*UPDATE, 2:45: Blair Betts, Colton Orr, Brad Isbister, and Ryan Hollweg are all skating in warm-ups, so it’s still up in the air who will be scratched.*
Just when you thought Tom Renney led the league in verbose answers, Bob Hartley may make the Rangers coach sound concise by comparison.
However long-winded, though, the Thrashers coach was fairly entertaining when talking about his controversial decision to start Johan Hedberg over Kari Lehtonen in goal today. And in the spirit of being too lazy to transcribe it all, I figured I’d let you all listen for yourselves.
If not interested, here’s the gist:
“It’s all about Moose (Hedberg). It’s not about what the other guy did or didn’t do,” Hartley said. “Kari did his best and Kari’s a very big part of this team. Because I said from Day 1 we wanted two goalies capable of winning, and Moose has shown throughout this year and throughout the years with other teams that he can win in this league, and win the big ones.”
One other interesting Hartley tidbit was his commentary on Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander. In response to a fairly quiet effort from his own high-powered duo of Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk, Hartley said that Jagr was simply better on Thursday night, and that Nylander and Jagr rank with Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier as one of the best duos in the game.
As far as pressing news, Tom Renney said he’s contemplating several game-time decisions, none of which he was willing to disclose.
An educated guess: Blair Betts, still banged up from Game 1, is probably out, with Ryan Hollweg taking over at center on the fourth line. I would assume Colton Orr would be at right wing if that were the case, but if Betts is out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brad Isbister there. But again, that’s just a guess.
OK, more in a bit…