That’s the way backup goalie Steve Valiquette describes the mood in the locker room heading into tonight’s game against Dallas.
“Our next three games we’re all pretty much like, let’s go boys, let’s go to work,” Valiquette said. The Rangers are In Dallas, then schlep to the Devils on Monday and host Washington on Wednesday. Those are the three games, and Valiquette said the team will have a better of indication of what the team is made of once that stretch is done.
In his own words:
I’m sure everyone has seen the report on Sean Avery. Would he improve the Rangers? The current issue is scoring, and does he help with that? Even if he does help the team, Avery is probably going to be expensive, and you might have to sacrifice another player on your wish list, a possible move at the trade deadline, to get him. Any cap flexibility would be gone.
By the way, I love this line from his Wikipedia page.
“Avery’s “double life” of being a professional athlete while having an interest in fashion has prompted New Line Cinema to commission a screenplay.”
Unrelated, Carp and Sam Borden are debating the Knicks’ fans and their star treatment of Kobe Bryant and LeBron over at the Faceoff blog. Carp says that Rangers fans would never do such a thing to an opponent.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: (from Carp):
First, Henrik Lundqvist and Paul Mara are both still sick with the flu and out for tonight’s game in Big D. So I guess we’ll see Corey Potter on D. Of course, Valiquette in goal.
Second, I heard that the Avery thing is nothing even remotely close to being a done deal. It is certainly in a discussion phase, and it would take an awful lot to happen for him to actually be elevated from Hartford to the NHL, even if the Rangers do acquire his rights.