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Peter Laviolette hopes early road trip can help Rangers bond

SEATTLE — The Rangers embark on their longest road trip of the season, visiting five cities in 12 days, their longest road trip since the 2021-22 season.

For a team with several new faces, including a first-year coach, the Blueshirts seem to welcome the opportunity to spend some quality time together early in the season.

“I think sometimes that’s a good thing, especially with a new group,” head coach Peter Laviolette said of the long road trip. “I think it’s good to be on the road and you get more time than you would have on a practice day at home or a game day at home. You’re just coming to work. Here, you’re actually You’re kind of united to some degree and you’re married to the people you’re traveling with, and that’s a good thing too.

“I think when you go on a trip like this, part of it is to play well and win. If you want things to be positive for a long road trip in the new year, you have to invest in the game and take care of business during the game. There is.”

After Saturday night’s game against the Kraken, the Rangers will stay in Seattle for a few more days before heading off on a trip to Western Canada.


Rangers celebrate their victory.
Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

The team plans to take Sunday off, practice in Seattle on Monday and then board a plane to Calgary.

From there, the Rangers will travel to Edmonton, Vancouver and finish in Winnipeg.

All games will be spread out, with no back-to-back contests typically scheduled for a trip of this size. In fact, the Rangers won’t play their first back-to-back games until late November, playing the Flyers in Philadelphia on the 24th and at home against the Bruins on the 25th.

Although there will be a lot of competition on this trip, three playoff teams from last season will be participating: the Kraken, Oilers, and Jets. Either way, the Rangers need to set the tone going forward after a mixed performance through the first four games of the season.

“I’m not happy with how I played last night.” [in the 4-1 loss to Nashville]” said Jimmy Vesey. “So this is our first chance to respond.”

The Rangers have eliminated their preseason social trip to Rhode Island, but spending 12 days together in the first month of the season should give the team plenty of time to bond.

Maybe they’ll enjoy playing football together on Sundays off Seattle.

“When you’re together for 12 days, obviously you’re going to be spending a lot of time together,” Braden Schneider said. “I think it’s a good thing to start this early this year. It’s a long journey. It’s a tough journey. I don’t think it matters. [what], we want to win as many games as possible. This is a good way to grow your game. It’s a chance to play a lot of games and tough games, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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