More on Kasparaitis


Apparently the defenseman’s sour mood after his on-ice conditioning test today came with a reason.

Working out for Rangers assistant Mike Pelino, Kasparaitis’ sprint times were several seconds slower than those of both Colton Orr and Sandis Ozolinsh — a pairing that is not exactly Bure and Fedorov in their primes. When Pelino announced Kasparaitis’ time, the defenseman cursed loudly, slammed his stick against the boards, then lay quiet on the ice for several seconds. A few moments after that is when the defenseman came in to talk to us.

Again, the whole sequence just shows the defenseman isn’t where he wants to be in his recovery, and that it’s obviously starting to frustrate him.

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  1. Sam, great job in keeping us posted. I’m going to stop looking at all other websites to get Ranger reports and just start coming here more often. Great job with this blog.

  2. Sam please keep up the great work. This is the most dedicated blog I have ever seen.

    Who was faster Ozolinsh or Orr?

  3. Thanks Sam… to echo everyone else, you are doing a fantastic job with the BLOG… it is perfect for the fans that can;t get enough real news.

  4. Anthony (Abev) on

    Sam, any chance Kasparaitus’ problems stem from his of the ice life? Getting up and walking away mid-sentence almost sounds like either 1) he was ready to cry 2) he was ready to strangle someone. Maybe his heart just isnt into it?

  5. Sam, any insight into the status of Ozolinsh’s alcoholism? It seems like the elephant in the room again. No one expresses concern over it or, not to be tacky, its impact on his future with the Rangers…

  6. Actually, Kaspar talked about it and says that it will always be an ongoing battle for Ozo, he knows because he himself had gone through it. He says Ozo has support from the team and his teamates and that it was a private battle that if Ozo wanted to talk about more publicly then it would be up to him.

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