D Matt Gilroy, a healthy scratch for the first two games, replaces rookie Michael Sauer on 3rd pair tomorrow. Both Gilroy and Steve Eminger are rightiess, and the coach will try Gilroy on the left. Is he better on his off side than Eminger? "I dont know. I'm not crazy about any of it, moving righties to left." He said he wants to see Eminger in his natural position.
C Todd White will "wait his turn" to play, Tortorella said. "I'm not going to force-feed anything," he said, noting that the veteran "is a great guy...he understands the situation...he will wait for his chance and then I think will seize it when it comes."
On the reassignment of Tim Kennedy: "He's a kid...he has to play...not going to help him sitting around here." Asked if he was concerned he might be grabbed on recall waivers: "Sure..''
The Rangers will not have a game-day skate tomorrow, one of the home game-day changes that the coach had briefly discussed with the media and was to discuss with the team.
Tortorella is not a fan of those short spins, and made them optional for much of last season. The coaches held meetings about 90 minutes before the games.
On game days, numerous players showed up in Westchester (particularly those living in Westchester or Connecticut) to loosen up their legs or work out, have lunch and head to the Garden. Many players, however, live in Manhattan and the trip north and back for a short workout wasn't always deemed necessary. We'll see how this shakes out.
Donald Fehr, who was selected as NHLPA boss by the union board, pending a players' vote, watched practice and met with the Rangers afterward as part of his introductory NHL tour. It was the 12th or 13th team he has visited, he plans more for the next few weeks and expects the players to cast a "rolling" vote in November after he has made his remarks and answered questions...
A fan sent Henrik Lundqvist a framed photo of him making a save and Avery asked him for it to hang in his Warren 77 restaurant...