The above is good news for pretty much everyone other than my wife, seeing how it means my gear will soon be emerging from the basement, bringing with it the unfortunate smell of shin guards (true story: when we were first married and lived in a fourth-floor walk-up, I kept my hockey equipment in the back of my Nissan Sentra for the entire season. The car was never the same. We literally had to give it away).
But I digress. Of greater importance is that today marked my first unofficial visit to the rink of the season, with emphasis on “unofficial.” Since training camp doesn’t open until Thursday (although we have a meeting with Tom Renney tomorrow) players were engaging only in informal workouts and the Rangers P.R. staff that said that while I could watch the skate, there wouldn’t be any availability. I suppose I could have persisted, but seeing how the alternative would have been being locked out of practice altogether, I agreed.
Anyway, some quick observations:
Is there at all a chance Fritz challenges Orr for a job this year? I don’t know.
But that’s what makes this time of year so interesting….