The Whale began training camp Sunday at the expansive MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y. With the NHL locked out, the facility will be home to the AHL Whale for a week.
But head coach Ken Gernander pointed out last week that this isn't a huge change for some of the players. Experienced players and top prospects would have started camp with the Rangers, training at the MGS Center.
And the other top prospects would have played at the Traverse City prospects tournament under the eyes of the organization.
So spending a week of camp in the New York spotlight is not necessarily out of the ordinary for the Rangers' AHL players.
"It's not a huge difference for a lot of these players," Gernander said. "A lot of guys would be NHL camp before they're sent to Hartford."
The team will make its first Connecticut appearance Wednesday night, when the Whale hosts the Albany Devils at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell. They'll be at Trinity's Koeppel Community Center Sunday (2 p.m.) against Worcester and the team will relocate to Hartford after that game.
The regular season starts Oct. 12 against Bridgeport at the XL Center.
There was also a roster addition Monday: Forward Jordie Johnson signed an AHL contract with the Whale after playing three game with the Sound Tigers last year. Johnson played at Ferris State, scoring 20 goals last year and 30 over four years.
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