Friday, September 17, 2010

Rangers Training Camp Opens Today!

Rangers training camp opens today, a sign that we are edging closer and closer the start of the NHL regular season. The good news is, with camps opening around the NHL this weekend, there will be much more hockey news. For the Rangers, the main focus will immediately be on deciding which forwards will make the cut, whether Wade Redden is sent to Hartford and who is going to start the season on the Rangers blue line.

The Rangers training camp roster was released earlier this week with additions being added yesterday. There will be six goalies in camp, although it's certain (barring injury) that Henrik Lundqvist is the #1 goalie and Martin Biron will serve as his backup. 21 defensemen have been brought into camp seeking the 6-7 spots that are available; Staal, Girardi, Del Zotto and Rozsival are locks to be in the top six, outside of that it will be a battle for the final few positions. On top of this there are 34 forwards in which it looks like there are ten different players who could realistically have a shot at one of the final roster positions.

Since I'm not a beat writer I don't have access to training camp. I'm as much in the know on what's going on as you are. If there is any big news I will try and get it posted here as soon as possible. In the mean time I suggest that if you are on Twitter you follow the guys below to keep you updated with what's going on at camp because they will be there watching as it unfolds.

@thenyrangers adding this late because I now see this is probably most detailed feed so far
@JimCerny who is the beat writer for the NYR website and will certainly have many updates
@AGrossRecord lots of Twitter information & blog posts will be available throughout camp
@SteveZipay will have information via Twitter, beat writer for Newsday
@NYDNRangers  is the newest addition to the Rangers beat, working for the Daily News
@NYP_Brooksie may or may not be at all of camp but he'll have some analysis regardless
@jaygeemsg  will be there conducting interviews for the MSG Network, he may have some Twitter
 @HFNYRangers Hockey's Future being represented & they've had updates so far

And as usual you can follow me @PuckCentral and the new member the Puck Central team @JordanSchoem

Hockey's Future has released their latest NYR Prospect rankings. According to their rankings, Kreider, Grachev, Stepan, Zuccarello-Aasen, McDonagh and McIlrath round out the top six prospects in the system.

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