Both Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez tried to downplay it, but it was hard not to notice how comfortable the two appeared with one another on the ice. Officially, Gomez scored one goal in the 30-minute afternoon scrimmage, although another one trickled past Chris Holt that the referees never saw.
And even when not scoring, the line, with Marcel Hossa on the left wing, had possession of the puck for several long stretches in the offensive zone.
It goes back to something I said when signing Gomez and Chris Drury was merely a concept: You notice Gomez a lot more than you do Drury. This isn’t to say one is better than the other. After all, Drury is said to be the better player away from the puck (and as the News’ John Dellapina noted, “Drury can’t play in this scrimmage. It’s meaningless. He only turns it on when it counts.”).
Still, after one practice and scrimmage, it was hard not to be impressed with the Rangers’ newest No. 19 (by the way, I’m shocked the Rangers would let Blair Betts switch to No. 15. So is that to say there will be no retiring of Brad Isbister’s number?).
Meanwhile, continuing our efforts to be truly multimedia, here’s Gomez himself talking about the day, and his first experiences as a Ranger.[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/gomez0914.mp3]
Some other highlights from the afternoon:
“Michael is the kind of guy, he’s going to play his game and doesn’t want to change it much. Even if you talk about it, he changes for a little bit then he goes back to his old style. I don’t blame him. He was good at it. But that’s why we needed to talk all the time.”
I should add that Jagr was laughing when saying this.