Update, 2:42 p.m: Patrick Rissmiller has indeed been placed on waivers by the Rangers.
Update, 1:35 p.m.: TSN is reporting the Rangers have placed Patrick Rissmiller on waivers, something the team hasn’t confirmed yet.
If it’s true, the best case scenario for the Rangers is another team claims Rissmiller on the way down. But if he clears and the Rangers try to recall him, they risk paying half his $1 million salary should another team claim him on the way up.
Translation: I don’t know how much more we’ll be seeing of Rissmiller this year.
Earlier: The Rangers’ reward for their 2-1 loss to Dallas last night?Â An extended series of sprints in practice today.
Good times, I noted to Marc Staal.
“Always a blast,” the defenseman said while stepping off the ice.
Don’t read too much into it, actually. The Rangers have prided themselves on being one of the fittest teams in the league, and according to Tom Renney, one of the downsides of having such a busy schedule is the team simply hasn’t had enough practices.
Judging by the expressions from doubled-over players, I’m not sure they agree that’s a bad thing.
“We’ve been going at it harder than any team in the NHL,” Renney said. “It might be catching up to us a little.”
But now the team gets a brief respite. After today’s skate, they’ll take tomorrow off, and won’t play again until Friday night in Columbus.
In the meantime, a few notes:
<li>Mark it down: We’re coming back with another live video chat Thursday at 1.
<li>Renney admitted the team is still busy evaluating four players in particular, and trying to figure out who is worth keeping around and who is worth dealing. But the coach implied there is nothing on the table with another team right now.
Presumably the four players are Petr Prucha, Patrick Rissmiller, Dan Fritsche, and Lauri Korpikoski. But while Korpikoski was a scratch last night, I would doubt that the team is seriously considering moving Korpikoski, who was back skating on a line with Chris Drury and Markus Naslund today.
“Iâ€™d like to get moving on some things. I think we all would,” Renney said. “In fairness to the players, they need to know theyâ€™ve been given that opportunity to secure a spot and we still have a gray area. We have three guys who are NHLers who arenâ€™t in our lineup every night. Thatâ€™s a bit of a dilemma.
“Itâ€™s more of what we have in front of us, and who gives us the best chance to win. The other side of the equation is if management were to say, â€˜Weâ€™ve got something going on for that guy. How does that interest you?â€™ Thatâ€™s a different equation and weâ€™re not at that equation. Weâ€™re looking at these three guys, really four, and identifying who makes our team stronger.â€
See my previous post about why I think this is important for this team.
<li>Stephen Valiquette slipped out of the locker room fairly quickly today so I didn’t get a chance to ask him about Sean Avery’s “minor leaguer” comment last night. But I did ask Henrik Lundqvist, who not only was unaware of what Avery said, he also didn’t know of what Valiquette and Brandon Dubinsky had said implying the Rangers were better off without the left wing.
When Lundqvist was told about the exchange, the goalie broke into a wide smile, to the point that he was holding back laughter.
Then he walked away, “I have no comment.”
<li>Either Michal Rozsival really doesn’t know which number he’s going to switch to after his No. 3 is retired on Harry Howell night, or he’s intent on keeping it to himself (this might be of little consequence to you, but for the record, I did stop into Tir Na Nog for a pint after the game last night, and the guy next to me at the bar was wearing a Rozsival jersey. So you know it matters to someone).
“First I have to still be here,” he said. I’m pretty sure he was joking.
I asked Rozsival if he was going to pull a Ray Bourque, who on the night of Phil Esposito’s jersey retirement night, pulled off his No. 7 sweater to reveal his new number, 77. Rozsival had no idea what I was talking about.
“That’s a great idea,” he said, before referring to Rangers’ PR chief, John Rosasco. “Tell JR.”
Then Rozsival paused. “But I’m not the same player as Bourque,” he said.
Well, now that you mention it…