Hi gang. This is Rick Carpiniello. I’m going to be covering, probably with others, for Sam for a while. You all know that Sam is at Augusta.
So I’ll be filling in during the first three games and in between, although tomorrow I’m going to the Mets home opener. Sam expects to be back for Game 4, and I hope to be with him for the whole journey thereafter.
Anyway, not much to report from Day 1 of the postseason. Tom Renney gave the team the day off, and according to him he had to convince some of the players to stay away, that it really is important they refresh and get off the ice and away from hockey for a day. Of course, some couldn’t. Long before Renney met the media at noon, Brendan Shanahan was on the ice by himself, working out for about half an hour. A few others showed up to get treatments or just to hang out.
I’m working on a column for The Journal News and LoHud.com tomorrow about how this Rangers team and this upcoming tournament kind or reminds me of the playoff setup for the Giants a few months ago. By finishing fifth and not getting home ice, the Rangers are sort of a wild card team, and they will probably start every series on the road the rest of the way. And they closed the season with a loss to a team they will have to beat in the postseason.
But more so, the Stanley Cup tourney has become in the last five or six years or so a wide-open, anybody-who’s-in-can-win-it event.
I’ll stop by later with some thoughts from Renney.