A late start to the day, in large part due to another bout of illness rolling through Blog Headquarters. We are a resilient bunch, however, so not to worry.
On then to some quick updates:
Yes, it sounds like the Rangers are pushing through with their plans to call up some “fresh bodies from Hartford”:http://www.courant.com/sports/hockey/hc-wolfpack0124.artjan24,0,2464162.story?coll=hc-headlines-hockey for the playoff push. Or at the very least, to fetch coffee for the veterans for the playoff push. Easy, that’s just a joke. I’m aware that this is a sensitive topic in these parts, and let’s be clear that I’m all for the infusion of youth on this team.
One not-so-small request: If you’re going to bring players up and give them a taste of the NHL, then you have to put them in a position to succeed. That means significant ice time no matter what the price. I know we’ve seen a bit of Ryan Callahan and Nigel Dawes this year, but neither were ever put in a position where they could establish any rhythm (Jarkko Immonen was a bit different seeing he at least started on a line with Brendan Shanahan). Unless the Rangers give them that chance this time, there’s little reason to expect much better of a result.
As for who’s on the way up, we’ll know for sure tomorrow, but the obvious favorite is Brandon Dubinsky given that he’s a natural center ice man. Stay tuned for updates.
Speaking of which, thanks to reader Bklynblue for passing along Don Maloney’s interview with the Schmoozer himself, Steve Somers. In case you missed it, “here it is”:http://wfan.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=248531
I thought the Skills Competition last night made for pretty good entertainment, but a few small beefs: what’s with fastest skater competition using a manual stopwatch? I know, the electric timer was busted. But what’s next, some guy counting “One Mississippi…”?
Also, the player introductions: it’s OK guys, you can smile. We all know you’re tough. But this is the All-Star game, so there’s need to look like you’re about to face a firing squad.
The Mystery Linemate returned last night, and dare I say, there were even traces of chemistry between us. And by chemistry I mean that I was proficient at getting out of his way and watching him go end-to-end. Sometimes less is more…
OK, that’s all for now.