Way too much negativity around here lately, so let's go with a little bit of good news as Carl Hagelin is very encouraged about his progress from offseason shoulder surgery…
"It feels good. I'm able to do more things on the ice. Battling-wise, I feel stronger as every day goes by. Just hoping it continues going the right way."
Hagelin is eligible to come off of LTIR on October 29th against the Islanders.
For Hagelin's full interview, click here.
…Hagelin's speed and energy is sorely needed on this team right now and he's a player who should fit nicely in AV's uptempo offense. Plus, his return likely means an end to some of the dead weight in the line-up right now.
In other positive news, Derek Stepan says he's starting to feel more like himself…
"As I go through this part of my career, there's been some bumps, but I'm feeling stronger and stronger as I go through these first seven games. The last two games I feel that I'm a lot closer to being myself. Defensively. My timing throughout the game. The next step is scoring a goal and helping the offense."
Stepan is pointless, with four shots on goal the last two games.
…i don't think there's another Rangers player who's going to benefit from this five day layoff more than Stepan. It's really given him an opportunity to get more comfortable and familiar with AV's system as well as work himself into better shape. With Nash likely out for the foreseeable future, Stepan is one of the players who needs to step up if the Rangers have any chance of turning this around.
For Stepan's entire comments, click here.