Greetings from the Garden.
Something tells me that might become a familiar phrase over the course of this season. Maybe in mid-January, when I’ve just stepped in a puddle of slush en route to the arena, it might get a little tired. At least on a crisp late summer day like today, after walking here from Grand Central, it doesn’t sound so bad.
It hasn’t taken the Rangers long to confront another injury crisis, this after the morning news that Michal Rozsival was undergoing knee surgery to repair some torn meniscus. Now it appears Kevin Weekes re-aggravated his groin at the MSG Training Center today and faces an indefinite absense. The rub of that is Al Montoya, the team’s only player of Hispanic heritage, will not be making the trip to Puerto Rico this weekend, and will instead remain in New York to rehab his shoulder.
I know, it’s confusing. Basically, because Montoya now faces the prospect of starting the season in the NHL, the team needs him to prepare more dilligently alongside goaltending coach Benoit Allaire instead of acting as a de facto ambassador in San Juan.
“We’d love to take him,” Tom Renney said. “But I’ve got a bigger picture in mind.”
Tell me if you’re still confused. My guess is you’er not the only one.