What, you’re not believers?
OK, so let’s hold off on the “There’s no stopping this Rangers juggernaut” stories for at least a little while. Still, here’s the remarkable part: considering how dreadful this team has been at points this year, they’re still only six points out of a playoff spot. And with a player like Marcel Hossa, that’s nothing.
Speaking of “The Great One” (has that nicknamed been used yet?) both John Dellapina and I nearly fell out of our chairs in the press box when we heard the Garden crowd chanting Hossa’s name in the third name. Talk about your Bizarro Rangers moments. What’s next, Marek Malik wearing the alternate captain “A”?
Anyway, a few thoughts:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The race for the older veterans to give us a little bump, that was absolutely something we werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to get into,” the Rangers assistant GM said. “We want to keep our young assets and we want to continue to grow our young assets.”
As for the team going the other way—i.e. dumping Jaromir Jagr—Maloney originally said he couldn’t comment. But then he allowed that the team was willing to listen to offers about any of their players.
Everyone but Hossa, that is. Actually, I’m making that last part up.
I walked into the Garden tonight with Ryan Hollweg and Sam Rosen, and we started talking about the 11th hour trades before the deadline. This was around 4:30, and Hollweg said he had gone home and taken a nap, so he said he didn’t know about the Islanders getting Ryan Smyth or the Red Wings snagging Todd Bertuzzi.
Then Rosen chimed in: “And you know about Dupuis, of course.”
Hollweg was stunned. “We lost Dupuis?”
“Yeah, right after the Ward trade,” I said.
Hollweg double-taked again. “We traded Ward?”
It must have been some nap. If I was really cruel, I could have told Hollweg he had been traded, too.
Of course, Hollweg is a bigger man than I am.