Rangers Roundup: First practice of the season, Laviolette wants greatness, and more

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The New York Rangers conducted their physicals on Wednesday and all 58 players at camp were given a clean bill of health. Today, they’ll hit the ice for their first set of practices under Peter Laviolette.

Here’s the schedule for September 21, 2023:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Groups 1 & 2 Practice
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Groups 3 & 4 Practice
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Groups 5 & 6 Practice

“We’ll push the pace and get the guys moving,” Laviolette said. “We’ll get into a lot of the systems going one way and then the second day, we’ll get a lot of systems coming back the other way.”

Related: 3 big takeaways from Peter Laviolette’s press conference

Peter Laviolette wants greatness from Rangers

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Peter Laviolette watches the Austin Watson suspension press conference held by the Nasvhille Predators from the back of the room. Watson Suspension Lavilotte 091218

The Blueshirts new bench boss spoke to the media for over 18 minutes and addressed a number of topics.

Through that conversation, we learned that Alexis Lafreniere will start training camp as a right wing, there will be no changes to the leadership group, and Laviolette is open to anything regarding the lineup.

When asked if he had a message to deliver to his new team at the start of camp, Laviolette focused on what he expects each player to be.

“The one message from me to the players is every day to come in and try to show your greatness,” he said. “Inside of a team sport, we need players to be great.”

Highlights from media day

The Rangers also participated in media day, where they put on their sweaters and have some fun. Here are a few highlights for you to enjoy.

Filip Chytil drops some cabbage on Mika Zibanejad.

Sights and Sounds from media day:

Rangers add a goalie via PTO

“The Rangers have signed goaltender Brad Arvanitis to a PTO,” the Rangers announced. “The Holliston, MA, native spent the 2022-23 season in the ECHL with the Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder. He also played with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).”

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