Not a whole of surprises in terms of who is making the trip south for the Rangers’ preseason game in Puerto Rico, although it’s worth noting that Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky, and Nigel Dawes are all on board.
Jaromir Jagr took part in the team’s workout prior to their flight south, but as expected, he is not going. The rest:
Brendan Shanahan-Martin Straka-Michael Nylander
Adam Hall-Nigel Dawes-Blair Betts
Matt Cullen-Petr Prucha-Colton Orr
Ryan Hollweg-Brandon Dubinsky-Jason Ward
Thomas Pock-Darius Kasparitis
Aaron Ward-Fedor Tyutin
Marek Malik-Marc Staal
Al Montoya-Stephen Valiquette
It’s worth noting that the Rangers’ writers are taking part in a roster pool to decide who will be on the opening night roster, and this is essentially the team I turned in by last night’s deadline. The two exceptions were Valiquette, who will presumably be replaced by Henrik Lundqvist, and Staal, who I assumed would be sent back to juniors.
Of course, the reason I had Martin Richter instead of Staal was that I hadn’t completely grasped the fact that the Rangers get a 10-game window to look at Staal before they would have to send him down. Had I known that, I would have had him as well.
Oh well. You learn something every day in this job.
By the way, when Tom Renney was going over the roster with us, we told him about the pool. “That’s a good idea,” he said.
Yes, we said. But you can’t be in on it. That wouldn’t exactly be fair.