With apologies to Rod Stewart (and Sheryl Crow)…
And besides, these will actually be the second cuts…
Either way, the Rangers will make a substantial roster trimming today in time for Hartford to open its formal training camp. I suspect the bubble players will stick around for a while, meaning everyone from Corey Potter to Petr Nedved to Lauri Korpikoski will probably be on the plane to Basil, Swtizerland tomorrow. But it could be a telling day for the likes of Artem Anisimov, Hugh Jessiman, and maybe even Greg Moore.
We’ll know more later for sure.
And speaking of Nedved, here’s my story in today’s paper about how “the center’s apparent resurgence might impact Blair Betts”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080926/SPORTS01/809260405/-1/SPORTS.
Here’s Betts on the matter:
“He’s a great player that has made his name in the National Hockey League. I’m not exactly sure if I’m competing for a spot with him,” Betts said. “If they’re looking to have him play on the fourth line and be on the power play and put the puck in the net and things like that, that’s their decision. My game’s not necessarily to go out there and score every night. It’s to play good defensively and be good on the penalty kill and things like that. Hopefully they have plans for me.”
<li>Not surprisingly, Brendan Shanahan has been skating and working out on his own as he remains in free agency limbo. What is surprising — to me at least — is that he’s been skating and working out at the Rangers’ practice facility, “according to Larry Brooks.”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/09262008/sports/rangers/renney_changes_lines_as_lightning_strike_130853.htm
So maybe that door remains ajar after all….