The lines at practice yesterday were:
- Derek Steapan, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik
- The Pack Line
- Ruslan Fedotenko, Brian Boyle, Brandon Prust
- Mike Rupp, Erik Christensen, Mats Zuccarello
The lines at practice yesterday were:
He mentions certain free agents like former Ranger Bryan McCabe and Anton Stralman on defense and Sergei Samsonov and Steve Begin at LW.
Richardson also mentions that the Blackhawks could make Rostislav Olesz available as they are having trouble finding a spot for him in their lineup.
Update: 10:30AM: Pat Leonard writes in the Daily News that Mara's agent says that the Rangers are just one of the teams that his client is talking to.
Update: 9:47AM: Larry Brooks says in the NY Post that the Rangers have re-initiated talks with former Ranger Paul Mara.
"I don't want to play GM here. You have to be real careful as far as Marc with IR. This is the type of injury with Marc that he could feel real good in another day or two and we get him going right away. It's been such a touch and go thing with Marc, that we just didn't go that way. We felt we wanted to get to our number this way."
via Steve Zipay at Blue NotesUpdate: 3:45PM:
He has said in the past that he likes the Pack Line and also understands the chemistry that Ruslan Fedotenko, Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust have together.
Balance is very important and the foundation that good teams are built on. The Rangers balance should be built around the Pack Line and at least the pair of Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust. Obviously Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards will be together, but no matter where everyone else slots in, especially if Derek Stepan stays in the middle, their will be balance. Each line will forecheck, play defense and have the ability to score. Some will do things better than others, but you won't have one bad line out there.
"I can tell through conversations we?ve had that he?s trying to work at this.
"He had some really good shifts and some struggles, but it?s a game of mistakes ? as long you?re not making the same mistakes all the time."Leslie Treff of Hockey's Future came away impressed with Del Zotto as well., "no cross ice, stretch passes. No leading the rush and getting caught up ice, while the opposition scored on the turnover. Tonight Del Zotto made some very solid passes and worked well at times along the defensive boards; he still needs work defensively but he was a lot better."
?When you go from the amateurs to the pro level, that?s a pretty big jump. When you go from the AHL to the NHL, that?s another big jump. The speed of play, the skill of play. It?s amazing what Step and Mac (McDonagh) did.?Christensen scored 108 points in his third season in the WHL. He had 62 final season, 27 in his first season in the AHL and then 46 in 48 games in his second.
Some guys handle it better than others. I think that for a guy like Ryan Bourque, jumping straight to the NHL may be too much for him and he should cut his teeth playing against bigger and more mature players in the AHL first. Carl Hagelin has better size and excellent skating and could definitely be a factor in the bottom six. It's all about consistency though. Derek Stepan had his ups and downs last season after coming straight to the NHL. Matt Gilroy probably would have benefited from starting in the AHL like Ryan McDonagh did.
The actual average age is 23.5
John Tortorella said that spots are wide open on D when he met with the media yesterday.
?Going into the camp, it?s a very young D,? Tortorella said. ?We?re going to keep on looking at guys, and that?s a position where there?s spots wide open there. We?ll get some guys in situations to take a look at them in these exhibition games.?Brendan Bell would make the average age go up, he is 28, but Michael Del Zotto has more experience, 26 more games, than Bell does. Pavel Valentenko is 23 and has no NHL experience. Paul Mara is out there but only wants an NHL contract. They may just have to go with young guys. It worked before and it may have to do the trick again.
Pressed about whether he was referring to players like Sean Avery and Erik Christensen , Brooks says that Tortorella responded "yes...yes"
Avery is expected to skate with John Mitchell and JT Miller and Christensen with Carl Hagelin and Christian Thomas.
Adam: I think that overall, the time for inviting players to training camp is over. The Rangers have gone through with their conditioning tests and scrimmages and brining someone else in now would leave them to be in a catch up position. Someone like Campoli wants an NHL contract, not a tryout, and I would bet that he turned down more than one offer for a tryout in search of a guarenteed deal.
The thing is, the Rangers knew about this condition. Staal started having headaches over the summer and the Rangers could have addressed the issue then. Maybe that is why they signed Brendan Bell. He has NHL and pro hockey experience. John Tortorella stresses youth and wants to bring in more young players.I think that he would rather deal with the growing pains of a younger player than deal with a veteran who probably isn't in camp for a reason.
Some of these combinations have been:
He thinks that the Rangers questions revolve around the left winger for the top line and whether Tim Erixon can be added to a defense that Hackel says is already short on NHL experience.
I am starting to think that my pick of Ruslan Fedotenko as the LW with Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards may not happen and that Wojtek Wolski will start there. I am not against Wolski playing there, I don't want Brandon Dubinsky there as the Pack Line will be critical to the Rangers success this season, but I think that Feds would be good there. The fact is, Feds will be good anywhere is in the lineup.
He says that the Rangers top seven defensemen, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Tim Erixon, Steve Eminger, Michael Sauer and Michael Del Zotto have an average age of 23 1/2 and 191 games.
Hackel writes that while Staal is an all-star, and McDonagh could be better, they still lack offensive punch on the blue line.
Here is what he had to say:
They look at Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and Mats Zuccarello as player who will be fighting for roster spots.
The top line will have Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and likely either Ruslan Fedotenko or Wojtek Wolski. The second line will be the Pack Line. The third line will likely be Derek Stepan and either Feds or WW, with a spot open on the right wing. The fourth line will likely be Brandon Prust, Brian Boyle and Mike Rupp.