Update, 2:53 p.m.: The Rangers made official that Darius Kasparaitis is headed back to Russia to play for SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Super League. The deal had been hung up in some final details.
I don’t know if this applies to the Rangers, but it does apply to me. My Saturday mornings belong to the noble calling of 2-year-old Gym-and-Swim, so I was a no-show for the skate.
Barring an unforeseen change, we already know that Sean Avery is in, and I’m assuming he’ll skate with Brandon Dubinsky and Petr Prucha, with Ryan Hollweg dropping back to the fourth. If I got wind of anything new, I’ll pass it along.
Update, 1:01 p.m.: By way of my “co-owner Zip”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/, it sounds like Kevin Weekes may be in net for the Devils tonight. Try to control your euphoria.
Speaking of Dubinsky, “here’s my story on him”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071103/SPORTS01/711030391 in today’s paper. The kid continues to impress, but here’s my question: His style of play definitely reminds me of someone—quick in the open ice, good puck control down low—but I can’t quite think of who it is. Any thoughts?
As for other young Rangers, give credit to Dane Byers, who practiced with the Rangers yesterday morning and “then returned to Hartford in time to score a crucial goal”:http://www.courant.com/sports/hockey/hc-wolfpack1103.artnov03,0,7444919.story for the Wolf Pack in their win last night. That’s a full day in my eyes.