The New York Rangers returned to the MSG Training Center where they begun day number three of training camp, with on-ice group skates. There were a ton of updates that came out, and instead of creating a separate story for each individual one, we decided to a massive update post. So let's get to it.
- Martin Biron returned to the ice for the first time since training camp opened, as he returned from whatever personal issue he was dealing with it. Without going into any major details, Biron mentioned that he was 100% healthy, and ready to compete for a spot.
- Adding onto Biron's issue, you did read that "ready to compete for a spot" correctly. Alain Vigneault met with the media following one of the group skates, and mentioned that Johan Hedberg will be competing for a backup role. He didn't get into any details, but said that they brought Hedberg in for a reason. It's a little surprising to see that, but maybe it will push Biron to be even better come the regular season.
- Dylan McIlrath has been battled all of last year with a significant knee injury, that had him taking a step back in development. McIlrath stated that his surgically repaired knee "feels 100%", and that he's excited for a shot at a roster spot.
- J.T. Miller suffered a slight hamstring tweak during yesterday's skate, which was said to be very minor, and he was expected to return to the ice today. That was in fact true, and Miller was back on the ice during his group session. However, nearing the end of the drills, Miller had left the ice once again, and appeared to be favoring his hamstring. There were no further updates provided just yet, but it's definitely not good to see. Miller has been sidelined for quite a while with his wrist injury, and now his hamstring. The kid can't catch a break.
- When the Rangers brought assistant coach Scott Arniel on board, there was some cause for concern between himself and Derick Brassard. They had a bumpy ending to their relationship in Columbus, and some were worried that it would carry over to New York. Brassard said that he had called Arniel once he was hired, and buried the hatchet. He anticipates Arniel being a great addition to the Rangers forward core, and power play.
- While head coach Alain Vigneault hasn't gone into full detail about the team's system, today's main focus was on driving the net, and causing trouble in front.