Lots of election talk at the morning skate, as one might expect. The Rangers have a healthy seven Americans on their roster, and while I didn’t put any on the spot to ask who they voted for (Brandon Dubinsky, for one, had already made clear to me that he’s not comfortable talking politics in public), the subject of long lines at the polls was a popular one.
Paul Mara said he already voted, while Dubinsky, a continent away from his native Alaska, had to submit an absentee ballot.
Meanwhile, some quick notes before tonight’s rematch with the Isles:
<li>By way of Zip, it sounds like “Brendan Shanahan to the Flyers is imminent”:http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Tim-Panaccio/The-Skinny-on-Shanny/2/17670. Yes, the source is a web site of questionable repute, but the writer is a credible former beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. As for the sentiment that the Flyers are misguided in Shanahan when they really need help with team defense, let’s not forget that Shanahan was one of the Rangers’ top penalty-killers, and in the defensive zone at least, has been able to make up for his lack of foot speed with smart positioning.
<li>Expect the same lines I reported from practice yesterday, most notably Markus Naslund with Scott Gomez and Ryan Callahan. Tom Renney did reference the possibility of swapping a few guys around, but I think you can also count on the Dubinsky with Voros and Zherdev and Chris Drury with Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha.Dan Fritsche will be a scratch along with Patrick Rissmiller.
<li>Wade Redden is now skating without a visor, which means practically nothing to everyone expect hockey gearheads like me. “Just to change it up,” Redden said. “It’s more of a feel thing.”
<li>Henrik Lundqist, who will be going for his league-best ninth win tonight, on last Monday’s win over the Islanders: “It was a typical Islanders game. They came out flying and then we settled down and took over a bit. But we know we have to be ready.”
<li>You haven’t really experienced the electoral process until you’ve hauled a 10-month old and a 3-year old into a voting booth. My son Charlie said he wanted to vote for Matt, who is his best friend’s father (I won’t take offense that he never considered me. Maybe I’m in line for a position in the cabinet).
“But where does Matt stand on the issues?” I asked.
“He stands at his house,” he said.
So there you have it.
Update, 1:oo p.m.: Paging, Mr. Weekes…
It’s getting lonely at the top for Henrik Lundqvist. First Rick DiPietro’s knee, now Martin Brodeur’s elbow. The Devils goaltender “will miss three to four months thanks to surgery on his elbow”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=254775&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl.
Laugh all you want, but it does take some of the juice out of the early part of the season, with Brodeur’s chase of Patrick Roy’s win record supposed to be a major storyline. Of course, if Brodeur doesn’t come back until after February, he still should have no problem getting those seven wins.
Tom Gulitti at the Record “has more here”:http://njmg.typepad.com/devilsblog/2008/11/brodeur-out-three-to-four-months-with-torn-biceps.html#more.