Gaborik remains limited in camp
Star winger Marian Gaborik has been limited in the first week of training camp with a groin pull. Not a good sign for the injury prone winger but for now the Rangers don’t appear to be very concerned.
They contend that he will be ready to go when the Rangers open the season in Pittsburgh.
Center center Brandon Dubinsky remains a holdout. The Rangers have not increased their two year offer and they won’t. If your looking for a Kessel – Dubinsky trade…..it’s not going to happen. Bruins have minimal interest in Dubinsky.
Newcomers Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins are having a strong camp. The Rangers have added some speed up front.
Higgins is a player the Rangers are counting on to reach his potential offensively this season.
Winger Ryan Callahan will have a 25+ goal season in John Tortorella’s system. Callahan had a team high six shots in the Rangers pre-season opener Tuesday night.
Rookie defenseman Matt Gilroy is drawing rave reviews around the league. Scouts expect him to contribute right off the bat for the Rangers.
Gilroy who played just under 22 minutes Tuesday night, will fill a hole for the Rangers but they aren’t done adding.
The Rangers are still actively looking to add another veteran defenseman. They have held trade discussions with the Toronto Maple Leafs about defenseman Ian White.
On the Rangers blue line, defenseman Marc Staal will be the key: Questions remain whether Staal can take his game to the next level and develop into a shut-down defenseman.
Shanahan playing on first line in New Jersey
Head coach Jacques Lemaire is putting the Devils through a strenous camp.
Winger Patrick Elias is expected to miss the first couple weeks of the season. He has been limited in camp.
A surprise development in Devils camp has been Brendan Shanahan getting top line minutes. He is currently on a line Zach Parise and Travis Zajac.
There is talk that the Devils have been shopping veteran forward
Jamie Langenbrunner who is currently skating with the Devils fifth line in camp.
The Devils have cooled on Phil Kessel.
Flyers 2007 1st round pick Van Riemsdyk in the mix
Former first round James Van Riemsdyk made the first round of cuts in Philadelphia. Van Riemsdyk, 20, is skating on wing with Danny Briere and Claude Giroux. Despite not playing in one minor league game, insiders in Philadelphia believe Van riemsdyk has a strong shot at making the team.
Islanders Camp Buzz
Goaltender Rick DiPietro is slowly improving but don’t expect him to be ready for Islanders home opener against Pittsburgh.
The Islanders have decided to pass on Miroslav Satan for now. Satan remains in the New York area where he owns a house.