After yesterday's final cuts, the 23-man roster took to the ice to begin prepping for Thursday's season opener in Phoenix.
I should say everyone took the ice but Rick Nash, who apparently hurt his foot blocking a shot in the Kings game Friday night. Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record noted that the Rangers said the injury is not believed to be serious.
Alain Vigneault expects Nash to be back on the ice for the next practice on Tuesday.
…wait, I thought injuries from blocking shots was supposed to end when Torts wasn't the coach anymore.
…after a poor preseason, let's hope this injury isn't a setback of any kind.
Meanwhile, here were the lines from practice…
When Nash returns on Tuesday, Vigneault said he'll be skating on Stepan's line with Richards.
…man, you got to wonder what's going through Richards' head at this point. A year and a half ago the guy was on top of the world after a great playoff run in which he played a major part in. Now the guy can't even make it on the team at his natural position. Just have to hope this move jump starts him.
…also, that third lines is awful. Flipping Miller and Pyatt would have me a little more confident about the line-up.
Here's Richards on the move to wing (via Bergen Record)…
“We’ve still got two guys out and we’ve got three centers that want to play in offensive situations,” Richards added. “I haven’t even talked to (Vigneault) about it. Playing with Rick and Step, hopefully we can get something going and if it works it means we’re staying and if we’re staying it means its working. When I have played wing it’s because I’m playing with smart players and fun players to play with and those two are. So really it’s line it up for the faceoff and then as the game goes on you’re a 100 different places anyway. I’ll probably take some faceoffs on my strong side because Step is a righty I don’t anticipate it being a big deal. We’ll see how it goes. We’ve all done it during our career, played different positions. It’s not that complicated. Hopefully it just works and it’s the last time we talk about it.”
Scott Burnside at ESPN says Richards and Nash have something to prove this season.
Despite being cleared for contact, Vigneault says he wants to wait seven to 14 days before Callahan plays in a game. Which obviously will rule the Rangers captain out of the season opener, which Cally confirmed yesterday…
"Today was probably the most I’ve done so we’ll see how it reacts to that. As of right now, I’d rule myself out for the first one. It’s just to see how I feel day to day. I’d love to give you guys an exact date but I can’t. I have an idea in my head but we’ll see how it goes day to day with the contact. As of right now, I’d rule myself out for the first one.”
…just looking at the lines, I have no idea where Callahan fits in (third line for Pyatt?). But where ever he ends up, his tenacity and aggressiveness will be very much welcomed.
Meanwhile, Pat Leonard at the Daily News says Carl Hagelin (offseason shoulder surgery) will go on the long-term injury list to start the season, which makes him ineligible until an Oct. 29 visit to Long Island.
Finally, here's Stepan on his first practice with the team since signing…
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