I know, I know…thrilling, thrilling stuff. But from someone who’s been around the Mets, Yankees, Giants and Jets plenty over the last few months, even slow days at Rangers practice seem interesting. Why? Because hockey players, on the whole, don’t view us as annoyances.
Anyway, two quick things of note:
1. The pertinent Ã¢â‚¬â€ Talk centered around tomorrow’s meeting with the Penguins, who beat the listless Rangers 3-1 last week in Pittsburgh when the Blueshirts committed 12 penalties and allowed two power-play goals. Aaron Ward had unique insight into that loss: He said the team didn’t play poorly, it just never found it’s direction. “It wasn’t that it wasn’t there,” Ward said. “We just couldn’t find it.”
Now, I know that sounds like a Yogi-ism, but Ward believes the team just wasn’t sure what it wanted to do against the Penguins that night. Do you guys buy it???
2. The funny Ã¢â‚¬â€ During practice, four young kids sat in a row of seats along the glass watching the team cycle through a conditioning drill. As the drill ended, Darius Kasparaitis skated by and, with a big grin on his face, smacked his stick against the glass. Basically, just his way of saying hello and giving the kids a thrill.
But just as Kasparaitis swooped by, Jed Ortmeyer, the man in the yellow jersey who’s supposed to be off-limits, gently checked Kasparaitis into the glass. By the look on his face, Kasparaitis never saw it coming.
The kids, of course, seemed to think it was the greatest thing ever. I’m sure Ortmeyer did, too. Must’ve been nice to lay into somebody, yellow jersey be damned.
OK, that’s all. Hopefully, I won’t go another two months without checking in. Until then, GO BU. The beloved Terriers rallied from two 1-goal deficits in the third period on the road to tie hated UNH on Nov. 10th. I bet Sam didn’t get around to mentioning that. Must’ve been busy counting his alma mater’s national championships. (Oh wait, they have none.)