Reports out of Day 1 of Camp Torturella are all relatively positive in terms of the conditioning of the New York Rangers, which tells you how committed the team is to being prepared for a big season. Sean Avery was cited as one of those who was the most impressive to start the day, but the conditioning of Avery has never been in question.
Beyond Avery the standouts were rookies trying to make the team with Tim Erixon, Ryan Bourque and Carl Hagelin making their turn at the conditioning drills look relatively easy. It is impressive to see how driven these rookies are in trying to earn their way on the club from opening night. There could be some advantage for these guys having played in Traverse City this past week so their conditioning level could be slightly higher than those who have scrimmaged at best. The Rangers veterans better be ready to fight for their spots on the roster because these rookies are certainly ready to take them away.
While the news on the conditioning front was good there was injury news with Michael Sauer and Artem Anisimov sitting out today with knee injuries. For Sauer the injury is something that was sustained during the summer and earlier today I looked at whether it is a cause for concern. With Anisimov the injury is something that was discovered during a physical and he not only sat out, but had a precautionary MRI that came back negative. Sauer is expected to be on the ice tomorrow, but no timetable was given for Anisimov.