NY Rangers training camp: Igor Shesterkin avoids injury


TARRYTOWN – The entire MSG Training Center went silent, which made Igor Shesterkin’s angry slam of his stick into boards that much more jarring.

For a moment, fear engulfed the first scrimmage of this New York Rangers’ training camp. The last thing they need at this early juncture is an injury to their most important player, who came up favoring his right leg following a collision with forward Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Jarred Tinordi on Thursday. But after a brief display of frustration and stoppage in play, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner returned to his net and continued.

Crisis averted.

“I knew he was fine,” head coach Gerard Gallant said. “Obviously you get a little concerned and say, ‘I hope he’s okay.’ But you know right away. I got a scare when Chris Kreider fell on the boards on the first shift at the other end, but that’s hockey. That’s training camp. You hope you have a good training camp, they work hard, and you hope you stay healthy.”

Aside from one incident that luckily turned out to be minor, the Blueshirts had a smooth first day on the ice.

The 66 players at camp were split into three groups, with two scrimmaging in the morning while the third practiced in the afternoon. They were able to roll right into hockey activities because all of the participants reported early enough to complete the standard on-ice testing prior to Thursday.