Since signing a three-year deal with the Rangers on the first day of free agency, Tanner Glass has generated much more discussion than a fourth line player normally does. That’s because Glass’ possession stats are about the worst you will see, so he became somewhat of a lightning rod for the same old performance metrics debates.
Today was the official start of training camp. Although there was no on-ice activities, Alain Vigneault did speak to the media.
Some notes from Vigneault’s opening press conference:
The Rangers will be among several clubs that will use computer chips to track player movement on the ice, according to a TSN report.
The team presidents also heard from several clubs including the New York Rangers who are planning to use jerseys this year that have computer chips built in. The chips will allow teams to more accurately track a player’s speed and movements on the ice for use in advanced statistical analysis.
Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers and Marc Staal are still a bit apart on talks for a new contract.
Brooks reports that the Rangers are believed to be offering (maybe a tad under) $5.5 million per for six years, while Staal is seeking $6 million a season seven times over.
The Rangers lost 6-3 to the Wild in the 5th place game in the Traverse City prospects tournament. Kevin Hayes, Ryan Haggerty and Anthony Duclair had the Ranger goals.
Thanks to 33 saves on 36 shots from Traverse City native Brandon Halverson, the Rangers’ prospect squad managed to get to overtime for the third straight game. However, they eventually lost during 3-on-3 play.