If this happened during the season, one would imagine there would be an even greater response than Igor Shesterkin himself who smashed his baton on the back glass after coming off a bit of a limp after hitting the second goal in Rangers’ opening practice scuffle. Thursday.
There was apparently no damage, with netminder remaining in the network without incident for the remainder of the cycle. However, if this continues, perhaps the coaching staff will want to put Shesterkin in a red unbuttoned shirt in order to break into the house that the most valuable player on the team is off limits.
This, by the way, refers to a time when bowlers routinely shot Henrik Lundqvist during drills run by then-head coach John Tortorella, who mocked a reporter (take three guesses) because he privately advised King to leave the net the next time it happened.
Adam Sikora was the culprit the first time, brushing Shesterkin. The 2022 second driver immediately put a global mark on “bad”. Jared Tenordi ended up taking out the goalkeeper next time in defense against Johnny Brodzinski in the net.
It’s hockey. The things that happen. There was no malice previously contemplated in either case. Players are not expected to stand on tiptoe. But there must be some contextual measure of convenience here. No one will earn a place on the list by sprinting toward or into the blue paint during the first four days of a fight.
“Obviously you’re feeling a little anxious and hoping he’s OK,” coach Gerard Gallant said before revealing his conversation with his players about what to do and what not to do in camp. “I told them before we started that there is no fighting there and no big hits there.
“We are there to see some skills, some talent and [to] play fast. There are four days of training and after that they play show games so you can play these games more aggressively. I want the guys to show some speed, some skill, and some talent.
“these [scrimmages] The coach said. “They mean to be fit and ready for the season. They are not going to make our team leave in the next few days, believe me.”
Rangers have protected Shesterkin well for the better part of the season after being sidelined in an early November game at The Garden as Panthers ran through the crease with impunity. You may remember this was followed by a three-day mini-camp during an occasional break in the schedule that led to the reset and the 10-1-0 rush that followed.
This aptly brings us to Ryan Reeves, who is certainly not the only strong player in the club but the only goalkeeper who might be identified as the tone-setting implementer.
The 35-year-old winger worked Thursday in a unit with Turner Elson and Patrick Khodorenko. Surrounded by Jimmy Vesey and Dryden Hunt, their fellow fourth-grader, Gustav Rydal, is vying for the spot in the fourth line. Ryan Carpenter, 28, skated the Swede’s direct competitor between Brennan Usman and Julien Gautier.
Reaves was a staple in last year’s lineup, providing veteran leadership on and off the ice. He was responsible for injecting a great deal of personality and vanity into the show. But he’s also been a healthy scratch in six of the last 24 regular season games, and most importantly, games 5 and 6 of the Tampa Bay series. A place on the list is safe, but it is not clear if the number 75 will automatically be in the lineup.
“We have new guys here who are looking for opportunities to make the team and you never know what’s going to happen, but I can’t stand it,” Number 75 told The Post. “If I did, it would kind of turn my head into a candy bar, which I don’t need.
“I didn’t get my best game against Tampa, and that’s fair enough [on being scratched]. But that was last year. In Vegas, I got scratched in the last game of  The cup final and the following season I got my best contract. So I don’t read into it.
“If I didn’t have a place, I would earn it,” Reeves said. “And if I do, I’ll keep it.”
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