As promised, “my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061123/SPORTS01/611230391/1046/SPORTS is on the resurgent, or at least less-maddening Marcel Hossa, who has responded well to his assignment on the Rangers’ third line alongside Blair Betts and Jason Ward. Say what you want about the guy. I don’t think he’s going to be cracking the All-Star lineup any time soon. But he’s at least beginning to be more of an impact player.
As for Jed Ortmeyer, it’s probably going to be another week before he starts practicing with contact (for now he looks like Vinny Testaverde, practicing in a yellow jersey so not to get hit), and then it’s a matter of working his way into playing shape. Tom Renney said yesterday that he’s going to be cautious with the right wing, and there’s no reason not to be. Ortmeyer’s entire game depends on energy, and you want him to be in a position where he’s not holding anything back. Better for him to be in ideal shape than not ready enough.
Lastly, as many of you know already “it’s been a fairly emotional week for me”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/21/the-reason-im-here/. I could write an endless list of things I’m thankful for, both related to this blog and not. But for now, let me just say I’m grateful for all of you, and your continued interest in this space. It’s been a fairly time-consuming endeavor, but one that has been more than worthwhile. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and be sure to think of those less fortunate than you — beginning, for instance, with Flyers fans.