Alain Vigneault met with the media on the official opening of Rangers training camp at the MSG training facility.
And apparently, his first order of the day with his players was this…
"We handed out tee shirts to all of the players that they are wearing today, that say 'Clean Slate: Grab It!"-Alain Vigneault kicks off camp
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 11, 2013
This was a quote I posted from Vigneault on Saturday.
…i said I loved the quote on Saturday and I'm a huge fan of AV putting it on a shirt for the team. I think it really rings true with this team. Rumor is that Richards asked for a bulk of these shirts.
To prepare for the upcoming season, AV said he had Scott Arniel watch every Rangers power play from last year. Here's actual video of Arniel doing just that…
…apparently AV whispered "You'll be nice to Derek Brassard" in Arniel's ears during the entire video session. (H/T Lisa Y.)
Meanwhile, Vigneault also touched on Derek Stepan likely not being with the team when they take the ice tomorrow due to his contract dispute (via Newsday)…
"It would be better if he'd be here…It's a little bit within his control, not mine."
AV added that there's no hard feelings and he'll take Stepan with "open arms" when he finally signs.
…hoping that RFA Nazem Kadri's 2-year, $2.9 million per contract he signed with the Leafs yesterday forces Stepan to settle on the bridge deal Sather is currently offering.
In a bit of personnel news, the Rangers have announced that Martin Biron will likely miss the beginning of camp due to personal reasons. He could be back as early as tomorrow.
Because of Biron's absence, the Rangers have signed signed Johan Hedberg, 40, to a professional tryout contract.
…hope everything is ok with Biron and/or his family.
Here's the official training camp roster (via Carp)…