Greetings from Continental Airlines Arena, where in a telling display of inexperience, I parked far enough away from the rink that I’m not sure my car is actually in New Jersey. On the plus side, I am the best conditioned writer here by virtue of my mile-long walk to the front door.
Anyway,Ã‚Â a few quick hits before the official halfway game of the season:
<li>Given the tenor of conversation at this site, I’m pretty sure how this next little nugget will go over. But here goes: It turns out the Rangers WERE one of six teams to claim Petr Nedved on re-entry waivers from the Flyers, only to lose out to Edmonton, which was lower in the standings (although “lose out” might not be entirely appropriate here). Yes, even to try to go after “the 35-year-old Nedved”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?statsId=394 mightÃ‚Â further irritate those fans who want to see the team give more opportunities to prospects. But seeing how the team would be on the hook for only a quarter of the two-time Ranger’s $2.35 million salary, it wasn’t like they’d be breaking the bank either way. Still, you have to wonder if a guy couldn’t hack it with the last-place Flyers, just how much fuel he’s got left in the tank. So if you don’t like the sound of it, be thankful it didn’t happen.
<li>As I mentioned earlier, Jarkko Immonen is out, but it didn’t sound like Tom Renney was ready to sent the young center back to Hartford yet. Asked about Immonen’s perceived lack of foot speed, Renney said he still sees plenty of upside in Immonen.
“Maybe to a point. There’s concerns about a lot of people but you ask yourself do those concerns outweigh what good he might bring?” Renney said. “That’s the debate I make in my own mind. But he’s been a pretty effective player for us.”
<li>Jed Ortmeyer will skate on the fourth line tonight with Marcel Hossa and Jason Ward. Renney said he figures Ortmeyer will see about seven or eight minutes in a “high-energy” role, and could conceivably see some penalty killing time. But that last part is something Ortmeyer will be eased back into.
<li>An honest admission from Aaron Ward, who saidÃ‚Â that he rarely hears comments from the crowd, but didÃ‚Â hear one Garden fan call out the other night. “Where the (bleep) is Brian Leetch?”
OK, more later…