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:
The Rangers have no morning skate today because of an afternoon Georgetown basketball game at the Verizon Center, so we won’t know until later where Dupuis might fit into the lineup — if he fits in at all. I know Renney said his plan was for Dupuis to play tonight, but that was before “Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg turned the games of their lives”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070210/SPORTS01/702100388/1046/SPORTS last night. For Renney to turn his back on that would likely do more harm than good. Plus, given what happened last time against the Caps, the Rangers probably need all the grit they have.
Speaking of Dupuis, you can be sure that Rangers scout Frank Effinger had some input here seeing how Effinger before this year had been with the Wild (and before that — make that WAY before that — he was “my first-ever hockey coach”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/04/coming-full-circle/). So if you don’t like the deal, blame Frank (and in turn, he’ll blame me for pinning this on him).
One other note about Dupuis: I erroneously reported that he’ll be wearing No. 98 based on a roster the team handed out last night. He’ll actually be wearing No. 61, so hopefully you can call the monogrammer in time.
In addition to my story about last night’s win I also had “a feature on New Rochelle photographer David Perlmutter”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070210/SPORTS01/702100393/1046/SPORTS, who has been photographing Rangers fans for an upcoming book with Stan Fischler. Odds are Perlmutter’s lens has even settled on some of you, provided you weren’t in the process of flipping Marek Malik the bird. Perlmutter, meanwhile, has also shared with me a number of compelling game photos, some of which I plan to post soon.
OK, more info later when I have it…