The Blueshirts' two legit stars were held out of the first day of training camp's conditioning drills, but head coach John Tortorella was unconcerned.
Henrik Lundqvist, he said, has a "tender groin" and there was no sense in straining it further. It appearently is unrelated to a knee issue that the Swedish goaltender had at the end of the season, for which he received treatment and a cortisone shot two months ago. Lundqvist has looked sharp in informal scrimmages for the past two weeks and is expeceted to be on the ice early tomorrow with the other netminders for work with goaltending coach Benoit Allaire.
Top scorer Marian Gaborik skated out with the first group of players at around 9:15 a.m., loosened up, but went off before the series of conditioning laps began. Tortorella said that the right wing had been suffering from a sore back for a few days and would go through the laps, during which the players wear heart monitors, another day. Gaborik went through conditioning testing later last fall as well, as did Brandon Dubinsky, who did not report to camp for the first week untiil his contract situation was resolved.
The coach seemed pleased with the testing overall. "No one was lights out," he said, but neither was anyone way behind in the level of conditioning, for which they trained during the summer.