The amount of hockey I play is inversely proportionate to the amount of hockey the Rangers play.
So, for instance, when the team is on the ice every day and is in the middle of a three-in-four night stretch, I’m probably not going to have a chance to lace ‘em up myself.
And when there’s an All-Star Break and the team doesn’t play for a week, well, you have stretches like this week, when I can play at least once, and sometimes twice a day. So if you’re at the Westchester Skating Academy at lunchtime today — and I’ve already seen some of you there — that’s where you’ll find me.
As for more pressing hockey news — yes, I realize the above doesn’t count — Larry Brooks “spells out more of the salary cap problems”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/01232009/sports/rangers/no_time_for_slats_to_be_cheap_skate_151515.htm that could haunt this team down the stretch.
As we’ve said all along, the problem with Glen Sather’s summertime moves isn’t necessarily what you’re seeing on the ice right now, although that’s certainly part of it. It’s more about how this team has handcuffed itself this season and beyond.
Is there any way out of it? Well, naturally if Sather can succeeed in dumping some salary either on another team or in the minors, the Rangers could be allowed more cap flexibility. But that would involve Sather admitting he made more than a few mistakes last July, which he might not be prepared to do.