Among the reasons my job is not completely unbearable (with all due respect to my beautiful wife): I walked into the MSG Training Center this morning to find the Knicks City Dancers gathered in an adjacent room, preparing for what I presume to be some sort of filmed production.
To be honest, they’ve been pestering me this whole time. But I suppose that comes with the territory in the glamorous world of hockey writing.
Anyway, on to the Rangers, who had a day of off-ice training after “last night’s bagel in Jersey”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070117/SPORTS01/701170395/1034/SPORTS, and who are again immersed in what is becoming a weekly spell of soul searching.
“I just wanted to go year after year,” said Straka, who is tied for a team-high with 24 goals. “If I don’t play well, then I’m stuck here and they have to be stuck with me. And with my age, you don’t know if you’re going to get hurt. Last year I thought I played OK and they like me and I like being here so I said let’s give it one more try.”
Now with two-thirds of the Rangers’ top line on board for next season, I asked Straka if this puts extra pressure on Michael Nylander, who becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, to sign on as well.
“I hope Michael and Shanny and Tom (Renney) and those guys will be here, too,” he said. “I hope so. I love to play with (Nylander). He’s a great guy and he’s working hard.”
And on that note, I decided to leave….