Steve Zipay at Blue Notes has these quotes from the first day of Prospect Camp...
“We need some help right up the middle on our backline and center ice,” said John Tortorella. “It doesn’t have to be a 35-year-old veteran, it could be a kid, but you have to live with the bumps. I’m anxious to see Stepan (a center) play and see what he does, and McDonagh (a defenseman). As far as where our philosophy’s going….we want to add with our youth and not a veteran guy at the end of his career.”
...i guess Prospal's not being re-signed.
Torts added “a lot of teams were asking about our kids. There were deals to be made there, they wanted our kids; we stayed steady, we need to continue doing that. It’s not like we want to be in last place, but when you have kids in lineup---and I think we need to have more----there’s gonna be some bumps in the road. ”
...great job by the organization not giving up on it's future. Except for that whole Sanguinetti trade. But I guess he doesn't count.
Zipay also had some observations including that he felt Rangers brass would love to see Derek Stepan make the club.
...this should be an exciting week for Ranger fans to get a glimpse of the team's future or from what Torts is saying their present.
While Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has an interesting post on Ryan McDonagh including quotes from the big defenseman who sounded like someone who was leaning towards returning to Wisconsin...
“It’d be my team and I could lead by example,” McDonagh said. “And at Wisconsin, there’s always the chance to get back to the next championship game.”
...that doesn't sound very encouraging.
Finally newyorkrangers.com has their own piece on Day 1 and are asking fans to submit questions for the Rangers prospects.
Here is video of Evgeni Grachev on Day 1...
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