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Gerard Gallant says rookie Vitali Kravtsov has to earn his spot

New York Rangers right wing Vitali Kravtsov (74) during practice in Tarrytown, NY on Saturday, September 25, 2021 Credit: Noah K. Murray

Following his first morning skate as Rangers coach, before the Blueshirts opened their preseason Sunday night against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, coach Gerard Gallant admitted there aren’t really a lot of jobs available on his team for young guys to win.

"There's not a lot,’’ he said. "Yeah, you know, every coach, or manager says there's jobs available. There's always jobs available when people come up and take the jobs -- and that's all part of the game.