Just making sure you’re paying attention.
Outside of an upbeat practice and a fairly animated dressing room, there isn’t too much to report as the Rangers prepare for their flight to Buffalo.
Or on second thought, maybe there is:
Although Karel Rachunek has been declared 100 percent by Rangers coach Tom Renney, the coach stopped short of saying Rachunek would definitely be in. The assumption is he will be, of course, but in the cloak and dagger world of the playoffs, nothing is conceded that doesn’t have to be.
Speaking of which, Renney revealed that the coaches did address players before the playoffs about what they should and shouldn’t say to the media. But Renney also said there was a premium on honesty, which is why the coach didn’t have a problem with Sean Avery’s “I’m going to hurt them” comments about the Sabres yesterday. “I don’t think he’s gone over the top,” Renney said. “That’s the way he plays and he was honest about it.”
Ryan Hollweg expects to be back in the lineup against the Sabres, and said he took his absence from the first round in stride. “He told me he wants me in the lineup but it’s hard to change the lineup up when the guys are on a roll,” Hollweg told me. “I understand that and being a role player on this team I know what my role is on this team. And if I’m sitting out and that’s what’s best for the team, I’m fully behind that 100 percent. It’s just one of those things where the boys got on a roll and you don’t want to mess with what’s working.”
I asked Hollweg if there was ever a mention of reeling in his physical play during the postseason — if only to avoid penalties — and he said there wasn’t.
Sabres hysteria is rampant. According to our Buffalo correspondent, also known as my old college roommate Sully, I will be inundated by “Go Sabres” signs the moment I step off the plane. Which is fine, as long as there are no “Death to Rangers beat writers” signs right behind it…