And here I thought I might be lacking for material in this endeavor. Boy was I wrong. Anyway, a couple of things to cover as I catch my breath from a busy day:
After getting into the whole Jaromir Jagr shootout saga at practice today, I accompanied four Rangers — Ryan Hollweg, Blair Betts, Marcel Hossa, and Pascal Dupuis — up the road to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, where they visited with sick children. Let me say this: we can discuss ad nauseum all the things about the Rangers that makes us scratch our heads, and heaven knows they’ve given us plenty of material of late. But this is one of the things the team does right. The hospital visit was at once uplifting and sad — especially in seeing kids my own son’s age with tubes hanging out of them. But all four players were truly impressive, whether it was Hossa and Betts handing out gifts and autographs, Hollweg holding a sick infant in his arms, or Dupuis putting a little boy on his lap inside a fire truck. I’ve been around enough athletes to know when guys are just going through the motions, but this struck me as genuine. I was glad I went.
In case you hadn’t heard, Carolina got “Anson Carter today for a fifth-round draft pick”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197340&hubname=nhl from Columbus. That’s a long way from being traded for Jagr, I don’t care how many shootouts Jagr skips.
The Isles are in the running for Bill Guerin? So says one site. Do with that what you will.
No word on Brendan Shanahan’s appointment with his neurologist today. I’m sure we’ll know something tomorrow, even if it’s just the team saying the veteran needs more time.
And speaking of tomorrow, the blog will be in the capable hands of Josh Thomson, who will be covering tomorrow’s must-win game against the Blue Jackets. More on where I’ll be later…