Dan Siegel attended the Operation Hat Trick charity game in Atlantic City which featured Henrik Lundqvist, Brad Richards, Brian Boyle, Jeff Halpern, Steve Eminger, Marc Staal, Aaron Asham, Taylor Pyatt and Dan Girardi.
He noted that the players on the Rangers seemed to be playing on a different wavelength than everyone else.
Siegel writes, “There was a distinct contrast between Rangers players on the ice and everyone else. The traits Torts has instilled in their DNA stays with them wherever they go. In a wide open, All-Star type game, Ranger players looked the most in shape and defense minded. Girardi and Staal were defensive partners and would constantly point out positioning to one another and Girardi also blocked a couple of shots.”