So the Rangers board a plane for the West Coast today, where they’ll play three games in five nights beginning Tuesday, and it turns out Corey Potter will be with them. The defenseman, who made his NHL debut a few games back against Calgary, will give the team a needed seventh defenseman when they’re a continent away from Hartford.
As for the people who won’t be with them:
<li>Mats Sundin. In Sundin’s comments to Katie Strang at Newsday last night, he said “the next couple weeks”:http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/ny-spmats145964781dec14,0,5269414.story?track=rss when asked about his timing.
That was before the big center had a chance to meet with Glen Sather, but even if Sundin is convinced more than ever he wants to be a Ranger, there’s still a lot of maneuvering that needs to be done to make it a reality. And let’s not forget that the Rangers, with two convincing wins against Southeast Division opponents in the last three games, might decide they’re better off without him.
That was a joke by the way.
<li>Me. No, no California sunshine for yours truly. In fact, as far as I know, only two writers are making the trip, a testament more than anything to belt-tightening at newspapers. I’ll be technically taking the week off to spend some time with the family and play some hockey, although I’ll be updating the blog as needed, and closely watching what happens with Mr. Sundin.
More on my plans later…