Since I’m pretty sure the details of my own hockey exploits are not what you’re hear for, some quick notes before the live chat:
<li>Here’s the “link to the chat”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081021/MOGULUS05/310210006, which will begin at 1.
<li>Tom Renney looks like he’ll be jumbling his lines for tomorrow in Columbus, most notably by putting Nikolai Zherdev with Chris Drury and Markus Naslund.
Here’s what was practicing together today:
As I see it, these lines could go a long way toward getting Naslund and Drury going (Drury in particular has shown signs of being visibly frustrated). But the concern might be if it comes at the expense of Brandon Dubinsky and Aaron Voros. Granted, that line has been quiet the last few games, but it obviously showed promise when it was first put together.
<li>Note that Fritsche’s insertion into the lineup would allow him to play against his old team in front of a healthy group of friends and family. As much as Tom Renney says that sort of thing is not a consideration, he did the same with Petr Prucha.
<li>If this holds up, the scratches would be Petr Prucha and Lauri Korpikoski. Then there’s Patrick Rissmiller, who after clearing waivers, practiced with the team today.
It’s important to note that the left wing has not yet been assigned to Hartford, so he could conceivably be put back in the lineup without clearing waivers again. I was admittedly wrong about this, because I thought once you went on waivers, you automatically had to go through re-entry waivers. Instead that only happens when you’re officially assigned.
More important, though, is that in not being assigned, Rissmiller’s $1 million still counts toward the cap, which was initially unclear. Granted, if the Rangers had something brewing where they needed to clear up roster or salary cap space, they could simply assign Rissmiller to Hartford since he’s already cleared.
My head is spinning. See you in a few minutes…