The NHL’s presentation of Trading Places: Behind the Benches debuts Thursday night with Alain Vigneault’s Rangers hooking up with John Tortorella’s Canucks.
But while this unique matchup will attract a disproportionate amount of attention across the continent the Blueshirts have way too much unfinished business to complete in this preseason to be concerned with proving a point to anyone on the other side.
And Vigneault has way too many decisions remaining to be concerned with the guys wearing the home uniform whom he coached the previous seven years.
The fact of the matter is the Rangers have looked pretty lousy going 1-3 through their first four exhibition matches. They’ve been at least as disjointed as one would expect operating under this senseless training camp schedule filled with travel and back-to-back games the final set of which concludes with a match in Las Vegas against the Kings on Friday.
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