If that happens over the course of the season, one imagines Igor Shesterkin would have more of a reaction than smashing his stick against the rear glass of his own after being slightly limp after the second Golmouth clash of Rangers’ inaugural training camp scrimmage . Thursday.
Apparently no damage was done, with Netminder staying in the net without incident for the rest of the season. If this continues, however, perhaps the coaching staff will want to put Shesterkin in a red non-contact jersey to drive home the point that the team’s most valuable player is out of bounds.
It, by the way, recalls a time when shooters regularly fired high fire at Heinrich Lundqvist during drills run by then-head coach John Tortorella, who mocked a reporter (guess three) privately. This happened in order to advise the king to leave the net next time.
Adam Sikora was the culprit the first time she brushed off Shesterkin. The 2022 second rounder immediately gave the universal prompt of “My Bad.” Jared Tinordi knocks out Netminder to defend against the net the next time Johnny Brodzinski drives.
This is hockey. Things keep happening. There was no premeditation in any case. Players cannot be expected to bounce on tip toes. But there must be some relevant measure of justification here. No one is going to earn a roster spot during these first four days of mayhem or leaning toward the blue.
“Obviously you’re a little worried and you hope he’s okay,” head coach Gerard Gallant said before revealing. “I told him before I started that there is no fight and there are no big hits.
“We’re out to see some skill, some talent and [to] play fast. There’s four days of practice and after that they’re playing exhibition games so you can play those games more difficult. I want people to show some speed and some skill and some talent.
“These [scrimmages] Doesn’t make sense to me, ”said the coach. “That means getting in shape and ready for the season. They are not going to throw our team out in these next few days, trust me.”
Rangers defended Shesterkin fairly well for much of the season after being negligent in the opening match in November at the Garden. Panthers ran through the crease with impunity, This, you may recall, was followed by a three-day minicamp during an accidental break in the schedule that prompted a reset and then a 10-1-0 rise.
This easily brings us to Ryan Reeves, certainly not the only tough player in the club but the lone Ranger who can be recognized as a tone-setting enforcer.
The 35-year-old winger worked in a unit with Turner Elson and Patrick Khodorenko on Thursday. Fellow fourth-row candidates Jimmy Vesey and Dryden Hunt edged out Gustav Rydahl, who is bidding for the spot as a fourth-row center. The 28-year-old skated between Sweden’s direct competition, Ryan Carpenter, Brennan Othmann and Julian Gauthier.
Reeves was a staple in last year’s lineup, providing an experienced lead on and off the ice. He was responsible for injecting a huge dollop of personality and swagger into the program. But he was also a healthy scratch for six of the final 24 regular-season matches and, more notable, games 5 and 6 of the Tampa Bay series. The roster spot is secure, but it is unclear if the number 75 in the lineup will be an automatic.
“We have new guys here looking for opportunities to team up and you never know what’s going to happen, but I’m not obsessing over it,” Number 75 told The Post. “If I did, he’d turn my head into a pretzel, which I don’t need.
“I didn’t play my best game against Tampa, so pretty fair [on being scratched], But that was last year. In Vegas, I was scratched for the last game of  I got my best contract in the cup final and the next season. So I’m not reading that.
“If I don’t have the place, I’m going to earn it,” Reeves said. “And if I do, I’m going to keep it.”