Update, 5:08 p.m.: Joe Torre is out as Yankees manager. I’m tempted to offer $500 bucks to any Rangers fan who can get a word in about hockey on “Mike and the Mad Dog.” “But enough about Torre, guys. Where do you stand on Pock vs. Malik?”
Update, 2:10 p.m.: John Dellapina “confirms that Malik is out tonight”:http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/. Thomas Pock will play his first game of the season alongside Michal Rozsival.
We’ll find out today whether Marek Malik will indeed be a scratch tonight, which in turn could set off wild celebrations on the streets of Manhattan. Dancing. Singing. Embraces among strangers.
All are possibilities, however cruel that may sound.
As I mentioned yesterday, Tom Renney wouldn’t bite when we pulled him aside to ask him about it, only saying he’s considering everything. And seeing how today is only an optional skate, his plans might not be obvious until game time.
Still, we know that “Malik skated with Jason Strudwick in the last practice before the team headed south”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071018/SPORTS01/710180413, and that Thomas Pock skated in his place alongside Michal Rozsival. We also know that Malik is coming off another mediocre performance against the Senators, and that that Renney has expressed the need to get Pock in a game soon.
I am not a detective, nor do I play one on TV, but my educated guess is No. 8 is taking a seat.
More when I have it…