With 30 players remaining in training camp and exactly one week left before opening night, the Rangers staged a vigorous practice at the Madison Square Garden Training Center on Thursday.
On Wednesday night at MSG, the Rangers blanked the Boston Bruins 1-0 behind 30 saves from Henrik Lundqvist
. Two players who appeared in that game, defenseman Daniel Girardi and forward Greg Moore, were reassigned to Hartford on Thursday morning, while Francis Lessard, a forward, was added to the training camp roster in preparation for Friday night's preseason game against the Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Rangers have two preseason games remaining, including one on Saturday in Boston. Following the Boston game, the Rangers will travel to upstate New York to participate in three days of practices and team-building activities. Similar team-building exercises last year at West Point were a big hit with the players and coaches, and they played a key role in setting the tone for the Rangers' success in 2005-06.
Rangers head coach Tom Renney met with the media following Thursday's practice and said that Jaromir Jagr would make his preseason debut either Friday or Saturday. In addition, Renney said goaltender Kevin Weekes, who has been hampered by a strained groin, could also see action in one of the two games. Renney said he would like Weekes to get a full game in before the regular season opens.