“Let’s go, let’s make this quick,” Darius Kasparaitis said to me as he untied his skates this afternoon. “Time is money. Money is time.” The defenseman was joking around, and he at least had reason to. After five games watching the Rangers from afar—including the last three horrific losses—the defenseman received word from Tom Renney that he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow night against the Devils.
The timing would seem to ideal for the Rangers. For a team that appears defensively inept and often devoid of any energy, a player like Kasparaitis is likely to provide some energy as well as some levity both on the ice and in the dressing room tomorrow. Whether it’s enough to propel the fragile Rangers past the Devils is another matter. But it should be a start. As for who’s place he’s taking in the lineup, that remains to be seen.
Anyway, a fairly brisk skate for the team today, as you might expect after such a demoralizing loss the night before. I haven’t been around enough losing locker rooms to tell if the team is just putting on a happy face, but there doesn’t seem to be too much panic around the 2-3 Rangers yet.
Of course, “yet” is the key word here, and it’s worth noting that Glen Sather was watching the team practice for most of the morning—something I haven’t seen the GM do since training camp. You could say that’s not worth reading into, but seeing how the team was supposed to be off altogether today, maybe it is.