The stadium series was in full effect as yesterday the games between the Rangers and Devils and Rangers and Islanders were announced to a series of reporters, as well as those who watched it on NHL.com, YES network or the NHL network. These two games will be during Super Bowl week and hope to draw in a lot of people who are going to be in the area that week for the Super Bowl. One thing we know, is that we expect nothing but the best from all three teams involved, but most importantly we should see a Ranger sweep in those two games.
Some interesting tidbits from the press conference:
Ryan Callahan, our number 6 greatest Ranger of all time, is on schedule with his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He’s back on the ice skating and conditioning getting ready for training camp, and the upcoming season. But, he doesn’t know when exactly he’ll be able to take contact. The Rangers, expect him to miss the first month of the season due to the injury.
More on Callahan, he expects to spend some time getting to know AV during the process of training camp and hopefully before. He was quoted as saying the captain is only as strong as his coach, and he hopes to get a strong relationship with AV.
Dan Girardi, the other Ranger in attendance for the event, spoke to Marc Staal, and to further add to Staals remarks on being healthy, echoed those statements. Remember Staal suffered that awful eye injury in a game against the Flyers on March 5, did try to come back and played game 3 of the teams first round series against Washington, but failed to play anymore after that due to the eye bothering him.
Assistant GM Jeff Gorton on Henrik Lundqvist and his contract negotiations: ”He wants to be here, and we want to have him here.” In short, they’re working on it.
Gorton also mentioned that they are still working and talking with Derek Stepan and his agent, and hope to have everything settled before training camp.
Credit: Andrew Gross, Record