Can you feel it? We’re inching ever so closer to the beginning of the hockey season. The Traverse City Prospects Tournament is also very close to happening and gives fans a glimpse into what some of their favorite Rangers prospects can bring in a game. You’ll remember last year, Derek Stepan had a standout performance, catapulting him into an ever better training camp on his way to making the Rangers. This year promises to be better simply because MSG will televise the games for the first time. Something to look forward to!
Follow me after the jump for the Rangers’ headlines you might have missed this weekend.
Mark Malinowski gets to know former Rangers defenseman Ron Greschner. [The Hockey News]
In an exclusive sit-down, Joe Fortunato fulfills a mini-dream for bloggers by interviewing top prospect Christian Thomas. [Blueshirt Banter]
Larry Brooks attempts to incite a riot by asking would you trade a considerable amount of young Ranger talent for 2 years of Shea Weber? My answer would be NO. Something I do agree with Brooks on in the same article? Brad Richards should NOT be the next captain of this team. [NY Post]
James O’Brien takes a look at some of the NHL’s bargain contracts and lists 3 for the Rangers. [Pro Hockey Talk]
To counteract that, Mike Brophy believes there’s a huge problem with some of the lofty contract around the NHL and could spell doom in the next CBA negotiations. [Sportsnet]
Ever wondered how some of your current Rangers made their way to the team? Joshua Smith has a must-read on how Brian Leetch turned into Michael Sauer, Mark Messier turned into Ryan Callahan, and more. [Puck Press]
After his performance at the NJEC’s, it may be impossible to leave J.T. Miller off the roster for the Worlds. [United States of Hockey]
Dave Shaprio wonders who will be this year’s surprise performer on the Rangers? I’m hoping its Marian Gaborik, personally. [Blue Seat Blogs]
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Topics: Brad Richards, Brian Leetch, Chrsitian Thomas, Derek Stepan, Dylan Mcilrath, J.T. Miller, Marian Gaborik, Mark Messier, Michael Sauer, NJEC, Ron Greschner, Ryan Callahan, Shea Weber, Traverse City Tournament, Who Will Be The Next Rangers Captain?, Worlds