Tonight at 10:30PM the New York Rangers were going to open up the 2012-13 season against the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
For opening night in LA, Friedman writes about how LA would celebrate being the Stanley Cup champions and adds:
The Rangers opened up the 2009-10 season against the defending Champion Penguins and John Tortorella had every intention of having the Rangers watch the ceremony from the bench but said that it went long and that the Penguins seem to want them out of the way.
At the time, Tortorella said “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.”