Some early stuff from camp (updated)

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First the news. Marian Gaborik is not on the ice. He attended the funeral service for his friend Pavol Demitra yesterday. Wade Redden is not here; he was assigned to attend Connecticut’s training camp right from the start. And Michael Sauer did not skate today with a tweaked knee.

UPDATE: Just spoke with John Tortorella. I missed earlier that Artem Anisimov didn’t skate. He also has a knee issue and is going for an MRI today. Tortorella said that Sauer’s injury is tendinitis in the knee and also groin-related, but that he doesn’t believe it’s serious. Tortorella expects Gaborik back today and promised that he will get his full testing done … in other words, no free pass.

Tortorella expects to bring 30-35 guys to Europe for the exhibition games. I hope to have more later on, including a Torts transcript, but am having some car and laptop battery woes at the moment.

Here are some early quotes. Will have more later as time (and my battery) permits.

Derek Stepan:

“I came to the conclusion that coming in with the same mentality as last year is the best way to go about it. I think that’s something that a lot of guys do.

“I definitely feel more comfortable. That test doesn’t get more comfortable. But I’m definitely more comfortable with the atmosphere, everything that goes on here and  how everything’s run. But it doesn’t make it any easier.”

“I’m just going to come in with the same mindset as last year. I want to come out and compete hard. I want to earn a job on this team.

“We have a good roster. You lool at the guys that are here. We have really good depth and everyone’s going to be competing for a spot. The organization can go so many different ways with the number of guys we have here. So I’m competing for a spot, and so is everyone else?”

Center or wing:

“That’s a good question. I’m just here to compete for a job, I guess. I was comfortable on the wing last year and I know if that’s where I’ve got to be, I can end up there. Obviously I’ll start whereever they start me, and that’s where I’ll play.”

Mike Rupp:

“Well, I made it (through the testing). It feels good to have it over with. I’ve heard things about it far before I signed a contract with New York. I played with guys who’ve experienced it and it lived up to expectations. It was difficult,”

“It’s a way that, you know guys are going to be coming in and they’re going to be accountable, what they do with themselves in the summer, and it’s a great way to start the year with everybody in shape. And I think this is a good indicator that guys have been training hard.”

“We’re excited to get going. We’re extited to kind of just get past this testing thing and get going as a hockey team. We’ve got a lot of things coming up that can really bring us together with our trip overseas and beginning the season on the road out West, too. A lot of (the buzz) we try to keep on the outside and just play hockey and be there for one another.”

“You just need to not get caught up in it. If you start the season real well and you’re sitting pretty after 10-15 games, there’s a lot of bad things that can happen after that because you get a little complacency. That’s something that’s been addressed as far as a lot of distractions that could be, and we need to make sure we’re on the same page and not let that get in the way.”

“I think it’s good. I think the league has shown quite a bit of responsibility, protecting the players. Being a player, it’s something you want. You want them to look at all the angles and I feel like they’re doing that.”

On wearing No. 71:  “I heard there was a guy wearing 17 and I had to flip it.”

Ryan Callahan:

(any easier?)  “No, not really. It’s a hard test no matter how much you prepare for it, or how good a shape you’re in. It’s a tough test. You know coming in what to expect, I guess, in your second or third year, but the test doesn’t get easier.”

Is it the Captain’s  responsibility to not be doubled over?

“No, I don’t feel any more pressure. I go out there and try to put up the best times I can and try to do the best I can … and I think I was out there doubled over and panting, so … but I think everyone is.”

On Derek Boogaard: “Some guys have talked about it. Obviously it’s a big hole. To lose a teammate, there’s no other feeling like it. I think we all have each other’s backs and support each other and throughout the summer we’ve talked to each other quite a bit about it. We’re always going to remember him. He’s not forgotten at all.”

On the difficult early schedule:

“It’s going to be tough. It’s an obstacle that we’re prepared for and we have to overcome. We’ve talked about it a little bit. It’s a distraction only if we let it be, and everybody on the team knows that. It’s just a couple more road games. That’s all it is.”

