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Rangers layoff plans show how much things have changed

Rangers layoff plans show how much things have changed
Published On: Tue, Dec 04
Feb 26, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) controls the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (50) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Regarding the Rangers, who will receive a reminder this week of the organizationa€™s ongoing culture change.

1. Not only five days between games, but five days without a game leading into a swing through Florida that will feature matches in Sunrise on Saturday and in Tampa on Monday.

In the good old days a€” all the way back to, say, 2017-18 a€” the Rangers likely would have embarked for the sun and surf no later than Wednesday. Probably would have been a couple of practices. But therea€™d have been beach time, too. No question.

Now, Rye Beach at the other end of 287 is about as close as theya€™ll come this week. For the Rangers will be treated to a four-day David Quinn boot camp at the cluba€™s very own training facility in beauteous Tarrytown, with practices running Tuesday through Friday before the flight south.

And no, this is not a reaction to the run of slovenly creations through which the Blueshirts have stumbled in going 1-4-1 starting with that Nov. 23 shutout defeat in Philadelphia. The itinerary has been set for weeks. These days, R&R means Repeat & Repeat (Again Until Ita€™s Right).

a€œWe want to practice,a€ Chris Kreider said before this past lost weekend. a€œIta€™s going to be good for us to get the reps. We need it.a€

It is not punishment. It is business the way the Rangers now conduct it.

2. Here, though, is an example of punishment relating to a change in a warm-weather tripa€™s itinerary. During a disappointing 1988-89 season that ate away at general manager Lou Lamoriello, the Devils started a five-game trip with a Jan. 28 game in Minnesota that preceded a Feb. 2 match in LA before the trek would continue to Edmonton, Detroit and Montreal.

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