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BB's Training Camp Guide
Breaking down the position battles, roster, and who I'd like to see on opening night


Goalie is the one of very few roster spots set in stone heading into tomorrow's training camp


Goalie is the one of very few roster spots set in stone heading into tomorrow's training camp

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The Rangers will be a fascinating team to watch tomorrow when training camp finally starts.  With a half-dozen positions possibly up for grabs, the team faces a ton of questions.  Here’s your quick guide to camp:

The Roster:

2010 NEW YORK RANGERS TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

Forwards

No.

Player

POS.

HT

WT

Age

2009-10 Team (League)

42

Artem Anisimov

C

6-4

197

22

RANGERS (NHL)

16

Sean Avery

LW

5-10

195

30

RANGERS (NHL)

94

Derek Boogaard

LW

6-7

275

28

MINNESOTA (NHL)

22

Brian Boyle

C

6-6

244

25

RANGERS (NHL)

34

Dane Byers

LW

6-2

204

24

Hartford (AHL); RANGERS (NHL)

24

Ryan Callahan

RW

5-11

188

25

RANGERS (NHL)

26

Erik Christensen

C

6-1

203

26

RANGERS (NHL); ANAHEIM (NHL); Manitoba (AHL)

23

Chris Drury

C

5-10

190

34

RANGERS (NHL)

17

Brandon Dubinsky

C/LW

6-1

210

24

RANGERS (NHL)

39

Brodie Dupont

LW/C

6-1

210

23

Hartford (AHL)

27

Ruslan Fedotenko

LW

6-2

195

26

PITTSBURGH (NHL)

31

Alexander Frolov

LW

6-2

210

28

LOS ANGELES (NHL)

10

Marian Gaborik

RW

6-1

215

28

RANGERS (NHL)

59

Evgeny Grachev

RW

6-4

222

20

Hartford (AHL)

13

Tim Kennedy

LW

5-10

176

24

BUFFALO (NHL)

45

Kris Newbury

C

5-10

205

28

Grand Rapids, Hartford (AHL); DETROIT (NHL)

20

Vinny Prospal

LW/C

6-2

198

35

RANGERS (NHL)

8

Brandon Prust

LW

5-11

195

26

CALGARY, RANGERS (NHL)

41

Justin Soryal

LW

6-2

209

23

Hartford (AHL)

57

Derek Stepan

C

6-0

187

20

Wisconsin (WCHA)

32

Dale Weise

RW

6-1

207

22

Hartford (AHL)

61

Ethan Werek

C

6-1

199

19

Kingston (OHL)

12

Todd White

C

5-10

195

35

ATLANTA (NHL)

86

Jeremy Williams

RW

6-0

195

26

Grand Rapids (AHL)

36

Mats Zuccarello

LW

5-9

170

23

Ornskoldsvik (Sweden)

Defensemen

63

Lee Baldwin

D

6-4

205

22

Alaska-Anchorage (WCHA); Hartford (AHL)

4

Michael Del Zotto

D

6-1

195

20

RANGERS (NHL)

44

Steve Eminger

D

6-2

210

26

ANAHEIM (NHL)

28

Garnet Exelby

D

6-1

215

29

TORONTO (NHL)

97

Matt Gilroy

D

6-1

201

26

RANGERS (NHL); Hartford (AHL)

5

Dan Girardi

D

6-2

215

26

RANGERS (NHL)

72

Sam Klassen

D

6-2

199

21

Saskatoon (WHL)

65

Tomas Kundratek

D

6-2

200

20

Medicine Hat (WHL)

51

Ryan McDonagh

D

6-1

222

21

Wisconsin (WCHA)

75

Jyri Niemi

D

6-2

210

20

Saskatoon (WHL)

6

Wade Redden

D

6-2

210

33

RANGERS (NHL)

33

Michal Rozsival

D

6-2

205

32

RANGERS (NHL)

38

Mike Sauer

D

6-3

220

23

Hartford (AHL)

25

Alexei Semenov

D

6-6

245

29

Moscow Dynamo (KHL)

18

Marc Staal

D

6-4

209

23

RANGERS (NHL)

46

Pavel Valentenko

D

6-2

220

22

Moscow Dynamo (KHL)

78

Nigel Williams

D

6-4

226

22

Hartford (AHL)

Goaltenders

43

Martin Biron

G

6-3

180

33

ISLANDERS (NHL)

29

Chad Johnson

G

6-3

200

24

Hartford (AHL); RANGERS (NHL)

30

Henrik Lundqvist

G

6-1

198

28

RANGERS (NHL)

80

Jordan Parise

G

5-11

190

28

Wheeling (ECHL)

96

Scott Stajcer

G

6-3

200

19

Owen Sound (OHL)

81

Cam Talbot

G

6-3

185

23

Alabama-Huntsville (CHA); Hartford (AHL)

-from rangers.nhl.com

 

What Should Happen:  The Rangers should keep the best 22 players on their roster, period.  No weight should be given to age, salary, experience, or anything else.  If that means six rookies make the roster, so be it.  If that means Wade Redden wins a spot in the top-four, so be it.

What Will Happen: The Rangers will be forced to make decisions that may not be in the best interest of the team.  Redden will almost certainly have to be demoted.  Even if he outplays most of the other defenders, there’s almost no way the Rangers can keep him on the NHL roster because they’re already a few million dollars over the cap.  Youngsters like Derek Stepan, Evgeny Grachev, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh will have a very difficult time making the team because of a flurry of veteran additions and training camp invitees.

