First, I need to address a few of our bloggers who seem to be angry that I don’t post 24/7. Obviously, those who have been around since Jan. 29 know the deal.
Sam left for greener (literally) pastures at GolfDigest.com. It was an emergency. My bosses were looking for somebody to basically volunteer to keep this blog alive, preferably somebody with experience with the Rangers. I was the obvious choice.
But the caveat is that I had to keep on doing my full-time job as a columnist, which means I don’t have time in my week to attend every practice, or even every single game, or even every single home game. Sorry. I thought, and we think, it is still worth keeping this site going. Most agree.
So, no, I cannot be on top of every little line change, or who’s going to be the healthy scratch every game (we could guess “Prucha” and be right most times). And, ps, the Rangers bloggers who DO blog often and who are at every practice and game, haven’t exactly been filling up the cyberspace with news. You can’t create news, just report it.
However, we have been able to keep up with the important news, even with my limits, and Jane McManus has filled in at practices and games very well, and provided sound bites too (she’s off this week, that’s why she hasn’t posted). Also, I found that sometimes it’s best to just update a current post, or to jump into the comments instead of putting up a new post. Keeps the conversations going.
So, again, I apologize for not posting more often. Most of the readers seem to be enjoying the back-and-forth, the opinions and the news we have provided, though. And I have thoroughly enjoyed being back, even if I go to bed with bloodshot eyes most nights.
Enough about that.
The Islanders are in tonight, and of course this could be the disaster of all disasters this season. Lose to the team many of you so lovingly call “the Fishsticks” and it will be the ugliest night of the season, no doubt.
I have said that I believe there’s every chance that Glen Sather will not make a coaching change during the season. However, if there is a game that could change that, this could be it. Lose to the Islanders at home, and it might be the last straw. And if they do lose, and it isn’t the last straw, then that’s a pretty good indicator that Renney’s staying put … or that it will take a 20-game losing streak to bring him down.
Not advocating, just opining.
I know some people don’t like when I pose questions, but I am curious about something. If the Islanders are sold and relocate, will Rangers fans celebrate or be saddened? I know for the most part, the Isles are annoying to Rangers fans, but they have historically been a great rival. Would you be sorry to lose that rivalry? Or would you drive them to the airport? Don’t feel you have to answer if you don’t want to, and as always, discuss anything you want.
I have an assignment this afternoon, and Sam Borden is going down to do a column on the game. I’ll try to provide some sort of update later.
Andrew Gross, reporting from the morning skate, blogged that Korpikoski is out with an injury and Dawes back in. I believe that the Rangers will have the minimum 20 healthy bodies tonight, so Prucha is still in, too.
Steve Zipay is blogging that Paul Mara’s MRI came back negative — no structural damage, no surgery needed. He’s still in a sling. No timetable for his return.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Here’s a nice story from Harold Gutmann on Henrik Lundqvist doing his part for kids through the Garden of Dreams foundation.