The actual fact the Rangers are holding Barclay Goodrow out of team scrimmages within an abundance of caution shouldn’t be of concern, because once we saw through the playoffs, nothing could keep the utility forward off the ice once the real games begin.
Coming off a broken ankle that sidelined him for 11 games on the first and second rounds of the postseason before his inexplicable return in Game 6 contrary to the Hurricanes Goodrow is easing himself back to competitive play. Considering how important a job Goodrow plays with this team, its understandable why the business would prefer to be safe than sorry.
It feels good, Goodrow said Thursday afternoon following the first on-ice day of training camp at MSG Training Center in Tarrytown. How it feels today in comparison to per month ago even, its all the time. If the growing season started tomorrow I possibly could play no issue, but we just discussed taking your time and making certain its 1,000 percent.
Its an extended season, its something I dont desire to be nagging around and lingering entering the season. You might as well allow it completely heal and make certain its 100 percent.
Goodrow said his plan would be to participate in at the very least a few of the six preseason games, which begin on Monday contrary to the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Head coach Gerard Gallant echoed that sentiment, but noted that it could not be immediately.
The way-too-early-to-matter line combinations have Goodrow skating on the fourth line, but Gallant said the winger will dsicover some time at the top unit close to Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. Sammy Blais, who’s back the mix after an ACL tear sidelined him for most last season, gets the first try that right-wing spot.
However, Gallant shows an affinity toward plugging Goodrow in every regions of the lineup.
I was pleased to see Sammy complete that scrimmage and play just how he did, Gallant said. Im sure he really was excited because its been  months since he really played. He worked hard. It had been good, he got through it and everything really was good. I understand confidence-wise for him, it had been huge.
Goodrow will probably be there a bit and [Sammy is] likely to be there a bit. Well see where we go from there. Great day for him.