A note on the board in the Rangers dressing room at the MSG Training Center today read: “Dominic, ‘Suit Guy’ from Montreal Coming Tomorrow.”
That’s when you know you’ve made it to the NHL. I don’t think “Suit Guys” are making calls to players in Hartford, and if they are, they’re probably coming from no further than New Haven.
Speaking of Hartford, the Rangers recalled eight players from their AHL camp for tonight’s games against the Islanders (Gentleman, start your Potvin whistles). Here’s the lineup as far as I can tell, although you’ll see I’m still sketchy on the defensive pairings.
Stephen Valiquette is getting the start in goal and is expected to play the whole game.
Brendan Shanahan-Nigel Dawes-Matt Cullen
Lauri Korpikoski-Blair Betts-Greg Moore
Lee Falardeau-Jason Ward-Jarko Immonen
Colton Orr-Ryan Hollweg-Dwight Helminen
In other news, I brought myself to sit down and talk to the recently recalled Greg Moore today even though he’s a dreaded Maine Black Bear and I’m a proud graduate of UNH. Painful as it is for me to admit, he’s not a bad guy.Given the wealth of forwards in camp, I don’t know what sort of chance he has of making the team. But even Moore admitted he’ll need another solid effort tonight (he had two points last Wednesday) to even have a chance.
OK, that’s all for now. Back with more later from the Garden….