The Rangers were on the ice Monday for practice, and aren't back in action until Thursday when they travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers. It's a long game-layoff for the team, so here are your morning notes.
Alain Vigneault put the Rangers through a difficult practice Monday, setting the tone for the week. [ESPN NY]
Many fans have been clamoring for Chris Kreider to get the call from Hartford. Now that he's been recalled, there's certainly been a lot written about him. A few takes from Monday.
- Why the Rangers need Kreider to prove himself now. [Daily News]
- After going through practice on Monday, Vigenault thought Kreider looked sharp. [ESPN NY]
- Henrik Lundqvist was given a day off from practice Monday, which was labeled a "maintenance day." [Rangers Rants]
- Kreider is back in the NHL, but is no savior for the Rangers. [New York Post]
The Rangers are going through some system changes under Vigneault, giving the defensemen more responsibility and putting them in the spotlight. [Blueshirt Banter]
After being passed over for the Rangers' head coaching job, Mark Messier holds no ill-feelings toward the team. [New York Post]
A look inside the Metropolitan Division, which isn't doing so well. [Blueshirt Banter]