The word in hockey circles today is not only that the league and the union will meet Friday in New York to discuss “non-core economic issues,” such as travel, (yeah, I’ll be there taking notes and asking questions), but that the remaining exhibition games will be shelved, possibly as early as tomorrow (Wednesday.)
The Rangers have three left on the schedule: Oct. 4 at the Islanders, Oct. 6 vs. the Avalanche in Kansas City and Oct. 8 in Los Angeles. The pre-season games through September were axed on Sept. 19, which is when realist/cynics such as you, dear readers, or I, could almost guarantee that the rest of the slate would suffer the same fate.
Here’s the roster for the Connecticut Whale training camp, which will be staged at the MSG Training Center in Westchester County, not Hartford, from Sunday through Tuesday. (Yeah, I’ll be there taking notes at scrimmages and asking questions). So stay tuned here and on Twitter @stevezipay
Forwards: Matthew Bissonnette, Ryan Bourque, Andrew Courtney, Ryan Flanigan, Tommy Grant, Micheal Haley, Danny Hobbs, Marek Hrivik, Kyle Jean, Jordie Johnston, Chad Kolarik, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kris Newbury, Scott Pitt, Brandon Segal, Kelsey Tessier, Nicolas Tremblay, Francis Verreault-Paul, Christian Thomas, Shayne Wiebe, Jason Wilson, Andrew Yogan.
Defense: Sean Collins, Steven Delisle, Kyle Haines, Colten Hayes, Brent Henley, Sebastien Piche, Sam Klassen, Dylan McIlrath, Jyri Niemi, Blake Parlett, Logan Pyett, Mike Vernace.
Goalie: Bryan Hince, Jason Missiaen, Scott Stajcer, Cameron Talbot.
Instant assessment: Chance for a swell top nine, questions on D, plenty of options in goal.
Hope the Quebec charity league organized by Flyers Bruno Gervais and Max Talbot (didn’t see any Rangers on the initial rosters BTW) raises plenty of $$$$. Just FYI: Games are no contact, of course…If you’re not checking Rangers website, prospects Jesper Fast and Oskar Lindberg are off to good starts in Sweden. They likely will be in North America next year….
More coming up tomorrow….