I’m not sure any hockey executive has ever made a roster move purely to appease us media types, and yet thanks are still in order to Dallas GM Doug Armstrong, who called up center Joel Lundqvist from Iowa just in time to face his twin brother Henrik tonight in Dallas.
Oh, the possibilities!
Henrik stones Joel on a a breakaway!
Joel runs Henrik and incites a bench-clearing brawl!
Joel beats Henrik top shelf for his first career NHL goal, leading to a marathon session between Henrik and Rangers mental skills coach John Phelan!
Of course, seeing how Joel was just called up from Iowa yesterday, the more likely scenario is Joel spends most of his time whiling away at the end of the bench, and manages just a feeble wrist shot on Henrik from an impossible angle. But hey, a writer can dream…
Meanwhile, along with the neat storyline this provides both teams, the more pertinent info to the Rangers is that Joel was actually called up to replace Mike Modano, who was placed on IR with a “lower body injury” (thanks for being so specific). I can’t imagine the Rangers are too upset, although Modano is less the sniper he was and has instead morphed into more of a two-way center.
Either way, it adds another element to what should be an intriguing game between two suddenly defensive-minded teams (the “suddenly” applies more to the Rangers, who, for all their early-season defensive woes, have allowed just five goals in their last four games).
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Anyway, that’s all for now. More later….