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Training Camp 2013

The Rangers will be making their final cuts today as they need to be at 23 players and under the salary cap by tomorrow at 5PM.

Players who need waivers to be sent down will be placed on waivers at 12PM.

Stu Bickel and Justin Falk will both need to be placed on waivers in? order to be sent down. Conor Allen does not need waivers.

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via MSG, Alain Vigneault's post game comments after the Rangers loss to LA

  • On JT Miller, "he played real strong in back to back games. He skated well, when he had the chance to carry the puck and make some plays he made some plays. When he had a chance to play the man he played the man. I think that whole line, in terms of youth and potential played well. We are playing against a team that had 95% of their roster, won the Stanley Cup a few years ago and we didn't have a lot of PKers tonight and I think it showed early. I think we grinded it out and played hard, the goalie made some saves in the third and it's 4 games in 5 nights and now we have some decisions to make.
  • On more structure in front of Hank, "its coming along. We are throwing a lot of young guys in the lineup that are getting a first or second taste of NHL hockey. When you are playing against a team that won the Stanley Cup a few years ago, it could be intimidating but our guys played hard and tried their best."
  • On working with a smaller group, "yes....yes I am."
  • Was this Chris Kreider's best game, "I thought he did alright. You could see some puck protection moments. A few times he showed his size and speed. He didn't play last night so he was a little fresher and we saw some moments."
  • Did anyone change your mind tonight, "I can tell you that we have, in my opinion and we just talked quickly with management, we have three decisions we have to make. We talked about it, we will take the night to get back home and we will figure it out tomorrow."
  • Is there one on defense, "yes. I would say that there is one on defense and two up front."
  • DId Henrik ask to play in the third, "I talked to him at the end of the second period to see how he was feeling and he wanted to battle. He did and he played well.
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First Period:
  • Anze Kopitar
  • Jeff Carter
  • JT Miller from Anton Stralman and Oscar Lindberg
  • Mike Richards
Second Period:
  • Trever Lewis
Third Period:

Stats:

  • Not Available as of 1AM, possibly because the game did not take place at an NHL rink.
Adam Rotter
  • Well that ends a pretty lackluster preseason for the Rangers that probably raised as many questions as it answered. The team was sloppy, tired at times and while they created offense, they didn't score. The defense wasn't at it's best and there still is a lot of work that needs to be done.
  • I thought Rick Nash skated the best he had in the preseason but he still looks like he needs to shake off more rust. He was turning the puck over a lot but also seemed to connect with Benoit Pouliot a few times.
  • For the longest time I didn't considered Darroll Powe as someone who had a chance at being with the Rangers this season but he was probably the most consistent player in the preseason and seems like he has secured a bottom six/PK role similar to Dominic Moore.
  • Chris Kreider had some nice moments as did Jesper Fast and the the line of JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg and Marek Hrivik. Miller had the goal and another strong game. Based on salary cap space it would seem that only one of Kreider or Miller will start the season with the Rangers and I think Miller may have the upper hand.
Rangers game notes:

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8:42PM: From the Rangers twitter account, Alain Vigneault said:

  • Darroll Powe has played really well
  • 3 or 4 players are fighting for two spots and some roster decisions will be based upon the salary cap ramifications
  • Final cuts will be made on Sunday, according to Steve Zipay
  • Brad Richards, Brian Boyle or Derick Brassard could be moved to wing based on the depth at forward
8PM: The Rangers close out the preseason tonight in Las Vegas against the LA Kings at 10:30PM

  • Benoit Pouliot, Brad Richards, Rick Nash
  • Chris Kreider, Brian Boyle, Jesper Fast
  • JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik
  • Brandon Mashinter, Darroll Powe, Arron Asham
Michael Del Zotto, Stu Bickel, John Moore, Anton Stralman, Justin Falk and Conor Allen.

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Ray Ferraro was a guest on TSN's Leafs Lunch today and spoke about the Rangers after broadcasting their loss to Vancouver last night.

Ferraro said, "they looked like a team that had been on the road for ten days, or 12 days. They looked disorganized at times, Lundqvist was terrible which is always a surprise to me because I think he is just a terrific goaltender. There were some goals, Henrik Sedin's second goal, Burrows was in front of the net with about 20 feet, literally 20 feet around him it looked like a pee-wee game, your like, where is everybody!"

"Dan Girardi, who is a really good player was on the ice for all five goals against last night. The Rangers looked about as bad as they possibly could look. They got some good news with Derek Stepan signing. They are about 2 and a half weeks away, they think, of getting Ryan Callahan back and 3 and a half weeks until Carl Hagelin can come back. That is 3 really good forwards."

