There will be, it’s worth noting, scouts from nine different teams in attendance tonight.
Now, some of those are probably just advance scouts. The Rangers face the Flyers on Saturday, so they’re here. And with Detroit and Anaheim set to clash this weekend as well, that would explain the Red Wings’ presence.
But when it comes to Tampa Bay, which may be looking to unload some talent before the deadline — paging Dan Boyle — one has to wonder.
Of course, the list in the press room here also notes a representative from the San Antonio Spurs will be on hand as well.
No truth to the rumor they’re interested in Marek Malik as a backup for Tim Duncan…
<li>And speaking of Malik, Tom Renney again dismissed the idea that yesterday’s altercation with Sean Avery was anything more than fleeting frustration.
“It was fine afterwards,” Renney said. “A high-five in the hallway. A chuckle and a laugh and that was it….It was good.”
Wait a second, a high-five? Do people give high-fives anymore? And wait, wouldn’t a high-five from Malik be out of Avery’s reach?
These are important questions….
<li>The Rangers are, thanks to our crack research staff — OK, Zipay just said the stat out loud — a dismal 0-6-2 against Western Conference teams this year. Is there a common thread?
<li>Mustache update on George Parros, since he just passed me in the hallway: Impressive, very impressive. By the way, if Colton Orr was banged up yesterday, a day off tonight wouldn’t have been a terrible idea. Parros is enormous.
<li>Greg Moore was sent back down. If I had a dime for every time I wrote that sentence this season….
<li>For more golden wisdom, I’ll be on after the first period with Dave Maloney.