As much as I’ve enjoyed the various theories about where I’ve been of late — that I’ve been shipped off to another paper, that I’m actually a CIA operative now stationed in Eastern Europe, that I’ve abandoned the blog altogether and am pursuing my real dreams of Hollywood stardom — it’s actually quite boring:
I’m on vacation.
I know, I know, not exactly ideal timing (although given how out of sorts the Rangers are of late, maybe it is). But one of the byproducts of this dual existence of hockey writer/golf writer is that I’ve got to sandwich in the vacation time at some point, otherwise my wife and son might no longer recognize me (speaking of which, feel free to give a big blog shout out to the wife, whose birthday we celebrate today. Trust me, among her countless other positive attributes, this site would be a shell of what it is without her).
What this means, of course, is that I’m not with the Rangers now, nor have I even been pestering the team for updates, as I have on other road trips when I’ve been absent. The good news is I’ll still chime in between Vermont ski runs and pond hockey games over the next few days if the spirit moves me; and after Christmas, we’re back full service with my man Josh Thomson carrying the torch for the Islanders game. Then I’m back a day or so after that, and we can all prepare for what promises to be an intriguing — if not always satisfying — second half of the season.
Anyway, I’m sure I’ll say it again, but just to be safe, Happy Holidays to everyone out there, and as always, thanks for making me feel like the time working on this site has been so worthwhile.
I look forward to plenty more debate about Marcel Hossa’s lack of scoring tough, Ryan Callahan’ lack of playing time, and every other worthy topic in Rangerland in the weeks and months to come…