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With the Rangers cuts yesterday, the team has 19 forwards, not including Derek Stepan, still on the roster with a need to cut down by Monday afternoon.

The Rangers that appear to be locks to make the team are Brian Boyle, Derek Brassard, Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin, Derek Dorsett, Chris Kreider, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello.

Hagelin and Callahan will miss the start of the season and that will open up spots for a few in the group of Arron Asham ($1 million), Jesper Fast ($900,000), Marek Hrivik ($685,000), Oscar Lindberg ($760,000), Brandon Mashinter ($605,000), JT Miller ($1.24 million) and Darroll Powe ($1.067 million).

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While chatting with John Giannone after the game last night, Alain Vigneault said that the team was likely going to alter their original plans and make some cuts prior to the Rangers final two preseason games.

Vigneault said that he has seen some players struggle with the pace and that may help make some choices for them in terms of who will make the opening night roster.


Danny Syvret, Dylan McIlrath, Michael Kantor and Andrew Yogan are the only players who made the trip to Western Canada but have not played.

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6:24PM: Updates below

12:20PM:

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While in Banff yesterday, Brad Richards said that being in the mountains provides a different perspective and that being in the fresh, brisk air "feels like hockey."

Henrik Lundqvist said with a smile, "I expect anything. Moose...grizzlies.... anything. I'm ready for whatever shows up."

The Rangers helped raise more than $275,000.

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The Rangers took part in a charity golf tournament yesterday in Banff, Alberta to benefit the communities that suffered during devastating flooding this past June.

Glen Sather told the Calgary Herald that the idea to head up to Banff was originally his wife's as they watched the coverage of the flooding. She told him that they should do something to benefit all the people who lost so much.

Prior to the start of the tournament, $250,000 had already been raised two benefit community organizations.

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1:02PM: The team has announced the move with a press release, below.

Derek Stepan is no longer listed on roster.

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According to Steve Zipay, the Rangers top two lines for their game against Philadelphia tonight will be:

  • Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
  • Taylor Pyatt, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
The other forwards tonight are Andrew Yogan, Derek Dorsett, Dominic Moore, Michael Kantor, Darroll Powe, Micheal Haley.

Martin Biron and Cam Talbot are the goalies.

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Pat Leonard notes that the Rangers lineup tomorrow is:

Forward: Mats Zuccarello, Derek Dorsett, Jesper Fast, Michael Kantor, Derick Brassard, Dominic Moore, Oscar Lindberg, Darroll Powe, Benoit Pouliot, Micheal Haley, Taylor Pyatt, Andrew Yogan

Defense:? Dylan McIlrath, Dan Girardi, Conor Allen, Anton Stralman, Ryan McDonagh, Danny Syvret

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Alain Vigneault met with the media, including SNY's Nick Licalzi, prior to the Rangers game against the Devils tonight:

  • Emotions heading into the first game, "My thoughts are on evaluating our players. Trying to find roles for guys where we will have success. At the same time we want to put certain guys in places where they can be successful. Hopefully tonight, when I go behind the bench for the first time I will feel it. Right now I have so many things going on in my little French brain here that I haven't had time to sort it all out. I've got a lot of things I am thinking about.
  • How important is winning tonight, "You always play to win and there isn't a player or a coach or an assistant or staff member, we all want to win. Tonight we will play to win but it's also about putting guys on the ice in any moment to see how they react. Can they make the right play at the right time and in the right areas. We need to give them the opportunities."
  • On Marc Staal, "I've been told from our medical staff and from him that he hasn't felt this good in a long time. I'm going by that. In Marc's case, he hasn't played a lot in the past two years. He did ask me to play more games. Usually veteran guys only play in 3 of the preseason games but he asked to play in more. He wants to get out on the ice and get into game shape, game conditioning and game conditions. We are playing a lot of back to backs and we will carry a few more guys and it will give me a good and longer and accurate read on the guys we are carrying."
  • On Stu Bickel, "we will find out where he fits in. I have liked what I have seen. He tested real well. He is ready and willing and we want to put players in the best possible place to win."
  • On enforcers, "You gotta be able to play and skate and get in on the forecheck. Because you are a physical presence out there you have to stand up for yourself, but you gotta be able to play. That type of player, I don't think a lot of teams have that player anymore.
  • On the top line tonight, "I want them to play well and if they get an opportunity to get out on the PP. I want to see some chemistry. We worked on it for the first time with coaches. I want to see us get better and evolve."
  • On Kreider being on the top line, "I think it's a combo. He is one of the high end prospects. He has size, skill, we want to give him every opportunity to show what he can do and putting him with Brad and Rick we are certainly showing our hand a bit to say that we are giving a good opportunity and we want to see what you can do.
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11:50AM: Stu Bickel tells Pat Leonard that he will play tonight

10:29AM: Katie Strang notes that Chris Kreider is skating with Brad Richards and Rick Nash at the Rangers morning skate and that trio is expected to be the Rangers top line tonight against the Devils.

