So Tom Renney’s experiment one day becomes a reality the next. The coach will sit down two of his most energetic players in favor of Dan Fritsche, who hasn’t played in 20 games, and Aaron Voros, who has missed the last five.
Renney said the move was more a match-up decision against the bigger, physical Ducks. Although Prucha hadn’t been told as much by Renney, we passed along what the coach told the media after the morning skate.
“You know more than me,” an amused Prucha said. “Aaron is a bigger, stronger guy than me, so he can play more physical. So if coach wants to match up against bigger players, he’s probably a better player than me for that.”
Spoken like a true good soldier.
Meanwhile, Korpikoski didn’t seem too annoyed, either, perhaps because he’s emerged from these benchings before.
“Of course it’s disappointing when you’re not playing,” Korpikoski said. “You want to play every game. But you do what the coach tells you to do. There’s nothing you can say or do. You just keep working hard and when you get the opportunity again, be a little bit better again. I’ve been in this situation before and it doesn’t help to pout. You just have to stay positive and have a good attitude.”
Some other notes:
<li>Voros is expected to skate with Brandon Dubinsky and Nikolai Zherdev; Fritsche will play on the right side with Chris Drury and Nigel Dawes. The other lines will stay the same.
<li>Korpkikoski at least showed his father a good time this weekend. The rookie said his father was so impressed with the first-class treatment, he was snapping photos of the inside of the hotel room in Chicago.
<li>As of now, the Rangers plan to be off after tonight until next Monday at 3 p.m.. There were rumblings that the team could squeeze in another practice at 9 a.m. tomorrow, but that hasn’t been decided upon.
More later. I’m off to watch history…