See if you can detect a pattern here:
The Rangers get pushed around in the playoffs last spring and they decide they need size, so they sign Brendan Shanahan and trade for Adam Hall.
Then the team realizes it’s too slow, so it trades for Sean Avery and sends Hall to Minnesota for Pascal Dupuis.
Then Shanahan and Marcel Hossa get banged up in physical losses to Philadelphia and New Jersey and the Rangers realize they need more size, so they bring up Brad Isbister from Hartford.
Stop me if you’re getting dizzy.
Look, I understand things change, and surely no one could have foreseen potentially losing Shanahan and Hossa in the span of three days. But I suppose this is a definition of “a moving target.”
Meanwhile, as I mentioned earlier about the Isbister promotion, this looks like insurance if Hossa can’t play tomorrow. And given the nature of last night’s meeting with the Devils, the Rangers would likely rather have a big body like the 6-foot-4, 231-pound Isbister as opposed to a speedy but rather undersized Ryan Callahan.
And if Isbister doesn’t pan out, maybe the Rangers can try to get Hall back before the deadline.
What, you’ve lost your sense of humor?
One other note while we’re debating size versus speed. We all know which category Petr Prucha falls into, and the moments before Zach Parise’s game-winner provided yet another example of the forward driving to the net before getting plastered in front.
I’m not sure there’s a player on the Rangers who goes harder on a regular basis, and yet I’ve found myself wondering if Prucha (generously listed at 175 pounds in the media guide) can expect to have a long career given his style. Or put it another way: of the candidates to sustain a serious concussion this season, Brendan Shanahan wouldn’t have been near the top.
Still, when I asked Prucha today if anyone’s ever suggested he tone it down for the sake of longevity, he shook his head.
“No. Never,” he said. “I just think I’m doing what’s effective for the line where I’m playing. I think I can be effective in front of the net. I’m not the player who’s doing great plays like Jags and Straks. I’m just looking for open spaces in front of the net, and for rebounds and stuff like that.”
Like I said, you can’t help admiring the way he plays. But you can’t help wondering, either.