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This isn’t good, folks.

Because as much as I tried to seem A) mentally unstable and then B) just plain dim-witted (OK, not much of a stretch), I was still tabbed for a jury on a trial that begins this afternoon.

Even my plea of “But the Rangers are only two points out of a playoff spot and Marcel Hossa has a sprained MCL” didn’t carry much weight. But I guess the fact that I’ve been overly sympathetic with the likes of Tom Renney and Marek Malik this year led the involved attorneys to think I’d keep an open mind when assessing……well, actually, I’m not allowed to discuss the details of the case.

Anyway, I have no idea where this leaves me for the next couple of days, although it should be noted that I am spending lunch break blogging to you, so I obviously still have my priorities in order. As far as pertinent updates, the Rangers tell me that Hossa is going for an MRI this afternoon, and that whatever call-ups the team makes won’t be made until tomorrow.

According to Steve Zipay, who also notes that Paul Mara is banged up as well, Renney is contemplating six different players for a promotion: defensemen Ivan Baranka and David Liffiton, forwards Ryan Callahan, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky and….Hugh Jessiman. Given that the former No. 1 draft pick had been in Charlotte until recently, that Renney is contemplating Jessiman for the big club is certainly noteworthy. But I’ll guess we’ll see what happens.

OK, I have a few minutes to scarf down a sandwich, and then it’s back to the noble business of carrying out justice.

More later…whenever that is…..

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  1. Noteworthy?
    Or just telling the fans what they want to hear?

    Frighteningly enough, seems like half the posters here think a week in the AHL is enough of a transition from ECHL to NHL…

  2. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m glad he didn’t mention Lampman.

    Good luck Sam. Remember: Criminal case=beyond a reasonable doubt, civil case=preponderance of the evidence(51% chance)

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, maybe we can get Josh to play a bigger role for the next couple of days.

  4. Dump…

    You may recall that Malik was out there for part of a PP in the second period. It came as a result of Mara getting hit behind the net when he went to retrieve the puck. Mara went straight off and Malik jumped on. Mara did end up playing after missing I think just one shift, but I’m not sure that I saw him shoot much after that.

    In terms of who gets called up, this is starting to get to be a problem. Looks like Straka is only going to be half as useful the remainder of the season and with Shanahan likely out for at least another two weeks (if not more)…and now Hossa for what appears the majority of the remainder of the season.

    Goals were already hard to come by for this team, it’s going to be even harder now…

  5. blueshirts2k7 on

    If Jessiman is called up over Callahan or Dawes it’s really FOR P.R. purposes more than anything imo. Hopefully Mara will be fine as shockingly he’s been very solid and has settled down the raccon.

  6. blueshirts2k7 on

    Oh yeah Sam as far as getting out of jury duty just claim tha your a racist or something and they’ll turf you.

  7. DumpJagrDope on

    “Goals were already hard to come by for this team, it’s going to be even harder now…”

    not if they call up players that can score like Callahan, Dawes, Baranka and play Immonen.

  8. Mara was cradling his left arm after a hit from Trent Hunter in the second period. The Rangers are merely calling it an upper body injury.

  9. they aren’t gonna call up anyone unless mara is out. if its just hossa then immonen will just play.

    and lampman isn’t on the list because he is hurt.

  10. DumpJagrDope on

    “they aren’t gonna call up anyone unless mara is out. if its just hossa then immonen will just play.”

    and if more injuries happen next game? And what did Isbister do to keep playing over Immonen or Callahan or Dawes?

  11. “And what did Isbister do to keep playing over Immonen or Callahan or Dawes?”

    I’m pretty sure having some past success in the NHL might have something to do with it.

  12. Isbister adds size……keep the kids together and make a run for the Calder Cup, have them playing together adn they will be that much more cohesive when the studs come through in the next 2 years

  13. DumpJagrDope on

    “Isbister adds size……keep the kids together and make a run for the Calder Cup, have them playing together adn they will be that much more cohesive when the studs come through in the next 2 years”

    his size is useless, Jessiman or Moore would add more size and speed and scoring than Isbister.

    who cares if they play together or not, getting NHL experience is way more important and is the ultimate goal. Why not let Isbister be a veteran presence in Hartford?

  14. Isbister got the call for several reasons. First, and foremost, that when he received his most recent call up he was playing the best hockey in Hartford. Secondly, as mentioned above, his NHL experience was probably a big factor.

  15. Sam, I’m shocked the judge didn’t let you off. Don’t they still ask you if there is a reason why can’t serve?? Weird.

    Re: Jessiman
    I haven’t seen him play since his call-up, but he apparently is tearing things up. There are assorted rumors over why this is happening from new skates to a few other things. Either way, he apparently has been impressive.

  16. blueshirts2k7 on

    craig what past sucess? Isbister has been a huge failure with every team he’s played with imo he’s a waste of space.

  17. blueshirts2k7 on

    I’d guess that Renney might reunite the Straka-Nylander-Jagr line and have Dubinsky center Prucha and Avery.

  18. DumpJagrDope on

    “i guess that means jarkko’s season as a ranger is over”

    did he do something wrong to be treated this way?

  19. I have heard people mention the idea that Jessiman is playing better because of new skates, but then I also heard people say that it isn’t the skates, that it is something else, but they wouldn’t get into specifics.

    I don’t suppose anyone would like to fill me in on what the other something might be that is the “real” reason Jessiman is playing better.

    I can speak from experience that the right skate will make a huge difference, but I can’t believe anyone would skate for years with the wrong skates. Especially anyone drafted by an NHL team.

    Anyway, I am just curious if maybe the light has finally turned on for Hugh, and I should still hold on to a sliver of hope that he makes it to the NHL.

  20. Jessiman has been back 10 days. I’ve seen 4 of his 6 games. He looks good. His spacing on the ice is 100% better. The big reason is that he is getting to the spots on the ice he needs to be instead of being 5 seconds behind the play.

    I hope this is the real deal — let’s give it to the end of the season before judgments are made concerning his future.

  21. DumpJagrDope on

    I think it is simply because of more icetime and PP time. But really it could be anything from good luck to steroids.

  22. I hope it’s not drugs, but I wouldn’t say that would be shocking.

    I don’t see how professional hockey players can endure the rigors of an 82 game season without a little medicinal help. The human body can only take so much punishment.

    It’s not like he would be the first or last player in the NHL to ever do such a thing. If he is doing something like this then I hope it is worth the price he will pay later on in life.

  23. Rangers site confirms Liffiton and Dubinsky as well… Guess that says Immonen isn’t tough enough..Why have him around if you’re not going to use him? Liffiton is a tough left defenseman should Mara not be able to go.

  24. The Straka-Nylander-Jagr line is the last thing I want to see. Damn Hossa for having to hurt his MCL Too.

  25. “i guess that means jarkko’s season as a ranger is over�

    did he do something wrong to be treated this way?”

    Yes. He’s on the Rangers and Renney doesn’t like prospects. Sucks for Immo.

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