by Patrick Hoffman on 06/28/10 at 05:36 PM ET
From Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:
Tortorella takes an awful lot of criticism from the fanbase and the media, but one thing I must admit he does well is run organized camps. He knows how to get the most out of the players by making them go through very involved drills and ones that test them in all areas, especially physically. This will eventually separate the ‘maybes’, the ‘no ways’, and the ‘definitelys’. Whoever impresses Torts and the rest of the staff will be invited to regular training camp in September where they will try to crack the NHL lineup.
A list players who will be attending prospects camp can be found HERE. Among those you may recognize Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Ryan Bourque, Ethan Werek, Evgeny Grachev, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath and Roman Horak.
In addition to this, general manager Glen Sather, Mark Messier and the rest of the Rangers brass also have free agency opening up on Thursday at noon, yet do not have a single one of their free agents signed. I doubt Slats is in panic mode just yet, but he is running out of time and needs to get his priorities in order because he is in a hairy situation. First off, Marc Staal remains unsigned as I talked about yesterday. Secondly, Jody Shelley and Alex Auld have barely been mentioned since the season’s end. Dan Giradi is en route to becoming a restricted free agent, as is forward Brandan Prust. These are all guys the Blueshirts were supposedly interested in bringing back but none have been inked yet….. Not a good sign in my eyes.
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