Pat Leonard tweets that the other lines are:

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Brian Boyle, Rangers, The Right Way

In the Rangers intrasquad scrimmage yesterday, Brian Boyle scored two goals for Team White but Anton Stralman scored the winner with 2.7 seconds left.

Following the game, Alain Vigneault said that one of the things he really liked about Boyle was his desire to win.

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The Rangers have announced that they have trimmed their training camp roster by 14 players.

The Rangers still have 46 players in camp.

Players of note who were sent down or returned to juniors include Kyle Jean, Sam Noreau and Anthony Duclair.

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12:55PM: Final score was 3-2 Blue.

Brian Boyle had two goals for the white team.

Benoit Pouliot, Oscar Lindberg and Anton Stralman scored for Blue.

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12:57PM:

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11:09AM:

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12:25PM: Katie Strang notes that JT Miller tweaked his hamstring but is expected to be fine and return tomorrow.

11:30AM: Treff says that the forwards were "gassed" after their drills.

11:25AM: Treff notes that JT Miller was unable to finish the conditioning tests with his group. Katie Strang says that he came off the ice and looked to be "laboring."

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The Rangers begin their 2013-14 season today with their first official on-ice practice.

Yesterday, Alain Vigneault?said that he will use the first two days on the ice as conditioning days and for the players to get a feel for being back on the ice and getting their timing.

He said that on day three of training camp, Saturday, he will start breaking down how he wants the team to play, what he wants them to do with the puck, without the puck and in each zone.

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The Rangers have announced that 66 players have been invited to training camp.

Forwards: Arron Asham, JT Barnett, Ryan Bourque, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Taylor Burke, Ryan Callahan, Derek Dorsett, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Josh Graves, Carl Hagelin, Michael Haley, Marek Hrivik, Kyle Jean, Michael Kantor, Chris Kreider, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Brandon Mashinter, JT Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Josh Nicholls, Benoit Pouliot, Shawn O'Donnell, Darroll Powe, Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards, Thomas Spelling, Michael St. Croix, Derek Stepan, Dyson Stevenson, Peter Trainor, Jason Wilson, Klarc Wilson, Andrew Yogan, Mats Zuccarello

Defensemen: Conor Allen, Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Charlie Dodero, Troy Donnay, Justin Falk, Ben Fanelli, Dan Girardi, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Aaron Johnson, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, Joon Moore, Brendon Nash, Samuel Noreau, Jimmy Oligny, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman, Danny Syvret

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Tomorrow is the first day that the Rangers will formally be on the ice as part of their 2013 training camp.

Henrik Lundqvist told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com that it's really important that the Rangers have a "real" training camp this season rather than the abbreviated camp they had following the end of the lockout.

He says that there are a lot of new things that the team will need to go over with Alain Vigneault in charge and there will be a learning curve for everyone.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks says that the Rangers will have a team dinner tonight in Westchester and Alain Vigneault will address the team for the first time as a group during the dinner.

Brooks also says that the Rangers will be on the ice Thursday through Sunday before playing the Devils and Flyers.

Following the game against the Flyers the Rangers will practice in NY and then head to Alberta where they will skate for five days before playing the Oilers, Flames, Kings and Canucks.

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The Rangers announced yesterday that they will take part in a charity golf tournament to benefit cities in Alberta who were hit hard during flooding in June.

The Rangers will also hold part of their training camp, likely the time from 9/18 to 9/23, in Banff, Alberta.

Glen Sather went on CBC radio yesterday to discuss why the Rangers were doing this:

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According to John Shannon, the Rangers will hold part of training camp in Banff, Alberta as part of fundraiser to help the Alberta area recover from devastating flooding in June.

The Rangers will hold a golf tournament on September 19th to benefit the Rotary Club of Canmore?s Flood Relief Fund and the Banff Community Foundation.

In a joint statement, the Rangers and Fairmont Banff Springs say that the money raised will "rejuvenate the mountain communities where many Albertans, let alone Canadians, bring their adventure-seeking dreams to life."

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