This past September the New York Rangers got to visit some of the most prominent cities in Europe. They got to play in the the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, they got to visit Henrik’s home territory is Sweden. And many other places.
A little strange, to be honest. The Islanders played the Los Angeles Kings in Kansas City a few years back and the Islanders have been linked to that location for some time now. The Rangers and Avalanche very clearly are not moving so it seems the NHL simply views this as a chance to promote hockey in Kansas City and perhaps try to gauge what kind of interest in hockey there might be for the area.
I’m sure John Tortorella just can’t wait to travel halfway across the country for a meaningless exhibition game.