Brandon Prust:

The testing: “It gets harder, I think. I felt way better last year because I didn’t know what to expect. Sometimes your nerves get the best of you out there.”

On the schedule: “We have a lot of things that could bring a team down, but I think it’s going to bring us closer together and I think it’s going to be good for us. Torts talked to us about it today — not having any excuses.”

On Callahan’s captaincy: “That’s great. Cally’s the heart and soul of our team and he’s our leader. The ‘C’ is on the right shirt.”

He talked quite a bit about the league taking a hard look at fighting after the summer deaths of tough guys Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak.

“You might be talking to the wrong guy. I’m pro-fighter. So, I believe it should be in our game. I don’t think anything should be changed. That’s what makes our game unique, is that we can have the ability to police our own game. Obviously the league steps in if something gets out of hand, if there’s a dirty hit. But if somebody’s going after Gabby or Hank or Richie, that’s my job to get in there and make sure they don’t do that because those are our important players.

“There’s 20,000 people on their feet every time there’s a fight. It’sa tough job, but it’s a job I chose and I love doing it and I love sticking up for my teammates, and I love knowing that my teammates know that I’ll be there for them.”

“There’s always a middle ground. Like I said, it is a tough job. I definitely get a little nervous if I know I’m going to be fighting. Sometimes you might lose a little sleep. But, like I said, that’s my job. I chose it and I embrace it and I like that rush. At the same time, the biggest sport in the world right now is UFC and nobody’s really stopping that.”

“It definitely opened (my eyes) … I’m not taking anything away from any of the tragedies that happened this summer. It was awful and I’m not taking anything away from that. I haven’t talked to many other tough guys around the league. It was definitely an eye-opener, but I don’t think it’s just the fighting that’s the cause. I know, for some of us, it’s almost a stress relief, the fighting. Everybody’s different.”

“(Boogaard) was a big presence. He was a big boy. He was well-liked in our dressing room and we all miss him. We’ve been talking about him. I definitely like him on my team. He’s a great teammate and we’re going to miss him.”

On league’s reaction: “I guess it’s natural with what’s happened. It has been an awful summer. But it’s definitely an eye-opener. I’ve obviously thought about it a lot and I don’t think we should change the game at all.”

“I’ll honor Derek every game. I’ve always thinking of Derek. He was my roommate for the first half of the season before he got hurt, and a good friend of mine. We’re going to miss him. I’m going to miss him especially.  I hope he’s out there with me every game.”

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  1. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    damn you carp damn you to hell!!

    Just kidding sir, I got carped

  2. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    tiki
    still working a ton, but will try to contribute (or detract) more!

    Orr
    congrats

  3. getting in my training as well….

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (owwww!!
    cramp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  4. Derek Stepan

    “We have a good roster. *You lool at the guys that are here* ”

    lool at the guys?? you dont just laugh out loud at them, you laugh outlandishly out loud??

  5. UPDATE: Just spoke with John Tortorella. I missed earlier that Artem Anisimov didn’t skate. He also has a knee issue and is going for an MRI today. Tortorella said that Sauer’s injury is tendinitis in the knee and also groin-related, but that he doesn’t believe it’s serious. Tortorella expects Gaborik back today and promised that he will get his full testing done … in other words, no free pass.

    Tortorella expects to bring 30-35 guys to Europe for the exhibition games. I hope to have more later on, including a Torts transcript, but am having some car and laptop battery woes at the moment.

  6. Good quotes. Esp Callahan and Prust on Boogard. But I have to harp on my concerns over Gaborik once again. A lot of mental stress to get through after he was already going to have his work cut out for him after last season. I just hope that he’s in shape and that we see/hear about some chemistry with him and Richards right from the get go

  7. If Wolski could get his #$% together, it would be huge. Hopefully Torts is right that Wolski took the year-end meeting to heart.

  8. Thanks Carp- I think we can all agree that the last thing we wanna hear about to start this season is injuries. We had enough of that carcillo last season.

