Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dubinsky: "I Want To Be A Ranger"

The quote in the title above is from Brandon Dubinsky, speaking yesterday at an informal players scrimmage. Here's the full statement he made to reporters yesterday:

“I want to be a Ranger. The Rangers want me here; something’s gonna get done real quick and this will all be an afterthought. I’m in here working hard, getting ready for the season, not worrying about that; everything falls into place eventually, so I’m not losing any sleep over it. Obviously there’s been a lot of speculation and stuff, but I know where we’re at and where we’re gonna be…It might be 12 days away from camp, but 12 days is a long time, you can have a lot of conversations in 12 days, it only takes one.”

This is all good news, but we hope the Rangers feel the same way.

The other news of the day is that for the most part the Rangers looked to be in better shape than they were a year ago. That is most probably due to the warning letters sent to each player by John Tortorella during the off season urging them to exercise and report to camp in good physical condition.

Defenseman Corey Potter commented on Tortorella's fitness warnings:

"We all got the letter. There were lots of capitals and exclamation points."

And several Rangers stayed long after the voluntary workout - no coaches are around yet - to hit the weight room - including Wade "over-paid" Redden, Marc "my career is starting to..." Stahl, and Evgeny "not worth a nickname" Grachev.

A good start - and it's good after a long offseason to have actual Rangers on actual ice to write about.

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