I think we can all agree that Adam Hall never panned out as a Ranger. Acquired during the summer, Hall wasn’t nearly the contributor as the man he replaced, the pesky Dominic Moore.
It’s worth noting now, of course, not only because Hall was shipped off to Minnesota yesterday in the trade for Pascal Dupuis, but because he still has a chance to be of service to the Rangers tonight. In his first game with his new team, Hall needs only to lead the Wild tonight to a win against Carolina, and he’d help put his indifferent play in New York behind him.
Get used to the curious dynamic of a playoff race, with the Rangers suddenly egging on teams they might normally have no use for. If that’s the case with Minnesota against seventh-place Carolina, it would surely apply as well to the otherwise hated Devils tonight against Tampa Bay. And you thought you’d die before you’d ever applaud a Marty Brodeur save.
As Tom Renney said last night, his team is still focused only on its own game. But he also admitted that eyes are always wandering toward the nearest scoreboard.
A few other noontime thoughts:
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