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Mood upbeat as camp opens at training center

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Brendan Shanahan and his new Rangers teammates begin skating at the Training Center on Friday.
The New York Rangers' 2006-07 training camp got off to a fast start at the Madison Square Garden Training Center on Thursday, as more than 60 players assembled for fitness evaluations and medicals.

The atmosphere resembled the first day back at a school or college, as friends who hadn't seen each other in months talked about their summers while waiting their turn at everything from physicals to photographs. Several members of the team, including head coach Tom Renney and right wing Jaromir Jagr, held informal news conferences in the players' lounge with print and television reporters, who also turned out in force on Thursday.

For newcomers, including this summer's free-agent additions, it was a chance to meet new teammates and begin to absorb life as a Ranger. Just about the only thing the players didn't get to do on Thursday was skate - but they'll have plenty of time for that over the next couple of weeks, as they are all scheduled to hit the ice for the first time on Friday.

With nearly triple the number of players that make up a regular-season roster in camp, the group has been split into three divisions -- called Red, White and Blue -- that will practice together for the camp's first few days. Each group includes a mix of Rangers veterans and prospects.

Stick with throughout the days ahead for photos, video, exclusive player interviews and much more from the Training Center.

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