With the Rangers slogging their way through a three-game losing streak, it’s open for interpretation whether they should be commended for allowing for opportunities within their own system; or chastised for tapping the shoulder of another NHL retread. But the plan after practice today was to send Ryan Callahan back to Hartford and to call up the 29-year-old Brad Isbister for tomorrow’s game in Florida.
In eight games with the Wolf Pack since being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes last month, the left wing has a single goal and is minus-1 — not exactly the numbers that scream “I belong in the NHL.”
But apparently the Rangers have seen something in Isbister that merits another shot (I can’t say I’ve seen him thus far, so I encourage those readers who have seen Isbister play in Hartford this year to chime in).
“They’ve seen a big strong man that has shot the puck extremely well, that has competed and has the nose for the net. And he has the experience naturally to help him apply himself to what we need right now,” Tom Renney said. “I had Brad in the World Championships and he played really, really well. Since then his game’s been up and down due to injuries or whatever, so we’re hoping that there’s something there that he can add to the lineup. Shoney (Hartford coach and GM Jim Schoenfeld) has said he’s played extremely well.”
If you’re feeling skeptical, I can’t say I blame you. But at this point, it looks like they’re searching for anything that can click.
Meanwhile, a few thoughts:
OK, more later…