The return of Callahan’s inspirational and wholehearted play couldn’t come at a more important time. New York’s preseason slump carried into Thursday’s regular-season opener as it lost to the Coyotes, 4-1.
J.T. Miller wasn’t supposed to be on the plane when the Rangers headed west to Phoenix to embark on a nine-game road trip to open their 2013-14 regular season campaign. Score one for perseverance.
New York begins its first season under coach Alain Vigneault with the opener of a nine-game trip Thursday night at Phoenix. Renovations at Madison Square Garden will force the club to wait until Oct. 28 for its home opener.
The New York Rangers are going to face a major handicap this year. They are not going to be able to follow the NHL’s prescribed formula for securing a playoff spot and one of the top seeds in Stanley Cup playoffs.
“It kills me, it kills me,” Tortorella told TSN. “That kid there … that kid there, I grew up with him. I learned a lot from him in Tampa. We grew up together in Tampa. I don’t know where (the relationship) went.”
The new NHL comes to life when the puck drops on Tuesday night. Four brand spanking new divisions (some with geographically confusing names) will be introduced. From there, it should be chaos as usual.
So begins hockey’s version of “Trading Places.” Two opposite personalities in Vigneault and Tortorella are thrown directly into each other’s former worlds.
Preseason hockey? Normally a supreme waste of time, but not in this case. The Rangers are on a long preseason road trip and they will be facing the Vancouver Canucks in the great Pacific Northwest. And you know what that means. Torts.
A number of prospects including Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Connor Allen could crack the Rangers’ opening-night roster.
The message from the New York Rangers’ bench might not be any different from in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be.
There’s zero chance that Glen Sather’s bully tactics will accelerate stalled talks with restricted free-agent center Derek Stepan.
There should be no dancing or partying as the New York Rangers continue with their preseason. A win over the Philadelphia Flyers with Alain Vigneault is nice, but there’s nothing to crow about.
Dominic Moore recently spoke of the mutual delight shared by himself and Henrik Lundqvist to be back together after their experiences bonding as Rangers rookies back in 2005-06.
After putting his team through the paces, Vigneault spoke of his excitement to be to working with “elite” winger Rick Nash.
Derek Stepan does not have a leg to stand on, and let’s be honest, the Rangers have held the power cards throughout the summer.