One of my bigger concerns for the Rangers going into the season was the past friction between Derek Brassard and assistant Scott Arniel from their Columbus days.
But today, Brassard alleviated any worries I had by saying this (via NHL.com)...
"It's in the past and I'm looking in front of me. I talked to [Arniel] when he got hired. I called him. No hard feelings. I said to him he could be a great fit for us and I'm just looking forward to working with him," Brassard said.
Brassard added that the two are on the same page and just want to help the Rangers be a better team.
Arniel acknowledged Brassard's olive branch by stating he showed class by calling him.
Arniel also noted that that there was never any real problem between him and Brassard and it was a situation "created" by agent Allan Walsh.
For audio of Arniel, click here.
...i've got to admit, I feel a lot better about the situation now. Big time props to Brassard for going out of his way to make sure there was no lingering effects from whatever happened with the Blue Jackets. He's quickly becoming one of my favorite players on the team.
Some bad news from practice, as for the second straight day JT Miller had to leave practice early with a hamstring issue.
...as I said yesterday, hamstrings can be tricky, so, while it might be frustrating for him and the team, it's probably smart to shut Miller down for a few days. He doesn't need this to become a lingering issue this season.
Meanwhile, Alain Vigneault admitted that Marty Biron is in competition with Johan Hedberg for the backup goalie position.
...WOW!!!! Didn't expect this at all. Biron has definitely been solid, but he has been prone to some poor play during his Rangers tenure. Wonder if this is a ploy by AV to light a fire under Biron.
Finally, here's some video from today's practice...
To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.
...man, it's good to have hockey back!!!!
Is it me or is Miller fragile as glass... Don't think he makes the roster even with Cally and Hags out, but who knows... Only AV gets to decide who is in and who is out
If you ask me millers hammy issues are a sign of him being too lazy in the off season and not hitting the gym and skating. Everything else is good news but the only real good news im waiting for is seeing Step on the ice
Biron is set to make $1.3 mil this year and would carry a $375k cap hit if sent to the AHL (according to Larry Brooks this morning), which means from a financial standpoint, they'd want the backup who takes Marty's spot to be making less that $925k. Talbot, Missiaen, and Stajcer all fit that math.
Hedberg was set to make $1.4 before the Devils bought him out. guess it would be up to him if he'd sign for next to nothing since he's technically already making the $1.4.
Biron’s Journal 9/13/13
The moose try take my job. Buffalo curse. I miss Torts. Maybe Drury hire me wash dishes at pizzeria. *sob *
Good news on the Brassard front.
Bad news on the Miller front.
Strange turn of events with Marty. I like him and I think he's been a good backup. Over time he and Hedberg are probably comparable goaltenders. Not sure what this is all about though.
Biron and Hedberg are virtually the same goalie in stats, cap hit, everything. Not sure what the thought process is, but maybe it's just precautionary for some reason. Sucks about Miller, that's gonna really hurt him making the team out of camp.
Stepan close to bridge deal: https://twitter.com/SNHockeyCentral/status/378602035127394304
@hankthetank30 ...And you know this how? I could imagine the conditioning tests weren't all that easy and it's easy to imagine how a player can overexert themselves to try and impress coaches.
@Wallace1 Yes, he is.