Had a good chat with Ben Thomson out at the Rangers' golf tourney yesterday.
The 20-year-old remains in limbo on the ice. Right now, the New Jersey Devils draft pick doesn't have a deal with the NHL club and is coming back to the Aud.
But that could all change if he impresses at training camp early next month.
The Rangers have four overagers - Thomson, forward Eric Ming, goalie Tyson Teichmann and defenceman Ben Fanelli. Of the four, Thomson is the only one drafted into the bigs. The team can only keep three for the stretch run.
Thomson has participated in two rookie camps, including one earlier this summer. It was the first time the winger met ex-Rangers GM, and current Devils coach, Peter DeBoer.
"I introduced myself to him," he said. "It was a little weird. All the stories I had heard about him but I had never met him face to face."
Thomson's situation is worth monitoring. He could be a valuable piece for an OHL contending team, be in the AHL with the Albany Devils or return with the Rangers.
He certainly has no problem coming back to the Aud. If he does, he aims to be a leader in the young dressing room.
In case you missed it, you can now drink in all seats at the Aud during Rangers games.
It was just vets on the links yesterday. But the entire team will be on the ice today for the first day of training camp.
New Russian Dmitrii Sergeev has already visited the Aud and word is that he was grinning from ear to ear and taking pictures by the team logo.