As we suspected, Jed Ortmeyer will sit tonight to rest his knee, which the Rangers are describing as day-to-day. It’ll be interesting to see whether Ortmeyer returns tomorrow against the Maple Leafs, although my guess is given what Tom Renney may have been looking for out his lineup tonight, the decision to rest Ortmeyer against the Flyers was an easy one.
As many of you have already noted, Ortmeyer will be missed primarily on the penalty kill, where he is one of the Rangers’ best in that role (he and Matt Cullen would be neck-and-neck in that department in my view, although Cullen’s offensive tools make him more of a shorthanded threat). But with Brendan Shanahan already calling for more minutes, you can expect to see Renney to use him in Ortmeyer’s spot tonight.
Beyond that, Fedor Tyutin will also be out, although tomorrow remains a possibility to play his first game in a month.
Also, I promised yesterday a clip of Sean Avery talking with Jaromir Jagr pestering him in the background. Sorry for the delay, but here it is:[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/avery0331.mp3]
*Now, a brief word about my curious situation:*
In the “Horrific Timing Department,” I’ll miss the next week to “cover the Masters in Augusta, Ga.”:http://golf.lohudblogs.com/, a conflict that has been on my radar ever since I took over this gig last summer. At times, I thought it wasn’t going to be that big of a deal seeing how I originally thought the Rangers would have a playoff spot locked up by now; and then, midway through the season, it looked liked they’d be out of the playoff race altogether and I’d just be missing irrelevant hockey.
Instead, the next five games will obviously be the biggest of the season, and you can bet I’ll be poring over every last detail whenever I’m not hoofing it with Tiger and Phil amidst the azaleas and dogwoods. It’ll actually be a difficult week for me in that sense, and that’s actually saying a lot given that the Masters is usually one of the highlights of my year.
The good news is the very capable Josh Thomson will be stepping in to take over for the next week, and should the Rangers make the playoffs, I’ll be back before the start of the first round.
As an impartial journalist, it shouldn’t matter to me one way or the other whether this happens. And yet any journalist will also tell you that they always root for a good story, and to me, nothing would be more compelling than chronicling this team through the postseason.
So that’s where I stand. Maybe it’s not ideal, but it is when you consider I get to cover two sports that I love. I’ll be sure to chime in here when I have the chance, because like I said, I’ll surely be interested. And should any of you be pining for my lame attempts at humor, you can always “visit my golf blog”:http://golf.lohudblogs.com/, which will be the other focus of my attention next week.
Like I said, my guess is this won’t be it for us. But I’d still be remiss in not thanking you all again for your interest and support this season. Whatever any of you have taken away from this space these past few months, you can be sure no one’s enjoyed it more than I have.