If this occurs throughout the season, one imagines that there could be a larger response than that of Igor Shesterkin himself smashing his stick in opposition to the rear glass after developing with a little bit of a limp following the second goalmouth collision of the Rangers’ opening coaching camp scrimmage on Thursday.
There was apparently no hurt completed, with the netminder remaining within the internet with out incident for the rest of the session. If this retains up, nevertheless, maybe the teaching workers would possibly wish to put Shesterkin right into a pink non-contact jersey to be able to pound dwelling the purpose that the group’s most beneficial participant is off limits.
This, by the way in which, recollects the time that shooters would typically hearth excessive at Henrik Lundqvist throughout practices run by then head coach John Tortorella, who mocked a reporter (take three guesses) for privately advising the King to easily depart the web the subsequent time it occurred.
Adam Sykora was the wrongdoer the primary time, brushing Shesterkin. The 2022 second-rounder instantly made the common signal of “my dangerous.” Jarred Tinordi wound up taking out the netminder the subsequent time defending in opposition to a Jonny Brodzinski drive to the web.
It is hockey. Things occur. There was no malice aforethought in both occasion. Players can’t be anticipated to prance on tip toes. But there should be some contextual measure of propriety right here. No one goes to earn a roster spot by barreling towards or into the blue paint throughout these first 4 days of scrimmaging.
“Obviously you get a bit of involved and also you hope he is OK,” head coach Gerard Gallant stated earlier than revealing he’d talked to his gamers in regards to the do’s and don’ts of camp. “I had informed them earlier than we began that there is not any preventing on the market and there aren’t any huge hits on the market.
“We’re on the market to see some ability, some expertise and [to] play quick. There are 4 days of practice and after that they are enjoying the exhibition video games so you may play these video games quite a bit more durable. I would like guys to indicate some pace and a few ability and a few expertise.
“These [scrimmages] imply nothing to me,” the coach stated. “They imply getting in form and getting ready for the season. They’re not going to make our group off these subsequent few days, belief me.”
The Rangers protected Shesterkin moderately properly for the majority of the season after being negligent in an early November match at the Garden through which the Panthers ran via the crease with impunity. This, you would possibly keep in mind, was adopted by a three-day minicamp throughout a fortuitous break within the schedule that prompted a reset and the 10-1-0 surge that adopted.
This relatively conveniently brings us to Ryan Reaves, definitely not the one powerful participant on the membership however the lone ranger who could be recognized as a tone-setting enforcer.
The 35-year-old winger labored Thursday on a unit with Turner Elson and Patrick Khodorenko. Fellow fourth line candidates Jimmy Vesey and Dryden Hunt flanked Gustav Rydahl, who’s bidding for the spot as fourth-line middle. The 28-year-old Swede’s direct competitors, Ryan Carpenter, skated between Brennan Othmann and Julien Gauthier.
Reaves was a staple in final yr’s lineup, offering veteran management on and off the ice. He was accountable for injecting a big dollop of character and swagger into this system. But he was additionally a wholesome scratch for six of the ultimate 24 regular-season matches and, extra noteworthy, Games 5 and 6 of the Tampa Bay collection. A roster spot is safe, however it isn’t clear that No. 75 can be an computerized within the lineup.
“We have new guys right here who’re on the lookout for alternatives to make the group and also you by no means know what is going on to occur, however I’m not dwelling on it,” No. 75 informed The Post. “If I did, that might sort of twist my head right into a pretzel, which I do not want.
“I did not have my finest recreation in opposition to Tampa, so honest sufficient [on being scratched]. But that was final yr. In Vegas, I used to be scratched for the final recreation of the  Cup last and the next offseason I received my finest contract. So I’m not studying into that.
“If I haven’t got a spot, I’m going to earn it,” Reaves stated. “And if I do, I’m going to maintain it.”