At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes about what some of the big moments of the season could have been like had it not been for the lockout.
For opening night in LA, Friedman writes about how LA would celebrate being the Stanley Cup champions and adds:
[sny-box color=E6F1FF]The crowd goes absolutely berserk, and the banner is raised. When the lights come back on, it's noticed that night's visitors, the Rangers, came out to watch the ceremony. "I wanted them to see what it's like," John Tortorella says. [/sny-box]
The Rangers opened up the 2009-10 season against the defending Champion Penguins and John Tortorella had every intention of having the Rangers watch the ceremony from the bench but said that it went long and that the Penguins seem to want them out of the way.
At the time, Tortorella said "I think it’s good. I’ve been on the end of these, a couple the other way, and I’ve been on one the right way, and I think it’s a great thing, especially for some of the youth on our team. I think it’s good for them to see it, as far as a culmination thing.”