Position Battles:

Steve Eminger vs. Matt Gilroy vs. Garnet Exelby vs. Ryan McDonagh vs. Wade Redden vs. Alexei Semenov vs. Pavel Valentenko for the fifth, sixth and seventh spots on defense.

This position was crowded already with the addition of Eminger earlier this summer and potential NHL-readiness of Exelby and Valentenko.  Inviting Semenov and Exelby to camp will make this a down-to-the wire battle.  Semenov made the team last year out of camp but was unable to stay with the team due to personal issues.  GM Glen Sather has already said that he’s had contract discussions with Semenov’s agent, indicating that if Semenov plays well in camp he could have the inside track.  Most people agree that McDonagh is ready to play, and play well, in the NHL, but the Rangers may prefer to give him a half-year or more in Hartford to boost his confidence.  Eminger looked like a good bet to be the seventh defenseman when he was acquired, but recent acquisitions have him on the outside looking in.  Exelby provides a physical dimension the Rangers currently lack.  Much more was expected of Gilroy last season, but there are now major questions about his chances at a real NHL career.  Valentenko is a bit of an under-the-radar guy, but he plays a solid two-way game.  And of course, Redden is the whipping boy with the huge contract. 

 

Ruslan Fedotenko vs. Evgeny Grachev vs. Derek Stepan vs. Mats Zuccarello vs. Sean Avery vs. Brian Boyle vs. Tim Kennedy vs. Brandon Prust vs. Dale Weise vs. Todd White

Obviously, this is a hodgepodge of forwards.  But with eight forwards locks, these 10 players are battling for four spots on the top four lines and an extra spot in the press box with Derek Boogaard on most nights.  Prust and Avery would probably have to play pretty poorly in training camp to lose their positions.  Prust was dynamite down the stretch last year and everyone knows what Avery brings when he’s on his game.  Avery’s contract works against him, as does his (at times) strained relationship with John Tortorella.  But he’s saying and doing all the right things, and he’s been very good at on-ice workouts the last couple weeks.  Grachev, Stepan and Zuccarello are more likely to form the top line for the Wolf Pack than play for the Rangers at the outset of this year.  The Rangers keep insisting that each will get a fair shot, but with such a crowded roster, that may not be realistic.  That trio may make the Rangers en masse next year when they’ll hopefully have developed some serious chemistry.  Boyle is probably in really big trouble.  He and Kennedy could be in direct completion for the fourth line center job.  Their contracts are basically a wash, and Kennedy has already displayed far more offensive ability and has a reputation for being a very solid defensive forward.  Weise is a dark horse to make the team and has proven his ability in the AHL.  But he too could be a victim of the numbers game and will likely end up in Hartford or traded.  The tryout offer to Fedotenko was a bit of a shocking move last week, but the 31-year-old still can put the puck in the net and could add to the Rangers depth.  White had an awful year in 2009, after a great one in 2008, but his $2.375 million cap hit is a huge demerit.  He plays a solid two-way game like Kennedy, but at almost four times the cap hit. 

 

The Final Roster I’d Like To See:

Prospal            Christensen     Gaborik

Frolov              Anisimov         Callahan

Dubinsky         Drury               Fedotenko

Avery              Kennedy           Prust

 

Ex. Fwd Boogaard, Boyle

 

Staal                Del Zotto

Girardi             Rozsival

McDonagh      Exelby

 

Ex. D Semenov

 

Why? I know Frolov and Gaborik are almost certain to play together at the outset, but I don’t want to mess with the chemistry the top line had last year.  I know this leaves out the youngsters at forward, but it’s too crowded up front right now for any of the kids to get significant ice time.  None besides Weise have had much success in Hartford yet, so I’d like to see them dominate there first, and then get called up midseason or make the team next year.  Many are upset that the kids won’t be given a fair shot up front, but I think it could be better for them to develop chemistry and confidence with the Wolf Pack this year before being handed significant responsibilities next year.  If they’re still ignored next year, I WON’T be happy.  On defense, I love the physical game that Exelby would bring.  Unlike the forwards, I don’t think McDonagh has much to gain from playing in the AHL.  Simply put, I think those six are the best combination the Rangers can put together.

 

 

Let’s hear your thoughts!

 

Preseason schedule

SEPTEMBER 2010 -- PRESEASON

DATE

VISITOR

HOME

TIME (ET)

TV NETWORK/RESULTS

 

 

THU SEP 23, 2010

DEVILS

RANGERS

7:00 PM

MSG

TICKETS

 

 

SAT SEP 25, 2010

RANGERS

DEVILS

7:00 PM

MSG

 

 

 

SUN SEP 26, 2010

RANGERS

RED WINGS

5:00 PM

MSG

 

 

 

WED SEP 29, 2010

RED WINGS

RANGERS

7:00 PM

MSG

TICKETS

 

 

OCTOBER 2010 -- PRESEASON

DATE

VISITOR

HOME

TIME (ET)

TV NETWORK/RESULTS

 

 

FRI OCT 1, 2010

SENATORS

RANGERS

7:00 PM

MSG

TICKETS

 

 

SAT OCT 2, 2010

RANGERS

SENATORS

7:00 PM

MSG

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Kevin Baumer | September 16, 2010 at 03:22 pm
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