"I just wanted to give myself the best chance possible to make the Rangers," Newbury said.
On what he needs to do to win a roster spot on the Rangers in training camp...
"I'm just going to go back and do the same things and hopefully impress the right people."
...unless every forward currently on the Rangers roster goes down with an injury I think it's pretty safe to say Newbury isn't going to be on the Rangers opening night roster.
Berlett also takes a look at what former Rangers goaltending prospect Matt Zaba is up to here.
Newbury is one of these players who with a decent all around game but just hasn't been able to make the jump. He's had some NHL experience with the Maple Leafs and Red Wings, but like KingBadaBing points out, he's already 29...
In the past players have been chosen over Newbury, not always for where their game was at, but for where the organization saw an individual's game going even in the course of a season. (Dale Weise is only 23, but I sometimes think he might be one of these guys who tops out right on the line between AHL and NHL). Newbury hasn't been seen to have that kind of ceiling, but he's turned into a leader in Hartford - he had 61pts (17g, 44a) in 69 games with the Whale last season (just 1 assist in 11 games with the Rangers).
I'm glad he's working hard. He will have a great presence and a good influence on some of the youngsters at camp, because it's just one more guy out there who's playing smart and playing hard. The level of competition at camp is going to force everybody to show their worth.
boy did this guy miss the boat. What's he 29 years old and now he's working hard? Also, glad to have you back Kevin. I hope you didn't get back from vacation early because of this hurricane.
@AG_Blue Great point on camp. Could be most competitive in years.