So I step away for a couple of weeks and the whole team falls apart. Among the updates:
<li>Sean Avery has a “contusion” on his right hand and has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Saturday. The injury, which is not on the hand that was operated on in November, is from a slash against Montreal on Dec. 30, but Avery played through it on the trip. Avery’s out at least a week, Tom Renney said he didn’t anticipate the wing needing surgery, and that the time off would allow the swelling to heal. Needless to say, this is not good news for either the Rangers or Avery.
<li>Brendan Shanahan, hurting with his own contusion on his knee, skated on his own before the full team workout and is expected to take part in warm-ups tonight, but Renney said he was leaning toward not playing the veteran until Thursday.
<li>In Shanahan’s place, the Rangers have called up Pierre Parenteau from Hartford. The offensive-minded wing, acquired from Chicago earlier in the season, played in five games for the Hawks last year, but would make his Rangers debut tonight. In Hartford, Parenteau’s been playing on a line with Greg Moore and Nigel Dawes, which could be reunited tonight, except…
<li>Greg Moore’s strange season continues. The well-traveled forward has the flu, did not skate this morning, and is questionable for tonight. If Moore can play, Renney would likely move Chris Drury up to left wing with Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr. If he can’t play, send in your applications now. The Rangers might need another skater tonight.
Either way, it looks like Jason Strudwick at forward and Marek Malik back in at defense is a possibility.
<li>Martin Straka is going for more tests for his concussion today. Renney did not reveal whether the wing was still experiencing symptoms, but he threw out that the wing could return by the weekend. I have a hard time seeing that happen.