Perhaps the most-asked question by Rangers fans throughout the elongated off-season has been Will Marian Gaborik's surgically-repaired shoulder be ready to go when the Blueshirts open up training camp and the regular season?
Rangers head coach John Tortorella gave a simple and direct answer to that question on Monday.
"Gaby is fine," Tortorella said of the player who led the Rangers with 41 goals and 76 points last season. "Gaby has been fine for a while."
In fact the Rangers report that all of the players are healthy entering training camp, with the lone exception being defenseman Michael Sauer, who suffered a concussion in December of 2011 after absorbing a hit from Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf. Sauer will not be with the club when training camp opens later this week.
Counted among the healthy Blueshirts are Rick Nash (groin) and Carl Hagelin (shoulder), who suffered minor injuries while playing in Europe. Both were among 15 Rangers that took part in an informal skate at the MSG Training Center on Monday. And afterwards both said they are completely healthy.
"We have to be really careful with what we give (the players), how we give it to them," Tortorella said of the shortened training camp. "Nothing we can do about the time period. We'll just go to work with it...but we are aware that you can't do three weeks of conditioning in a one-week camp. We have to be careful there."
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