Consider the strange dynamic confronted by Jason Strudwick right now. Seated in his locker stall at the MSG Training Center, with the clock directly across from him, the recently signed defenseman couldn’t help but watch the minutes tick down until he cleared waivers at noon and was officially back as a Ranger.
Now that he has, Strudwick is likely to play tonight alongside Paul Mara.
Martin Straka is believed to be doing better than expected, but is still set to have an MRI this afternoon, and will not play tonight. In his place, Brandon Dubinsky has been recalled from Hartford and will center a line of Jed Ortmeyer and Petr Prucha.
Brendan Shanahan took part in the morning skate but will not play until Wednesday.
Have to hop now. More later..