As I expected, Scott Gomez wasn’t in a mood to do cartwheels even after being named to his second All-Star team (his first was as a rookie, when he said he was “scared s–less”).
“Maybe earlier in my career I’d be more excited, but I’m more worried about what’s going on in here,” he said.
His goofy, affable exterior aside, Gomez is a more serious team guy than you would think. In fact, for all the Rangers missteps last night against the Flyers, Gomez managed to show some grace afterwards when he took full responsibility for the loss, even if he was hardly one of the team’s worst offenders.
It might not be much to relish given the sorry state of the team right now, but at least the Rangers haven’t resorted to pointing fingers. Or at least not yet.
In other news:
<li>As I mentioned before, Martin Straka skated in a no-contact jersey, and according to Renney, is a “remote” possibility for tomorrow against the Habs. The good news is Straka says his symptoms have dissipated almost completely, and that he’s only a tad fatigued on the ice. “I want to come back,” he said, “but we’ll see howI feel tomorrow.”
<li>Brendan Shanahan skipped practice with what Renney described as “residual” injuries from his damaged left knee — i.e. sore hip and back, etc. He is day-to-day.
<li>Sean Avery is also day-to-day, but doubtful for tomorrow when he could come off injured reserve.