Straka and Ward in; Callahan gone

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So long Ryan Callahan, we hardly knew ye.

Maybe it’s for the best that the right wing was shipped to Hartford now that both Jason Ward and Martin Straka will be back in the lineup tonight. Given the pressure cooker that is likely to be Rangers-Islanders, the 21-year-old rookie might have been scrambling even more than he was the other night in Buffalo.

Speaking of which, believe it or not, but there is something resembling a genuine buzz in the hallways outside both the Rangers and Islanders locker rooms. Multiple TV crews. An abundance of reporters. If I didn’t know better, I’d actually think I was covering a major professional sport.

With that, a few quick pre-game hits:

  • For all the Islanders’ early season success, one person who hasn’t been surprised is Tom Renney, whose history with Isles coach Ted Nolan goes back to their days coaching juniors. The two even squared off against one another in the 1992 Memorial Cup finals, when Renney’s Kamloops team beat Renney’s Sault Ste. Marie. Even after their turbulent off-season, Renney said he still knew the Islanders were going to be a handful, in large part because of Nolan.
  • You would think that Rangers-Islanders would be right up Darius Kasparaitis’ alley, but the defenseman will be a scratch for the 10th straight game tonight. Renney was again asked about Kaspar’s status, and he reiterated what he’s said for a while now. “He could play,” the coach said. “Again as I’ve said it’s more a case of six guys who have something going, at least to the point where I don’t want to disrupt that just yet.” Asked how Kasparaitis has handled his inactivity, Renney said the veteran has been a model teammate. But the coach knew even that could be fleeting. “I don’t know how much longer I can say that and believe it myself, to be honest. But he’s been great.” Whether this means something’s bound to change soon remains to be seen. But I can’t imagine the Rangers are going to pay Kasparaitis all this money to sit in the press box.
  • As for the other inactive Rangers defenseman, Thomas Pock is still here despite being offered a conditioning assignment in Hartford. Bear in mind that a conditioning assignment would mean Pock wouldn’t have to go through waivers, so there’s no risk for the Rangers to ship him down for a spell. But it’s worth noting that, according to one Rangers source, teams have been asking about him.

    OK, back with more later…

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    1. Renney said, “”””Asked how Kasparaitis has handled his inactivity, Renney said the veteran has been a model teammate. But the coach knew even that could be fleeting.””””””

      that’s like the guy whose wife called him a “model husband”

      then he looked up the definition of “model”, and it said “a cheap imitation of the real thing”

    2. Callahan joins the “I got Pocked” club.

      Ward will fit right in, now that the DevRangers are playing the trap. Yawn.

    3. Renney was again asked about Kaspar’s status, and he reiterated what he’s said for a while now. “He could play,� the coach said. “Again as I’ve said it’s more a case of six guys who have something going, at least to the point where I don’t want to disrupt that just yet.�

      Got what going? Disrupt what? Renney is a sad joke. Living in the same kind of dream world that Bush lives in. And the joke is on us.

    4. Wow, it just gets worse and worse. Sather must be reading this blog and others (proboards and NYTRF) and is showing his spiteful, arrogant, stubborn side just to spite us here and on other boards (except Rodent/Bird) who are extremely critical of his management.

      I do see where it’s hard to really tell it like it is if you are media. Piss off Sather too much and he’ll ban you. I know Dubi and Jess from BB know they have to straddle the fence and both, including Sam here, do the best they can with those constraints upon them.

      If I were in the media, of course I’d tone down my rhetoric, just enough to survive being banned. I had a lot of practice over at Rodent’s and Bird’s but decided I wasn’t interested in continuing the “straddling the fence” philosophy just to stay on their sites.

      That’s why the comments here kind of get Sam off the hook and we can express what we really feel.

      Question to you Sam, did Larry (Brooks) really get banned from the buffet table???? :)

    5. Can someone please give the Rangers defensemen that defense doesn’t mean gliding back and waving your stick around. For once would you step into an opposing player or take the body.

    6. I’d much rather see Callahan and Pock than Betts and Ward. They are essentially the same useless player.

    7. once again it’s the Raccoon-Bozo pair that is on the ice for the vast majority of opponents’ goals, including both tonight

    8. Can we get a fight to light a fire underneath the Rangers butts, or are we going to play Jagr’s line for the entire rest of the night.

    9. 4Rangers: they havnt played 54 gaems yet this season…and this season is ALL that counts…I could go back more games and make the rangers look better…its so silly…also..Callahan was originaly told he wouldnt be playing…so the fact that he was sent back to the AHL isnt a shock to anyone ESPECIALLY him…I hope after this abismal 1st period Renney wants to change the D, put in BOTH pock and Kasper as a pir, I am sure they have been praticing together, but wait, that might be bad, two guys who havnt played much..OK..so only one of them…Pock for Ozo…at least…

    10. 4Rangers I think thats Ozos fault more than Rachunek…granted that one that went through him was somewhat his fault, but not entirely…would like to see him with a better defensive guy, or a guy with a little more energy and speed (Pock)

    11. hey wildcard, I told you before where you can stuff your mgmt. defending excuses. they have won 22 of their last 54 games, and none of your b.s. can cover up that FACT.

    12. Doodie Machetto on

      all hail the king?

      PS, you put someone like Orr in the lineup for when you are down 4-0 to fight someone and get the team fired up. Good thing he is a waste.

      PPS, at least Poti doesn’t have any points.

    13. Doodie Machetto on

      4Rangers, you don’t count the games from last season, I know the NHL sure doesn’t. By my count, they have won 13 of their last 26. Although, after this beating it’ll be 27.

    14. “””””you don’t count the games from last season, I know the NHL sure doesn’t.”””””

      If that’s the case, then the good Ranger record before the Olympics doesn’t mean anything either, comprende?

    15. Doodie Machetto on

      Absolutely. Teams don’t make playoffs and win cups based on their performances the year before. Only 82 games count every season.

    16. 4Rangers “If that’s the case, then the good Ranger record before the Olympics doesn’t mean anything either, comprende?” well last year it did count, and it ment something…this year is totrally difrent than last yera…not the same thing…the rangers hve a record last year, and it dosnt mean a thing this year…niether dose the fact that Carolina is the defanding Champs, it dosnt matter…it dosnt count this year for anything…

    17. I’m not wasting any more time on Sather jr. and Renney jr.

      I predicted a Ranger win, and it could still happen

    18. 4RAngers…oh eayh..they could still win…I tihnk that 5th gaol wasnt a back breaker at ll..heck they scored except for a quick whitle right after…so they arnt down at all

    19. For those who still think Renney is anything more than intramural coach, I’ll post this once again:

      Renney was again asked about Kaspar’s status, and he reiterated what he’s said for a while now. “He could play,� the coach said. “Again as I’ve said it’s more a case of six guys who have something going, at least to the point where I don’t want to disrupt that just yet.�

      FIRE THIS INCOMPETENT, ARROGANT JERK! NOW!

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