: Pre-Game Talk:
2013-2014 Training Camp/Preseason Discussion Thread Part 2
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09-20-2013, 06:22 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
The Rangers have the day off today. Not yesterday. The team skated yesterday in Banff before the charity gold event. The CBA calls for players to have two days off during training camp.
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has played with Richards off and on for going on two years now.
“You can see it in him, he seems like a new guy,” Callahan said. “He’s come in excited. The thing about Richie is, he’s a pro. He realizes he needs a bounce back from last year, but he’s done it for so many years. I expect great things from him.”
The Rangers are currently missing Callahan and Carl Hagelin, both recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, and Derek Stepan because of a contract dispute.
“I’m very confident in the team,” Richards said. “We have a whole line out right now. If you put that line back in, it’s a pretty good line – and we still have other good players. … We feel pretty deep at all positions.
“Two years ago, we were one win away from going to the Stanley Cup final, so … we’re definitely in the mix. There are so many things that go into it. We’ve got him in net,” Richards said, pointing at Lundqvist – “and our [defence] is great and we have some good depth at forward. Now, we’ve just got to put it together.”
Two wins away. They blew the Jersey series. Up 2-1 in the series and lost 3 straight.
Richards had 66 points in his first year. He was on pace for 60 last season. Richards will most likely be in that range again.
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