The Rangers need to play a game here pretty soon, if for no other reason than to eliminate the meaningless rhetoric spouted around the team’s locker room.
Not that I’m blaming anyone. If I had to sit and wait five days for the next game, I’d be spewing out the same “No, really, this break is good a thing” line as everyone else. And I really do think the Rangers believe it seeing how it’s allowing certain players to get healthy. But it’s still a relatively mundane topic.
Meanwhile, some news:
<li>Marc Staal missed another practice with the flu and is a concern for the weekend as a result. Worse than Staal being out is the possibility that another flu strain is making its way through the room, but so far, there hasn’t been an indication of as much.
<li>Petr Prucha skated only on his own but is doubtful for the weekend with a sprained shoulder. “Day-to-day is optimistic,” Tom Renney said.
<li>Marcel Hossa looks like he might take Ryan Hollweg’s place at left wing after missing two weeks with a bad back. Meanwhile, I asked Hossa about his brother Marian’s situation in Atlanta, and whether he’s talked to him. “He’s just going to play for them right up until the deadline and see what happens,” Hossa said.
I also asked Marcel if he’d like to see Marian come to play for the Rangers next season.
“It’s not my business to control,” Marcel said.
Yes, I’m aware of that. This reminds me of Saturday, when I asked Staal if he’d like to see Stephen Valiquette start again in the wake of his shutout against the Flyers.
“It’s not up to me,” the rookie said.
Yes, again, I realize that Marc Staal and Marcel Hossa are not running the whole operation around here.
I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing.