In what was an otherwise uneventful final informal practice before training camp opens this weekend, the Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik line was broken up a day after they were finally united. Here's the lines and d pairings (via Daily News)...
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt -Brian Boyle-Chris Kreider
Mike Rupp-Jeff Halpern-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Stu Bickel
Steve Eminger-Matt Gilroy
...man, this guy from NYU, who's overseeing the informal practices, is worse than Torts. Obviously, I wouldn't put a second of thought into these lines.
The Rangers did receive a scare at practice as Dan Girardi limped off the ice and into the locker room after blocking a shot with his leg. He did return to the ice and looked fine.
...guess Girardi's in mid-season form.
One number change was reported by Pat Leonard at the Daily News as he says Anton Stralman has changed from #32 to #6.
...not a lot of good karma with Redden's old number.
Today was also media picture day...
You don't like the idea of a two-time punch for the top lines? Personally I love the idea on having Nash and Gaborik on different lines. Spreads the talent, creates a good mix of veterans and youth as well as makes it so much harder for opposing teams to defend.
No problem with mixing the top 2 lines up. Probably the team wanted to find the best combination. Would rather split gabby and nash to spread the offense out.
Some previous players, other than Redden, that wore #6 . . .
There are definitely a lot of Rangers who wore #6 that only played one season, or even just a few games.