A few updates from the Garden, where moments ago, John Amirante was again warming up in the bathroom:
<li>As reported earlier, Marcel Hossa is back from Hartford and will skate on the fourth line in Colton Orr’s spot at right wing. Orr has, according to Tom Renney, an “upper body injury,” although no one can say for sure when exactly he sustained it. This confirms my long held belief that Orr is obviously not very tough, and merely gets by on his playmaking skills.
<li>Paul Mara was examined today, but the exact status of his injury is unclear. The good news is Mara probably does not have a concussion, and is more likely dealing with some sort of damage to bones in his face. On second thought, I’m not sure how that constitutes “good news”, other than concussions are a far trickier predicament. Still, a potential broken face doesn’t exactly sound like a good time, either.
Meanwhile, you have to wonder the impact Mara’s situation might have on any sort of moves. This is not to say the Rangers were definitely looking to move him, although he certainly would be a candidate. But even if the Rangers were looking to deal another defenseman, the loss of Mara might force their hand a bit.
<li>Petr Prucha still hasn’t experienced enough contact to play, although Thursday is a possibility.
<li>Assistant coach Mike Pelino saw fit to put on a gold-colored tie in front of all us American scribes in the hallway, and then announced that it served as a lucky charm. “Six years ago today,” Pelino said. He was referring to Canada’s gold medal win over the U.S. in the 2002 Games, whenÂ he was an assistant coach to Pat Quinn