team some time to work on film and continue getting into his “system,” which is I believe coach-speak for doing some kind of Vulcan-mind meld. It’s definitely code.
Paul Mara said he has gotten a lot of feedback from people about the tempo of the games before the change in coaches. “It’s funny… there are some descriptions of it being pretty boring.” Mara said the team can feel the difference and it extends off the ice. He is very diplomatic, in his own words click below.
The lines: Naslund-Drury-Antropov; Avery-Gomez-Zherdev, Sjostom-Dubinsky-Callahan, Korpikoski-Betts-Orr. Defensive pairings Morris-Redden, Mara-Rozsival, Girardi-Staal.
The win in Montreal seems to have energized the Rangers and, although Torts wouldn’t cop to looking beyond Saturday’s game, a few of the players said it was good to have those two points in hand with three home games coming up.
Carp is on his way to beautiful Troy, NY. He will be checking in from time to time, but I will be taking you through practice tomorrow and the weekend games.
Don’t know what this means, if anything other than the Hartford Wolfpack has a new player, but the Rangers just signed an undrafted free agent:
Here’s the official release:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD PAUL CROWDER
New York, March 19, 2009 — New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Paul Crowder.
Crowder, 24, skated in 35 games with the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) this season, registering 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. He established career highs in goals (14), assists (19), points (33), and penalty minutes (44). Crowder led the team in assists, points and shorthanded goals (two), tied for second on the club in goals and finished fourth in penalty minutes. In addition, the Victoria, British Columbia native tied for first on the Seawolves with six power play goals, two game-winning goals and a plus-11 rating.
The 6-3, 202-pounder has skated in 107 career WCHA games with the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, recording 32 goals and 48 assists for 80 points, along with 80 penalty minutes. In 2006-07, he tied for the team lead in goals (11), ranked second in points (24) and tied for third in assists (13) as a first-year player. Prior to attending the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Crowder appeared in 119 British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) contests over three seasons with the Powell River Kings, Coquitlam Express and Burnaby Express, registering 36 goals and 83 assists for 119 points, along with 122 penalty minutes. He established BCHL career highs in games played (58), goals (19), assists (39), points (58), and penalty minutes (57) while skating with the Kings during the 2003-04 season. Crowder also recorded one goal and three assists for four points, along with two penalty minutes in seven BCHL playoff contests with Powell River in 2003-04.