I’m so sorry to hear that it’s cold and rainy on the West Coast. Really, I am. It breaks me up.
In the meantime, some notes from the cozy confines of Blog Headquarters:
<li>The real trading deadline isn’t for another few months, but the Rangers are confronting their own of sorts “given the whole Mats Sundin situation”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2008/12/15/agent-rangers-have-offered-sundin-a-framework/. In fact, here’s my new question:
If Sundin says he’ll decide by the end of the week where he wants to play, and the Rangers have until Friday before the NHL’s week-long roster freeze, does the team make a move to clear roster space without a commitment from Sundin that he wants to play for them? In other words, is there a scenario in which the team trades or waives a player but then sees Sundin go to Vancouver anyway?
Of course, if that does happen, we’re not necessarily talking about a devastating loss but a player the team might have been looking to move regardless. The only scenario in which the Rangers confound themselves if they completely restructure their roster to make room for Sundin — i.e. moving one of their core players — but as of now, that doesn’t seem likely.
<li>Completely unrelated to big Mats is my story in today’s paper “on the Rangers’ shootout prowess”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081216/SPORTS01/812160386/-1/SPORTS, in which players and coaches divulge some of their, ahem, strategies (starting with, “OK, Henrik, you’re in net”).
I did note the irony that Tom Renney is coach benefiting most from the shootout these days. Don’t forget that it was Renney who was behind the bench as coach of Canada in the 1994 Olympics gold medal game, when Peter Forsberg won the shootout with the greatest move in history (later celebrated on a stamp)
I remember exactly where I was watching that game, in some dorm common area at Colby College, shaking off the cobwebs from a particularly late night out and preparing for the drive south back to UNH. A few days later I remember trying the move in a pickup game. Let’s just say there was no stamp to commemorate my effort.
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And speaking of my endlessly fascinating hockey career, I’m off to WSA in a bit for a midday skate. If I see Sundin there, then we’ll know he’s serious about picking the Rangers…