Don’t Panic, Blueshirts Fans: Rangers’ Training Camp Rollercoaster

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 18: Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers talks with Mika Zibanejad #93 before a face off against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. New York defeated Chicago 7-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 18: Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers talks with Mika Zibanejad #93 before a face off against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. New York defeated Chicago 7-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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Dive into the action-packed world of Rangers’ training camp. Minor injuries, intense practices, and passionate fans. Don’t panic, we’ve got the inside scoop on it all!

Hockey season’s back, and you know it when even minor training camp injuries send New York Rangers fans into a frenzy. Yeah, you read that right! Mika Zibanejad, Brennan Othmann, Filip Chytil, and Artemi Panarin experienced little bumps, and suddenly, Blueshirts fans were up in arms.

One fan even messaged me, “Firing (Jim) Ramsay was a mistake,” while another one declared, “This team is soft. Call me when our top 6 stop suffering injuries in training camp.” And someone else chimed in with, “Injuries have followed Laviolette throughout his career. Here we go again.”

Don’t Hit the Iceberg Alarm: Exploring Rangers’ Training Camp Turbulence:

My  response? Take a chill pill. Sure, saying goodbye to Ramsay after three decades with the Rangers stung a bit. However, word on the street is it wasn’t even a hockey-related issue. Plus, the Rangers now have Andy Hosler as their athletic trainer, and the guy’s got a stellar reputation.

Here’s why you shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet: Laviolette’s practices. Rangers beat reporter Vincent Mercogliano spilled the beans on day one of training camp, saying, “One thing that’s pretty evident early on at this practice: The pace.”

“Laviolette said he wanted them to play with speed and they’re certainly doing that one practice in. Lots of work off the rush and everything is happening fast. Limited downtime in between drills, too.”

It’s likely some soreness and bruises crept in from the newfound intensity. Bodies might not be used to this level of physicality. Remember, Gerard Gallant used to keep things short and sweet in practices, but Laviolette’s style is like a turbo boost. As we’ve said, there’s a learning curve, but trust the process, my friends. There’s no need to be concerned.