Some quick news from today:
-Sean Avery has been ruled out of tomorrow night’s season opener in Pittsburgh by coach Tortorella. Avery will still make the trip and be with the team.
-Alexei Semenov was in danger of not making the trip as “conflicts” arose with his newly signed contract earlier today but it seems all has been worked out and Semenov has boarded a plane to be with his teammates. The chance of Semenov being in the lineup tomorrow night is slim as the Rangers will want to see how Michael Del Zotto handles his new power play quarterback role.
– Tortorella says the Rangers will be on the bench tomorrow night during the Pens’ championship banner ceremony because it is “respectful” and “the right thing to do”. Torts also said he has another reason for wanting his team to witness the celebration. “I think it’s good. I’ve been on the end of these, a couple the other way, and I’ve been on one the right way, and I think it’s a great thing, especially for some of the youth on our team. I think it’s good for them to see it, as far as a culmination thing.”
– Michael Del Zotto has been assigned No.4 , which he wore in the minors as a tribute to the great Bobby Orr.
-Tortorella also told reporters that the assistant captains had already been chosen and would be announced at tomorrow’s morning skate. He said the players were chosen by himself and GM Glen Sather without any help from Captain Chris Drury. “Chris is our captain. I’m not a big believer in votes by the team. … It’s our responsibility a we’ve watched a lot of new faces and some guys who have been here, how they’ve handled themselves through camp and exihibition and the coached and (general) manager, we’ve had discussions and we’re going to make that decision.”
-Former Rangers penalty kill specialist Blair Betts has signed a one year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. Let’s hope this move doesn’t come back to haunt us.