That’s about the extent of the news from today’s optional morning skate before the Rangers face the struggling Ottawa Senators tonight.
Among the notes:
“It is what it is,” Gomez said of his ankle after an off-ice workout. “It’s gotten a little better and it should get better every day.”
Notice how Gomez did not say he felt close to being game ready. And now having not skated hard for close to a week, I’d put Wednesday against the Canucks as doubtful as well.
Speaking of the Canucks, their former captain Markus Naslund did skate today and will play tonight after missing practice yesterday with an undisclosed body contusion.
“It’s been somewhat predictable in the sense we know what we were getting in terms of the poise and experience,” Renney said. “Experiencing New York City and MSG for the first time you could see there were some growing pains, but there was for our team there still is. What I’m seeing of late is someone who is true to himself in how he copes with things. He doesn’t get worked up as he continues to work on his game. And I think the last little while as he keeps things simple, he’s been real successful and he feels much better as a result.”
“Because of his ability to play and his experience, you’d like to see Wade being more proactive and be one of those guys that initiates.”
The truth is the $39 million man was better on Saturday night, but when it comes to both Redden and Rozsival — or any defenseman for that matter — I still think a seventh defensmen allows Renney the option of sitting down a struggling player on occasion. But if the team carries only six, there is no real specter of consequence.
As any coach will say, ice time is your only chip.
“That was an awkward 10 seconds,” Dawes said. “We didn’t get the standing ovation like Magic (Johnson).”
“He’s really emotional, and talks very intensely,” Sjostrom said.
Sjostrom said he liked Tocchet as a coach, but didn’t exactly say he expected to Tochet to flourish in his new job. Maybe that’s because an overly emotional coach with a veteran team has already proven to be problematic.