Before I immerse myself in a game of street hockey with my 2-year-old:
Word from the Rangers after Ryan Callahan’s MRI is the wing suffered a grade two knee sprain and is out “indefinitely”. He will not require surgery, so indefinitely might only be a couple of days.
As for who might be up to take his place, it depends on what the Rangers are looking for. If the team insists on having a right-handed shot, Alex Bourret or Lauri Korpikoski would be out of luck, and Greg Moore would be getting a shot. Moore currently leads the Wolf Pack with three goals and two assists in five games.
This was Devils coach Brent Sutter speaking to reporters today about facing Scott Gomez tomorrow:
“I had no impact on Gomez whatsoever. I was never here when he was a New Jersey Devil and personally I could care less. It was his choice to decide where he wanted to go play. It was his choice not to want to play in New Jersey anymore and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s his prerogative. So, to think that we should be easy on him is dead wrong. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll treat him like any other playerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s his choice to across the river and play there. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up to him. But our job is go to there and win a hockey game.Ã¢â‚¬?
Wow, talk about warm and fuzzy. So my guess there will be no tearful Scott Gomez-Brent Sutter embrace before the game.
Since he was put on waivers after I left the rink, I never spoke to Tommy Pock today other than to say hello. I have a pretty good idea what his reaction was, however, and it’s probably consistent with “this”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/10/16/pock-mystified/. As for whether the Pock move is indicative of something bigger in the works, it’s possible. But the team also wanted to shed a body to make room for Callahan’s replacement.
Is a Stephen Valiquette start the answer to the Rangers’ problems? How do I answer that kindly?
I asked Tom Renney what kind of lift his team can expect upon returning to the Garden. The coach, mindful that they not be entirely embraced, laughed. “It depends on how we do,” he said. “It’s good. Our fans are great and they’re very passionate about our team. They’ll let you know both ways how we’re doing, so they’ll keep us in check.”