For a team that doesn’t play a game for three more days, there was still ample activity around the Rangers today.
<li>Neither Henrik Lundqvist nor the Rangers would confirm that the goaltender’s contract is done, although Lundqvist did say “it’s down to the details.”
I think a lot of this is t-crossing and i-dotting, and even Lundqvist went on to touch on his happiness with staying in New York.
There was also this exchange with Sean Avery when the left wing was told by a reporter that Lundqvist had signed a new deal.
“Hank, you don’t even tell your own teammates?” Avery said.
“It’s not done yet,” Lundqvist said.
With that in mind, it doesn’t sound like a formal announcement will come today.
<li>Brendan Shanahan skated and said he had no doubt he’d be ready to play Saturday. This led to yet another recnofiguration of lines. Note that Petr Prucha is still out with a sprained shoulder.
Hollweg (Hossa) — Betts — Orr
<li>Marc Staal skipped practice with the flu.
<li>If Jaromir Jagr is set to play in Russia anytime soon, it’s news to the Rangers captain. Told of the story circulating that he is set to return to Omsk, where he played during the lockout season, Jagr replied, “This year? When’s the flight?”
<li>Shanahan was doing an on-camera interview and answering a question about the passion and knowledge of Rangers fans. Just then, Marek Malik cut in front of the camera.
Said one observer: “It shows what he thinks of Rangers fans.”
<li>The George Parros influence has extended to Jason Strudwick, whose new mustache could qualify him for either a) a cameo in a certain genre of cinema, or b) a job as a relief pitcher on the 1975 Oakland A’s.