Update, 1:33 p.m: The Rangers just announced they’ve agreed to terms with forward Justin Soryal.
A startling admission: I don’t know who that is. Apparently he’s in the OHL playing for Peterborough, and has 15 goals and 22 assists in 56 games. He was a free agent, so I assume that means he wasn’t drafted. That’s OK, Justin. Neither was I.
It’s never a good reflection on an officiating crew when an infraction that goes unpunished during a game leads to a suspension. That, however, is what happened to Andrew Peters, who was suspended one game for his punch from the bench on Colton Orr on Monday night in Buffalo.Tom Renney didn’t have much to say about the news when asked about it now, and really, what can he say? The Rangers and Sabres are done for the season, and won’t likely meet again until 2008-09. So in other words: a lot of good it does his team now.
Meanwhile, some notes from practice:
<li>Henrik Lundqvist took the day off to recover from his head cold, leaving occasional fill-in Chad Killam of Manhattanville College fame to occupy the other net. There are still two days before the Rangers play in Florida, so Renney said he wasn’t sure what his plans were for Stephen Valiquette. Valiquette when asked said he didn’t know, either, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see the backup start against the Panthers.
<li>Brendan Shanahan also took the day off from practice to rest, although he was working out in the team’s fitness room. Would it be such a bad idea to extend Shanahan’s hiatus into the Florida trip and let Petr Prucha back into the mix? I don’t think so.
Look, these points are crucial as well seeing how the Rangers are now within reach of home-ice advantage. But it’s also time to start thinking about having Shanahan refreshed for the postseason. And to be honest, given Shanahan’s even strength play of late, Prucha wouldn’t be much of a drop-off at all.
<li>Paul Mara (face) and Marek Malik (upper body) also skated but in green no-contact jerseys. Malik is a possibility for the weekend, although the team wanted to see how he felt tomorrow.
More in a bit…