Well, we know one half of the equation: Marcel Hossa didn’t skate because of back spasms.
As for Marek Malik, that’s where things get interesting.
The often-maligned defenseman not only didn’t skate today, but his equipment wasn’t hanging in his locker (although his practice jersey was still hanging and pictures of his two sons were still taped to the wall). When asked where he was, Tom Renney would only say it was “internal matter.”
Renney wouldn’t say whether Malik was suspended, and when I asked whether Malik was being moved, Renney said, “No. He’s a Ranger, and it’s just an internal issue right now.”
Of course, being a Ranger now doesn’t mean he’s a Ranger in a few hours when a deal is completed. Or it could mean that he’s been waived. But that’s only speculation at this point.
For what it’s worth Malik has been scratched four of the last nine games, is set to make $2.5 million this season, and is a UFA at season’s end.
Either way, try to contain your excitement until we know anything definitive.
On to less pressing matters: