Editor Note: Sorry for the lack of updates on the blog the past two weeks. I started a new reporting job at a local weekly newspaper, and it has been quite the adjustment. My first full-time job has been kicking my butt. Once the season starts, updates will no-doubt come regularly.
According to Blueshirtsunited.com, Marian Gaborik arrived in the Big Apple over the Labor Day weekend, and joined about 30 teammates at the MSG Training Facility Tuesday morning for the organization’s informal skates, which began last week. Gaborik joins Mats Zuccarello, Marc Staal, Brandon Prust and prospect Carl Hagelin who hit the ice for the first time this season.
Today’s skate saw a scrimmage for the first time, and Gaborik skated alongside Brandon Dubinsky and newly acquired star center Brad Richards, on what could very well be the Rangers’ top trio come opening night against against the L.A. Kings in Sweden. According to the post, Gaborik collided with Sean Avery, but both seemed to be OK. Ryan Callahan reportedly was the leader amongst the players, giving credence to his bid for the “C.”
Great to see Gaborik and Richards skating together, even if it’s just a scrimmage in the first week of September. These guys have to click for the Rangers to succeed and make Richards’ nine-year contract worth it early. If they don’t click, well, let’s not even talk about that.
As for Callahan leading the charge on the ice even at this stage in the workouts shows he wants to be the captain of this squad. He’s said he doesn’t care if he has a “C” or not, that he is still going to be a leader on and off the ice, but you have to take that with a grain of salt. Any player on any team would love to have that letter on their jersey, and Callahan is no different.
Also very nice to see Hagelin skating with his possible future teammates. Again, still very early but still a great sign.
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