Some quick notes from today’s non-practice:
<li>Just a quick off-ice workout for the Rangers today. Tom Renney said he wanted to mix things up, and didn’t even have the video session he was planning. That part will come tomorrow, and it sounds like there will be plenty to discuss.
<li>That said, no lineup changes are expected, making this one of the longest streaks of the same line combinations all season. That’s good news for everyone except for Aaron Voros and Dan Fritsche, both of whom were scratches last night, and are expected to be scratched again tomorrow in Chicago.
I asked Voros about his time out of the lineup, and the forward was both honest and diplomatic.
“It’s bittersweet obviously,” he said. “You want to be in helping the team and you consider yourself valuable, but obviously we’re performing well. So here’s no reason to change anything. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I understand. I’d be lying if i said i wasn’t disappointed with the way things have gone, but I hope when I get my opportunity, I’ll be ready to play.”
One of the ways Voros hopes to stay ready is by continuing to work on his fitness. You may recall Tom Renney said that had dropped off a bit before taking taking the player out of the lineup. When I asked Voros about his conditioning, he paused for a few seconds before answering.
“Obviously the coach wants what’s best for the team,” he said. “They have no other prerogative than getting wins. So if the coach has decided your fitness level has slipped, they obviously have the most to gain by having you perform at the highest level. So that’s something they noticed and felt I needed to address. And I have addressed it.”
<lI>The team is having its annual Dads Weekend on the trip to Chicago and Pittsburgh. Eighteen fathers of players will be traveling with the team and staying with their sons, including the fathers of Henrik Lundqvist and Markus Naslund (coming from Sweden) and Lauri Korpikoski (from Finland).
<li>Strange sight of the day: Lundqvist, Chris Drury, and strength and conditioning coach Reg Grant being put through a yoga workout in the fitness room by a visiting female instructor.