A few morsels to chew on before the puck drops:
—Henrik Lundqvist said today that he’s moving into Manhattan in part because there wasn’t enough to do in White Plains. As a Westchester native, I find myself offended, outraged, and, of course, in complete agreement with him….
—Apparently Blair Betts took offense, too: he hit Lundqvist in the head with a shot during warm-ups.
—Bad omen for the Rangers: I grabbed the latest issue of Sports Illustrated out of my mailbox before heading into the city, and the magazine’s NHL preview has the Rangers winning the Atlantic Division and finishing second in the Eastern Conference. Of course, I’m fairly certain this mean the Rangers won’t win 10 games all year, and might even disband by season’s end.
—Already controversy looms over the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award that will be shared by Nigel Dawes and Brandon Dubinsky. In a vote of New York media, the two tied as training camp’s top rookie, and yet one respected writer never got a chance to vote because his cell phone didn’t work when the Rangers called. Had he voted, he said he would have cast a ballot for Dawes. Bring in the Supreme Court!….
OK, that’s all for now. Back with more later…