As promised, I went into further detail on Thomas Pock “in my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061108/SPORTS01/611080366/1046/SPORTS.
A few thoughts:
There have been a few questions about whether Pock would ever return to forward, which he played growing up and for most of his career at UMass. I asked Pock about it yesterday and he said, “I’m not going to argue if they want to put me there.” That might sound fairly open-ended, but the other part is that he’s pretty sure the Rangers see him as only a defenseman. Furthermore, given the Rangers depth at forward — both in New York and in Hartford — it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Unlike with “the prospect Greg Moore, who hails from the University of Maine”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/09/25/welcome-back/, I harbor no personal resentment toward Pock despite playing four years at another Hockey East school (this, of course, goes back to my allegiance to my beloved alma mater, the University of New Hampshire). The difference? C’mon, it’s UMass. I almost forgot they had a hockey team.
No word yet on the starting goalie for tonight but I’ll be sure to pass it along when I have it. Here’s some insight, though: it’ll be either Lundqvist or Weekes — one of those two, for sure. Or maybe someone else. You never know. Seriously, I have to think Tom Renney was just being coy when he didn’t name a starter yesterday, and that he’s leaning toward Lundqvist. Of course, I said that last time, too, and “look where that got me”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/05/henrik-who/.
OK, back later…