New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 8/19/17: Off-Ice Training Ramps Up
OTTAWA, ON - MAY 6: Zack Smith #15 of the Ottawa Senators collides with Brady Skjei #76 of the New York Rangers as Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Ryan McDonagh #27 go the New York Rangers look on in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on May 6, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

In this edition of the New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, take an in depth look at Brady Skjei and Ryan McDonagh‘s off-ice training, Da Beauty League Updates, and more.

Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei seem to be spending a good amount of time together this offseason, hopefully for the better. It can only be a learning experience for Skjej as he is shown the ropes on offseason training after a successful rookie campaign.

This offseason partnership can only mean good things for the Ranger blueline as Skjei continues to develop into a quality top-four defenseman.

In other news, it’s all the rage this offseason, Da Beauty League in Minnesota. Former and current NHLers getting together for a good cause and to stay in hockey shape partake in some summer hockey. The following video goes in-depth with McDonagh and Skjej on how it helps keep them sharp.

You also get to hear from prospects Steven Fogarty and Vinnie Lettieri, who will hope to help Hartford bounce back from an abysmal season, and hopefully make some impressions come training camp.

Pro Hockey Talk profiled the New York Rangers yesterday on Twitter, asking some pertinent questions about this upcoming season. The much maligned Alain Vigneault is discussed, as well as Rick Nash.

  • Frank Curto from Elite Sports New York brings up a pressing question about prospect Anthony DeAngelo and whether or not he can crack the lineup. Read that article here.
Neal Purcell has a tremendous passion for New York Rangers hockey and the sport of hockey in general. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY, Purcell coaches both a high school hockey team and a travel team in the winter. Purcell is also a part of a small family business in the Central New York Region.