A few notes from practice:
That of course means that Dmitri Kalinin, he of the minus-17 rating, will not be taking a seat anytime soon.
“Not yet,” Tom Renney said when asked if he was ready to sit Kalinin. “It’s something to consider down the road, but that’s the same for any of our defenseman quite honestly. We’re not singling out any of our defenseman at all. We believe that Corey can play play at this level and that’s a good place to be quite honest with Hartford being so close. So it’s something to consider down the road.”
Just not next week.
“Down the road,” Renney said. “Wherever that road goes.”
With Colton Orr’s goal last night, by the way, Kalinin is the only remaining skater on the Rangers roster without a goal.
Meanwhile, speaking of Sundin, it’s safe to say not everyone on the Rangers follow the news the same way. For instance, when I asked Fred Sjostrom about the Sundin reports, the left wing was completely in tune with what was going on.
“I’ve heard the rumors for a while now,” Fred Sjostrom said. “It’d be cool if he came here. “He’d definitely be an asset.”
But then there’s Brandon Dubinsky. I asked the center if he had ever played wing in his career, and he launched into an answer about how he hasn’t, but he could, and “whatever Tom wants is fine with me.”
“Do you know why I am asking?” I said to Dubinsky.
The player offered little more than a blank look in return. When I told him that Sundin was going to be at the Garden on Saturday, it was clear Dubinsky had no idea what I was talking about.