I hit up Kitchener's practice yesterday and it was a spirited one.
Lots of intensity and focus, at least from a spectator's point of view.
No Justin Bailey who is nursing the flu. Nick Magyar was also on the sidelines for a "maintenance day." Both are expected to dress Friday against the Plymouth Whalers.
Rookie Mike Davies remains out with a concussion.
Yesterday's lines had Scott Teskey playing with Curtis Meighan and Darby Llewellyn while Jimmy Soper took Magyar's place.
Here's the Record's story on local reporter Tieja MacLaughlin, who covered the Rangers on and off last year. The 25-year-old was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill her 19-year-old hockey player boyfriend Jackson Playfair, who skates in the WHL.
Meanwhile, former Rangers' centre Andrew Crescenzi was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Los Angeles Kings. Crescenzi had been playing with Steve Spott's AHL Marlies.
It was 12 years ago today that Rangers' assistant coach Mike Van Ryn scored his first NHL goal.
The blast "from the point" beat Buffalo's Martin Biron. It was a day after Van Ryn's dad's birthday.
"I gave him the puck," recalled Van Ryn.