Fittingly, Petr Nedved was wearing a T-shirt that read, “The Outcast” while preparing to leave the MSG Training Center.
“If it was going to be this decision, there was no point in waiting any longer,” Nedved said of not making the trip to Europe.
The player said he’s done with the NHL and will instead return to the Czech League.
“This is probably it for me as far as the NHL goes. Obviously it gave me an indication that I can still play in this league. I’m happy about that, but I don’t think I’m going to be trying next year.”
In other news:
<li>A very interesting admission from Tom Renney that Jaromir Jagr has called a number of times to ask how the team — and particularly Brandon Dubinsky — is doing.
“We’ll both be climbing over each other for credit if this kid ends up as a Hall of Famer,” Renney said. “I guess Jags should get it.”
When I mentioned to Renney the story that “Jagr was instrumental in getting Calgary assistant Wayne Fleming to come to Omsk to be the head coach”:http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=3da23af1-318e-4f49-9f94-1bf31315233e, Renney smiled sheepishly.
“I plead the fifth,” the coach said.
It’s suddenly becoming clearer where Jagr might have gotten Fleming’s number.
<li>Chris Drury on being moved to wing with Scott Gomez: “Hopefully we get some chemistry and it clicks, and it’s not a one-and-done.”
<li>Ryan Callahan was smiling after practice. “I was 71 percent on faceoffs last night,” the wing said.