OK, let’s review what we know based on today’s events:
“It was more geared toward Nigel understanding the consistency and standard that we have to play at here, especially for a young fella like that who has terrific offensive attributes,” Tom Renney said. “He has to be involved at that part of the game. Having said that, there’s a level of consistency and standard he has to meet off the puck and it happens to a lot of young players. Some guys are up four or five times before they nail it. But I think Nigel Dawes is an NHL player.”
Just not now…
Since Callahan and Straka are still dependent on a few more practices, my guess is Sunday at home is possible, but next Thursday against the Islanders is a safer bet.
As for where those two would fit in, it’s worth noting that Straka took a couple of rushes alongside Jaromir Jagr and Brandon Dubinsky, so don’t be surprised if he slides back in alongside the Big Fella upon his return, leaving a struggling Marcel Hossa to play elsewhere.
“When you’re on the ice as much as I play, I think all signs point toward that. You better chip in,” he said. ” I think it’s a little bit of everything.”
More on this in tomorrow’s paper, but for now, let me say that while Drury’s production has been a disappointment thus far, he remains an invaluable player given everything else he does—killing penalties, winning draws, making plays in the neutral zone. I said this when the Rangers were looking to sign Drury that it would be a mistake to measure him by goals because of his play everywhere else. No question, he needs to score more. But the Rangers would be lucky if he was the most disappointing player on their roster.