*UPDATE: No official word from the team yet, but reports have the Rangers just acquiring Sean Avery in exchange for Jason Ward and prospects Marc Andre Cliche and Jan Marek. I’m assuming we’ll have confirmation shortly*
I’m always impressed by the cluster of Rangers fans who wait outside the Garden entrance as early as 4 o’clock in hopes of seeing one of their favorite players.
Was there no one there because it’s so cold I couldn’t feel my own toes? Or because the Rangers are in 11th place?
Probably a combination of the two….
Anyway, a few updates:
Apparently another one of Tom Renney’s reasons for putting Matt Cullen and Petr Prucha back with Brendan Shanahan is that a line of Blair Betts, Marcel Hossa, and Jed Ortmeyer gives the Rangers more of a traditional shut-down line, presumably to be used against Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk line (Cullen and Prucha, you may notice, are adept in a forechecking role, but neither are exactly defensive specialists). What’s unclear is if the coach intends to match lines on a regular basis, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
Adam Hall won’t be a scratch, after all, seeing how Jason Ward was just traded to L.A. as part of the Sean Avery deal.
Barring a Detroit barrage tonight, count on Henrik Lundqvist tomorrow against the Devils. Actually, given the first part of that sentence, maybe we should just wait and see.
“If we play a smart game, and Henrik feels good, then my tendency will be to come back with him,” Renney said. “But I have no problem going with Kevin (Weekes).
Back with more later…