Ryan Callahan, in a chat with ESPN Insider, said that with a large portion of the Rangers being together for the last few years he isn’t worried about the identity of the team.
That identity will be a version of the 2011-12 Rangers who outworked their opponents and were hard to play against and something that Callahan says will need to be more consistent than it was last season.
Callahan said that the Rangers identity comes from the players in the locker room and that the team has stayed close during the offseason.
On their identity, Callahan said “We’ve established that, that’s something we’re going to have to live by.”
Ryan McDonagh told Craig Custance that the team is pretty confident and know that with the hard work and passion that they bring they will be ready for the regular season.
Adam Rotter: The goal for the Rangers, even with the change from John Tortorella to Alain Vigneault, shouldn’t change. They can play a similar style to the one that they have, one that is more open, and be hard to play against, be good defensively and still create offense. That is what the Bruins and Blackhawks do, two teams Glen Sather mentioned when Vigneault was hired, and that is probably what the Rangers will be. Alain Vigneault isn’t bringing a wide open style of hockey, he will open things up but still put a big emphasis on defense.