Training Camp: Miller Tweaks Hamstring; Biron Back Tomorrow; Richards Thrilled; AV Hoping for Surprises

The Rangers received some mixed news on the first day of on-ice workouts as, after missing all of the informal practices, JT Miller was a participant this morning, unfortunately, he suffered a mild hamstring pull that forced him to leave the ice early.

…not the best way to start camp for someone who is expected to compete for a roster spot. Hamstrings are always tricky so let's hope it's not a reoccurring issue for him.

In some definite good news, Alain Vigneault reported that Marty Biron was heading back to New York tonight and should be in camp tomorrow.

…very interested to see how Vigneault deals with Biron's workload. The goaltending situation in Vancouver was an absolute cluster eff under AV, so it will be keeping a close eye on how he handles it.

…Biron saw action in just SIX games last season, so he should be fresh for this season.

Meanwhile, Brad Richards discussed how he lost confidence in himself last season and couldn't recover, but is putting it behind him and looking forward to this season…

“ I'm happy I'm here, thrilled. Grateful I am still here and get a chance to be a part of this organization. I'll start new. ”

Here's Richards' full interview…


To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.

…i'm telling you, expect a comeback season for this guy.

Finally, AV discussed how he's hoping some of the young guys (ie Lindberg, Fast and Kristo) step up in camp (via Blueshirts United)…

“In training camp you need surprises, you need guys that…all of a sudden they step on the ice and you're like wow, they can contribute. We're like any team, we need guys that will push, and that's what I am expecting.”

…a solid camp from the youngsters could definitely light a fire under the asses of guys like Richards, Boyle and Pyatt and make the Rangers a much better team.

…the Rangers would probably rather give Lindberg and Fast some time in the AHL to adjust to the North American game, but the Cally and Hagelin injuries will likely force the Blueshirts to baptize these guys by fire.

…i also think this could be a coming out party for Kristo. He was a highly regarded prospect in Montreal, who, for whatever reason, wasn't allowed to prove that some of his character issues were a thing of the past. I really think Montreal is going to regret that trade when he's in the Rangers opening night line-up.

For AV's full interview, click here.

Lindberg also spoke about the opportunity he's being given…


To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.

You can also watch Kristo's interview here.

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