  9. A lot of NYR prospects hidden in this game. No Kundratek though. They have some Asian hockey player that might not even actually play for the Whale, but they don’t have Kundratek. Lame!

    They have Kale Kerbashian in the game. That’s my guy! Future Captain, of something!

  10. imagine Wolski getting his head on straight and being a legit top line LW? Changes the dynamic for the better for sure.

  11. I don’t think the Heritage jerseys are replacing the Regular blue jerseys. Rotter is probably correct that they will wear them against original Six opponents, Sundays, and I would guess homes games that are on national television.

  12. mao...ahhh sooo!™ on

    UFC fighting is horrific…hopefully they will ban that garbage one day.

    Actually, would be nice if they ban the NBA too. I hoping the Knicks finish 20 games under .500 this year. I have a dream.

  13. I think they started off poorly a loss to Boston then the Habs but then got better. I know their first win in the heritage jerseys was the 7-0 win vs the Caps. They also had some big wins vs the Leafs and Habs, although as you recall Cally’s 4 goal game was when they decided to wear white.

  14. Sucks that Sauer Power and Artie Party are hurt. Hopefully, they both make speedy recoveries. We need those guys.

    I was expecting Artie to have a monster season this year. I hope I don’t have to curtail my expectations.

    Sauer had a bad history on being injury prone before joining the NYR full time. I hope this is nothing serious…groin injuries are usually stubborn….see: Gaborik, Marian.

    The bright side is that it may give a shot to someone else (perhaps a rookie) to make the team.

  15. Mister Delaware on

    Lots of news today, huh guys? According to Kevin Weekes “it” is “getting closer”. Wow!

  16. You’re right CT. That game should come with a panic button that immediately promotes your AHL team to NHL status and in the meantime sorts out trades for all of your players.

    Do they have Octopuses that people can throw on the ice?

  17. You’re on a roll. Keep doing it, you might own the company. Then you can change their policies on this matter immediately.

  18. “There needs to be a trade everybody mode in NHL 12”

    LOL! That would be hilarious.

    Click “X” if you are sure you want to trade everybody

    Click “O” if you really thought this through

    ***

    Or

    Click “X” if you are sure you want to trade everybody
    Click “O” if you really thought this through
    Click “?” if you’re a Rangers fan (this automatically trades all your draft picks and prospects but holds onto all your high priced signings)

  19. It’s supposed to a triangle copied from MS Word. Guess it gets translated to something different via html?

  20. Ah. I actually thought the “?” was funny. Like you don’t know what you’re doing. Just roll with it

  21. i fought Lucic with Lungtwist and won!

    online vs. play is somewhat hard so far i’m 6-7

    didn’t get to GM mode yet. ORR, Grabby and whoever else has PS3, we should create a team and go on a rampage!

  22. I wonder if our games against the teams in Sweden prior to the regular season opener will be televised.

  23. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    orr
    who had the giveaways?

    cccp
    no, pro or all star, cant remember

  24. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    orr
    hilarious!! he’s on my 4th line, boyle is LW on 1st and dubi is LW on 3rd!

  25. That’s what I did, Wick.

    I just created myself and put me on the Blues, and started Be A GM with them. Dubinsky was being greedy, so I don’t know if he re-signed with NYR. LOL!

    I love how I drafted seven players, and none of them accepted their contracts. Haha! This game is still fake.

  26. For the folks who are miffed about being Carped…get over it.
    You haven’t lived til you’ve been Carped. (Happens to me all the time );;;Keep one thing in mind: You;re involved with perhaps the finest sports blog in history,

    This is a blog that welcomes all comers as long as they abide by the ground rules….(you all should know what they are by now.)

    Everyone has an opportunity to vent…but no one demands the right to be heard.

    You write your piece and if it is acceptable, you are presented…if not …you’re not. Tough. Get over it. It’s a bit like the law of the jungle…you know when to hold em and you know when you (should have) folded them. And as Scarlet said, “tomorrow…is….another day”

    But you have had your say.

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