After 10 Ranger players participated in an informal practice last Wednesday, the number swelled to 15 yesterday…
Among the #NYR skating together in NY today are Henrik, Staal, St. Louis, Girardi, Hagelin, Boyle, Brassard, Zucc, Miller, Kreider. ..
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 2, 2014
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) September 2, 2014
And it wasn’t just current players who took the ice either, as the recently retired Alexei Kovalev had Rangers fans talking comeback yesterday as he donned a Blueshirt for the first time since 2004. But alas, there will be none of this during the 2014-15 season…
…as the 1994 Stanley Cup member was merely in attendance to
teach the young guys how not to play defense workout…
So wait, Alexei Kovalev has the dedication to attend an informal practice, but Nash doesn’t? Damn, this guy suck…hmmm, this is going to be harder than I anticipated.
In all seriousness, it’s definitely impressive to see young guys like JT Miller, Marek Hrivik and Ryan Haggerty display their commitment level by attending both sessions. Paging Danny Kristo, Dylan McIlrath, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast.
Speaking of Haggerty, he’s not only been at both informals, he’s been at the Rangers practice facility all summer…
Sure, he lives in the area, but let’s not ruin my narrative that he has more devotion in his pinky finger than Nas…dammit!!!!
Meanwhile, if you’re a gambling man, the odds of winning the Stanley Cup were released by Bovada yesterday with the Rangers going off at 16/1.
The Rangers are also 15/2 to repeat as Eastern Conference Champions as well as 7/2 to win the Metropolitan Division.
I’m actually headed to Vegas in two weeks, so if you want me to place a bet for you, PayPal me. Disclaimer: I’ll likely be so drunk your money will most definitely end up in a stripper’s G-String instead.
Finally, Flyers GM Ron Hextall blames instant success as the reason for newly acquired defenseman Michael Del Zotto’s recent struggles (via New York Post)…
“Michael has admitted he had a down year [with the Rangers and Predators],” Hextall said. “We look at a young player like Michael Del Zotto coming into the NHL at his age. He has a lot of money. He’s got fame, he’s got people wanting to spend time with him and thinking he’s a big deal. Any 20-21-22- or 23-year-old, it’s pretty easy to get off the rails. I think that is what happened to him. I think in two years, he will look back and say, ‘It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I regained my focus and what is important.’
“It’s so hard. These kids come in and get so much money and so much fame, you’re living in New York City and we expect them to be what we call, ‘pros.’ No. They’re in a process at 20-21-22 years old, figuring out what it is to be a pro …You go from being a junior hockey player playing in front of 3,000 people and riding a bus to playing at Madison Square Garden or Wells Fargo in front of 19,000 people. You’re in the NHL, in front of Hockey Night in Canada. It’s … national TV. It’s a big adjustment for any kid in any walk of life. It’s a lot tougher than people think. These young people have to grow up in a hurry.”
Sure, there’s that. Or…or it could be that he just sucks at playing defense. But that’s just my theory. Good luck with that tire fire Ronnie.