Something strange happened with my previous post, which merits explanation:
Believe it or not, there actually was useful information included about Tyutin, Rachunek, Hossa, and Weekes, but it was all somehow erased. Maybe if I actually looked it all over before I posted it, this all could have been avoided. But I didn’t, and so it wasn’t, and that’s where we are.
Again, further proof that I’m not all there.
Anyway, a brief summary on what I thought I had included earlier:
Fedor Tyutin was supposed to receive a brace sometime today or maybe tomorrow that would allow him to start skating on his own without pucks. Tom Renney said the defenseman still isn’t day-to-day, and by the sound of things, is probably more than a week away. But the hope is that the defenseman could return to play before the playoffs.
By that measure, Marcel Hossa and Karel Rachunek are both still behind Tyutin in their recoveries. Neither have started skating, either, so it seems unlikely they will return before the end of the regular season. That said, both were walking without limps today, which is a marked improvement from the week before. So it seems they’ve turned a corner as well.
Kevin Weekes said he felt “awesome” today and will be worked back in once the Rangers return from Montreal. The Rangers will continue to carry three goalies until Weekes gets enough work in practice, and maybe even beyond that. Ideally, the team could solidify a playoff spot before one of the last two games of the season, which may enable Renney to give Weekes a start. But that’s a lot to ask with so many teams still in the mix. And right now, the Rangers aren’t afforded much in the way of an off day.
Finally, one last thought about the injury situation. As you know, Jason Strudwick is not eligible for the playoffs, meaning the Rangers will be faced with playing either A) Tyutin coming off a month of inactivity, or B) David Liffiton, who has played just two games with the team this season. I asked Renney if there could be a scenario when he senses Tyutin isn’t ready and the team would have to call up Liffiton to get him ready for the playoffs. The coach said it was merely speculation at this point and he couldn’t say one way or the other.
Of course, my guess is this has probably come up plenty behind closed doors.
Anyway, sorry about the confusion from before…