…but only because today was an optional skate.
Sorry. That was too easy.
No, it doesn’t look like the Big Fella is going anywhere, and all his equipment was still hanging in his locker as of about three minutes ago. Still, the question was posed to Tom Renney if he feared losing his leading scorer and captain before 3 today.
“It’s rumor and innuendo. That’s today. That’s what today does. I don’t expect anything,” he said.
So, will you be relieved when tomorrow comes and he’s still here?
“I don’t even have to worry about tomorrow,” the coach said.
Meanwhile, a lot to discuss and a lot still happening. Some quick updates:
Martin Straka, he of the mysterious “upper body injury” (read: shoulder) did not skate today either and is doubtful for tonight. Who exactly will take his place is something that is likely to be dictated by the events of the rest of the day, although Renney also said a call-up is a possibility.
I stand corrected about Jason Krog. My fellow UNH alum was just claimed by Atlanta. We had some good times, Jason. Remember that goal you scored against Philly? And what about that goal you scored against Philly?
Bill Guerin to the Sharks in a three-way deal. Not that the Rangers were ever a possibility.
The obligatory follow-up questions were posed to both Renney and Aaron Ward about John Dellapina’s story today revisiting the now well-documented shouting match between Ward and Jagr Feb. 3 in Tampa Bay. Ward said he wouldn’t comment, while Renney said the whole issue was overblown. My take: it’s not overblown. There is some tension there that extends beyond one exchange in the middle of the game. But I also think it’s the sort of thing that wouldn’t be an issue if the Rangers were winning.
OK, more to come later. Check back for details….