While he still hasn’t heard a word of apology from Chris Simon, Ryan Hollweg didn’t want to see the Islanders forward prosecuted outside the realm of the NHL. Today Hollweg’s wishes were respected, with Nassau County D.A. Kathleen Rice announcing that Simon won’t face criminal charges for his slash of Hollweg March 8.
“I didn’t want to press charges to begin with, and I think the D.A.’s decision, a lot of it was based on the intertview they had with me and how I felt out of the situation,” Hollweg said just now. “It’s over now and done with and time to move forward. I’m thankful nobody’s hurt and we can all move on.”
Again, the remarkable part here is not that Simon was spared, because I think he should have been. But given that Hollweg was the one who essentially bailed him out, you’d think that Simon could at least pick up the phone…
Meanwhile, some more pressing updates:
Still no word on Martin Straka’s knee, and for that you can blame…Martin Straka. Apparently the Rangers alternate captain can play with his left arm barely attached to his shoulder, but he can’t sit through an entire MRI. The claustrophobic Straka was so antsy that he needed a second examination, which he’s undergoing now.
To clarify an earlier post about Marc Staal being called up after his season, I should add that it’s still unclear whether he’ll be brought to New York or sent immediately to Hartford. Tom Renney said that there are other factors to consider — many presumably having to do with the health of other Rangers defensemen — and right now there is no definite plan.
As for those of you who wonder why the Rangers would give valuable ice time to a player like Jason Strudwick when Strudwick won’t even be eligible for the playoffs, Renney said the Rangers first have to make the playoffs before they can worry about how they fare there.
“Job one,” Renney said. “And Struds’ impact will be felt maybe more so from what you people can’t see as opposed to what he demonstrates on the ice. He’s just a really good glue guy. He’s so respected and liked.”
You’ll see I have a new poll up to the right. As for the previous survey on what Rangers’ fans wanted to see out of the final weeks of the season, 38 percent of you said the first priority was to see the Rangers win the playoffs while 29 percent said it was more important for the team to develop their prospects. As it happens, you might be getting both…