The New York Rangers have some exciting events planned, in addition to a great team roster. The Rangers lineup includes team forward players Blair Betts, Ryan Callahan, Nigel Dawes, Chris Drury, Brandon Dubinsky, Dan Fritsche, Scott Gomez, Lauri Korpikoski, Markus Naslund, Colton Orr, Petr Prucha, Fredrik Sjostrom, Aaron Voros and Nikolai Zherdev. Team defensemen players include Dan Girardi, Dmitri Kalinin, Paul Mara, Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival, and Mark Staal. Goalies for the Rangers are Henrik Lundqvist and Stephen Valiquette.
With a win over the Ducks on the 20th of this month, the Rangers finish out the month with two away games against the Penguins and the Bruins. In February, the Rangers will host home games against the Thrashers, Capitals, Flyers, Islanders, Maple Leafs, Panthers and the Avalanche. Away games in February will put the Rangers on the road for games against the Stars, Deviles, Blues, Sabres and Maple Leafs. In March, the Rangers will continue their road riding and take to the ice as visitors in games against the Islanders, Hurricanes, Predators, Flyers, Canadiens, Thrashers and Penguins. Home games in March will find the Rangers hosting games against the Bruins, Flyers, Sabres, Senators, Wild and the Devils.
As the season comes to a close, the Rangers will play three away games against the Hurricanes, Bruins and Flyers with the game against Flyers closing the season on Sunday, April 12. Also in April, the Rangers will host two home games against the Canadiens and the Flyers.
Regular training at the Madison Square Garden training center involves a great team of staff members which include coaches, trainers and medical staff. Rangers coaches include head coach Tom Renney, assistant coach Benoit Allaire, assistant coach Perry Pearn and assistant coach Mike Pelino. Other essential staff includes head athletic trainer Jim Ramsay, equipment manager Acaio Marques assistant equipment manager James Johnson, massage therapist/assistant trainer Bruce Lifrieri, strength and conditioning coordinator Reg Grant, strength and conditioning advisor Daniel Hedin and video coach Jerry Dineen. Medical staff for the Rangers includes team physician and orthopedic surgeon Andrew Feldman, assistant team physician Anthony Maddalo, medical consultant Ronald Weissman, team dentist Joe Esposito, team dentist Don Salomon and team dentist Jeff Shapiro.
This year in February, the Rangers club is planning Adam Graves Night, which is a special ceremony that will honor Graves for his 18 years of association with the Rangers. The event marks the beginning of 12 weeks of coverage of Graves career, which has spanned 10 seasons with the Rangers beginning in 1991 and including 68 playoff games with the team. Graves has experienced a great career with the Rangers. At the start of his career it was a breakout season for Graves. And who can forget the 1993-94 season when the Graves and the rest of the Rangers team walked away with a well-deserved Stanley Cup!