From training camp


Training camp and no pucks. That’s what the Rangers are doing today, and probably tomorrow. Just skating, four groups in short sessions. There are these radar things on the blue lines, I’m guessing, to measure skating speed during the drills. 

No pucks make it nice and quiet.

Mark Messier is sitting up above the ice, with Glen Sather and Jim Schoenfeld. John Tortorella is on the ice for each session.

Third of four groups just hitting the ice now, a group that includes some of your faves: Redden, Drury, Boogaard, along with Callahan and Prospal.

Just a quick thought on names: There’s a guy named Garlock. There was a guy named Shinnimin on the prospects team in Traverse Cty. And there’s a guy named Manning, who clearly is not involved in Manning Bowl II this weekend.

Spoke a while ago with Michael Del Zotto, who is all healed up from that freak injury last year, and from a sinus/nasal procedure he had recently. He’s put on five pounds of muscle working out with Gary Roberts over the summer, who trained with Steve Stamkos last season.

“He ended up putting up 51 goals, so I’d be lucky to get half of that this year,” he laughed.

“It’s the strongest I’ve ever felt, so I’m excited for this year. That’s one thing I learned from last year. You’re not playing against kids anymore. You’re playing against men, so it was a big summer for me. … I feel leaner and stronger. … this is the best shape I’ve ever been in.”

“I feel more comfortable (this year). It’s a completely different scene than last year, where I came in and didn’t really know anybody. I’m really a quiet guy so I didn’t say much. Now it’s good coming in and seeing familiar faces and catching up with guys. I’m excited to get the season going again.”

“I still think to this day how one play could have changed the whole year. Hopefully that’s motivation for the whole team going into this season.”

“We were one point out, right? So that basically comes down to one play. The one thing I always think about is the power play, and how maybe a little more consistency could have gotten us into the playoffs. That’s motivation for me to keep it consistent through this whole season, because really that is my job.”

“I just want to help the team get to the playoffs. That’s pretty much the only goal I have. I try not to set expectations for myself as far as points or goals or that kind of stuff. Whatever I can do to help the team make the playoffs, that’s what I’m going to do.

“Everyone talks about the sophomore slump. … I don’t want to be one of those guys who falls into that sophomore slump. So I’m coming in ready to learn some more. I’ve got one year under the belt, but there’s still tons more to learn. I just want to get better and better.”

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  1. Word is that the story about Pat Burns might be inaccurate or premature. That’s awful.

    i’m going to stick around here to see what Redden has to say, then I’m out.

  2. Sorry Tony, nothing personal :) and I as well love the attitude of not just mdz but a lot of these kids.

    Out with the old and in with the new I say!!!

  3. I gotta believe most of the younger kids are gonna get sent to hartford to start the season but if I had to put the best line up together right now Id say it would look something like this.



    The rest of the overpaid under productive scrubs traded, waived or demoted. Thats my take.

  4. Just curious on everyone’s lines why does prospal keep getting sent to 2nd line winger?

    Can’t he play center?

    I am genuinely asking?

    If he can is Christensen that much better?


  5. In my opinion hes best served as a wing or replacement center if someone goes down. Christensen is best up the middle, Anismov owns the second line pivot right now and I would pencil in Drury as the third line center. That leaves fourth line duty and Prospal is to valuable as a scorer for that.

  6. Good grief: from the Toronto Sun.

    MONTREAL -– Former NHL coach Pat Burns has taken a turn for the worse, according to news reports.

    By Friday, conflicting news reports stated that he had died. His son Jason, however cleared up the rumours when he told an Ottawa radio station that he was still alive.

    The 58-year-old Montreal native has been fighting a battle with terminal lung cancer for a number of years. That battle, it appears, could end in the next few days.

    Burns, who spends most of his time in Florida, has apparently returned to his home in the Quebec town of Magog and is surrounded by family.

  7. this is a very interesting training camp b/c there are so many possible ways this roster can turnout. The Rangers are really hoping Stepan can play his way onto a top line b/c that simplifies everything but I’d be really surprised if that happens. so lets assume he, Grachev, Wiese and Zuccarello are all in HFD to start.

    Tim Kennedy, to me, is an interesting player. I dont know really anything about him but he was the 8th leading scorer on a playoff team but was then bought out. I’m assuming he’s terrible in his own end then?

    This is what i expect:

    Dubinsky, Prospal, Gaborik, Avery, Frolov, Anisimov, Drury, Callahan are locks to be top 9 players. That leaves 1 spot open. It could be White/Christensen/Kennedy/Stepan as centers or it could be Prust/Zuccarello/Wiese.

    Then you have the 4th liners. Boogaard and Prust are locks with guys like Boyle/Byers/Dupont and guys like Christensen/Kennedy/White who didnt make the top 9 maybe getting placed there.

    The defense is pretty straight forward. Redden is gone (unless Redden severely blows away Rozsival) with Gilroy, McDonagh, Exelby, Semenov and Eminger competing for the 6th and 7th d-man (obviously McDonagh or Gilroy wont be the 7th)

    basically everything revolves around Stepan. If he is that good right away, then everything falls into place. If not, then someone else needs to step it to round out the top 9.

    My prediction is one of the fringe players/prospects has a great camp and cements themselves in the lineup. If its a center, Prospal moves to 3rd line RW, if its a winger then Prospal centers top line.

  8. Seems like a lot of negativity towards the season – not just here but in general. 35/1 to win the cup according to latest odds. Just see the talent as being better than that, and we’ve got the King….

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