There are Montreal Canadiens milling about the hallway here since they’re using the Rangers practice facility today. In fact, I should make this quick since word is Souray, Kovalev and Co. want the use of this media room to get dressed as soon as I leave.
(By the way, not necessarily a smart move by Montreal management letting players see the Rangers facilities if they expect to hold on to their free agents this summer. Because suddenly your digs back north of the border pale in comparison.
Of course, sign with the Rangers and you have to deal with clowns like me, so maybe it’s a wash…)
Anyway, some quick rundowns from the morning skate:
“Of course I’m not the fastest skater. It’s not my style. I’m more a playmaker than a natural skater,” Immonen said. “So of course I need to improve my skating and get more speed.”
I asked Immonen if he thinks it’s something he can improve and he said he can with some sprints, especially since he said he does notice a difference at the NHL level.
My take? Immonen can get faster, but he can also get bigger, which would certainly take attention away from his supposed lack of speed. And that’s the thing: it’s one thing to be of average speed when you’re of average NHL size. But when you’re smaller than most players as well, that’s when it becomes an issue.
OK, more later…