We’re not even two months into the schedule and I’ve already committed my first major fashion faux pas of the season, showing up at the Garden tonight in a pair of wrinkled jeans. For someone whose idea of dressing up is a new pair of sneakers, I suppose it was only a matter of time. I just figured I’d make it past the new year.
In a related story, I’m told that Miss World, Tatana Kucharova will be in attendance tonight. Out of fairness to my wife, I figured I didn’t want to look TOO good (to which one can respond: that’s not much of a challenge).
Still, I’m better off than others. Start with my counterpart John Dellapina of the Daily News, who is nursing an injury to his left pinkie, and who was being openly mocked by the likes of Tom Renney and Jaromir Jagr while being tended to by Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay outside the team locker room. Of course, Dellapina has reason to be concerned. Right now he says it’s difficult to type the word “Rangers,” which is sort of important given his job. In particular, he’s struggling with the letter “a,” so I wouldn’t expect any Al Arbour profiles in the Daily News in the days to come.
As for legitimate hockey news…
An interesting revelation from Tom Renney about his use of enforcer Colton Orr. All along we — or at least I — thought that decision fell completely to the coaching staff, but it turns out the players are behind it just as much, if not more. “We like our team with Colton in it,” he said. “We seem to be a stronger more assertive team with him playing. It’s sort of the karma among the players. They like having Colton’s presence.” Of course, Renney never technically said that his players felt more protected, but that seemed to be the implication.
Related to the recent call-up of Ryan Callahan, the question had been asked about whether the Rangers could just randomly call up players from Hartford purely for practices without actually making a roster move. The word from the team is no, that players called up have to be included on the roster, and hence, are entitled to an NHL salary. In other words, the Callahan situation is unique given the break in Hartford’s schedule.
Renney acknowledged he’s pulled certain struggling players — i.e. Adam Hall — aside to help coax them out of their scoring slumps. Hall has just two goals and five points in 24 games so far, and while he hasn’t played terribly, he has appeared flustered of late with the puck on his stick. The guy needs to score a goal soon, if only for his own confidence. Otherwise maybe he’s in need of a night off.
Back with more later…