The Rangers knew it was a risk when they placed Thomas Pock on waivers, and it ended up costing them.
And yet even with Pock being claimed by the archrival Islanders, it’s probably the best outcome for everyone involved.
Whatever upside Pock displayed as a puck-moving defensemen, it was apparent in his tenure with the team that the Rangers’ brass was never too enamored with him. Whether it was an inability to process the game at an NHL speed or whispered doubts about his grit, Pock was never going to get the chance with the Rangers he’ll probably get at Nassau Coliseum.
In other news, Marc Staal skated with the team in Bern today. Whether he plays tomorrow is undetermined, although seeing how the team still has decisions to make on Brian Fahey and Corey Potter, I’d be surprised.