GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The Rangers remain minus-2 for training camp.
Winger Marian Gaborik, sidelined with what is believed to be a tweaked groin, was held off the ice for the second day and out of a grueling 45-lap skate. And center Brandon Dubinsky, entangled in a contract dispute, missed his second day.
Gaborik left the training center without speaking to reporters, but coach John Tortorella said that "it's early in. We'll just try to get him as healthy as possible. He's better today and could skate [Monday]."
Meanwhile, Tortorella continued his criticism of Dubinsky's holdout and declared that he was not monitoring the impasse. "I'm done. My focus right now is the camp. We have a lot to do here." When pressed to assess how long Dubinsky could stay out and not be affected, Tortorella said: "You can't miss one day. Camps are so important. When guys miss camps, it's a struggle. A guy we thought was gonna be here, every minute that goes by, it hurts the player and it hurts the team."
Defenseman Alexei Sememov, 28, joined the squad for a tryout on an invite, flying in from Florida last night. "I'm a big body (6-foot-6), so I just want to go out there and play good defense. I've got a heavy shot," said Semenov, who was 2-10-12 in 69 games over two seasons with the Sharks. "I feel I have a good chance."
Rangers Notes: The smoothest skaters in yesterday's drills: Sam Klassen, Roman Horak, Tomas Kundratek, Sean Avery and Ilkka Heikkinen. . . . D Bobby Sanguinetti struggled in the laps, leaning on the bench and kneeling on the ice between the sets. At one point, as the defenseman toiled, bent over, Torotrella urged, "Good job, Bobby," and said afterward, "He worked hard, it happens. He finished, that's the key." . . . Tryout Brent Henley injured his leg or knee landing on an off-ice vertical jump and was to be examined..There will be two, hour-long scrimmages Monday, the first one with a 13-man squad of mainly veterans against a team made up mostly of prospects . . . The first preseason game is Tuesday night at the Garden, and Tortorella said most of the youngsters will play against the Bruins, and then Wednesday against the Devils. The first cuts will come on Thursday.