by Marc Ciampa
The Oilers have moved into the Rangers' dressing room.
A "classroom" type setting for players to break down and analyze video.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - On Friday, the Edmonton Oilers stepped on the ice at the New York Rangers' practice facility just outside Tarrytown, New York - a suburb 35 kilometres north of New York City. They will skate again Saturday and Sunday before departing after Sunday's practice for Raleigh, North Carolina.Click here to view photos of the facility from the Oilers' practice on Friday.
"We're concerned about the break. I think getting away is a good first step," MacTavish noted. "Being able to come here in a close vicinity to Carolina, getting everybody aclimitized, is a good start."
Among the amenities of the facility includes:
- 1,800 square foot complete cardiovascular and weight room
- Steam rooms, whirlpool and cold plunge
- Players' lounges with leather sofas, lounge chairs, 42" High Definition Television, pool and ping pong tables and refreshment center
- Gated parking lots located adjacent to a private entrance into the players' lounge
- Tiered classrooms with high-back theatre style seating
- State-of-the-art video editing rooms
- Coach's lounge and offices
"This will be a good place to get in the right frame of mind," said Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe.
The Training Centre also has an aquatic therapy pool and a fully-equipped kitchen, employing a chef along with a dining room with seating for 40 people. The Oilers of course were not able to take advantage of the pool and kitchen.
When the Oilers defeated Anaheim on Saturday, they were looking at the lengthy break and felt they had to do something to avoid the kind of rust that doomed Colorado, New Jersey and Anaheim earlier in these playoffs.
"We wanted to get out east and started to throw some ideas around of where we were going to go. This was our first choice because we knew the facility, it's away from a lot of the distractions," stated MacTavish.
One of the first things the team noticed when landing in New York was the humidity on the east coast. Spending a few days in that type of weather and skating on ice affected by humidity should also be a benefit.
"We're fortunate to be able to rent this facility from the Rangers. They were kind enough to not charge us such a steep price that a small market team like ours couldn't afford," Lowe chuckled.
The New York Rangers' training staff was also around to help out the Oilers this weekend. The Oilers were certainly appreciative of the Rangers' assistance.
"We'd be happy to reciprocate," said MacTavish. "If New York's out in the finals against Vancouver and want to use our facility, we'd be happy to do that.