Many New York Rangers will be taking part in Olympic training camps for their respective countries later this month. And while some of the excitement for these camps is tempered by the fact that there will not be any on-ice practices due to insurance reasons, it will still be a time of hope and excitement and debate as to which players actually will play in Sochi come February.
Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, and Ryan McDonagh will take part in the United States' camp, while Rick Nash (pictured) and Marc Staal will be a part of Canada's camp, Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin, and Oscar Lindberg vie for a spot with Team Sweden, and Mats Zuccarello attends Norway's camp. That makes for quite a few Rangers for the Blueshirts Faithful to follow and pull for---though, again, no roster decisions will be made this early.
And the real best part of these Olympic training camps is that when they are over these nine key Rangers will be heading to New York to join their fellow Blueshirts in pre-training camp workouts at the MSG Training Center, and will be that much closer to Alain Vigneault's first camp as coach of the Rangers on September 11.