So here’s what’s been holding the Rangers back these past few years. All this time they had been holding their morning skates at 11 a.m., but this year they’re moving them up to 10:30.
A difference maker, I asked Tom Renney?
“Could be,” the coach said with a smirk.
If only it were that simple…
As for real news, Petr Prucha will indeed be a healthy scratch tonight alongside Patrick Rissmiller and Dan Fritsche, while Fred Sjostrom will play left wing with Blair Betts and Colton “Bobby” Orr.
Renney emphasized that this is still an “evaluation period,” and that he needed to get a look at different players, which might explains Sjostrom’s replacement of Prucha. The coach also noted that with the Rangers set to play seven games in 11 nights, there’s a good chance all of tonight’s scratches will get a look in the next couple of games.
But that’s operating under the assumption that all of those players will still be here, which I doubt will be the case. I’m told by the Rangers that nothing is imminent in the way of a roster move, but I still think something is in the works, especially when you have three forwards making a combined $3.4 million in salary this season currently skating extra sprints as I type.
Some other notes:
<li>Don’t forget, live video chat at 1. Here’s “the link”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081007/MOGULUS05/310070015.
<li>The last time the Rangers opened the season 3-0 was 1989-90.
<li>The pre-game ceremonies, which will begin around 7, will include expanded player introductions, and a ceremonial puck drop involving Harry Howell, Andy Bathgate, and Adam Graves — all of whom will have their jersey retired this season. To paraphrase Zip, apparently Joe Biden was unavailable.
<li>Kudos to The Journal News’ Cathey O’Donnell for her exhaustive work on “our NHL salary database”:http://www.lohud.com/article/99999999/DATABASE02/81010017/-1/database. Among this year’s new features: you can search by a player’s country of origin, find the median salary by position, as well as the median salary by team and conference. Great stuff, Cathey, and thank you.
OK, I’m off to The Journal News offices, where there’s an extensive hair and makeup session awaiting before the video chat. If only….