Well, it turns out that the one-year, $600,000 contract Alexei Semenov signed on Wednesday may not have actually been signed. The big defenseman, in on a tryout, was not at practice today and apparently some issue has arisen regarding his contract, and now he’s not sure he is or will be a Ranger.
It’s pretty vague at the moment. More as it comes.
Meanwhile, John Tortorella said he will let his team watch the Stanley Cup banner raising, out of respect for the league and because he thinks it’s good for his young players to see.
Also, he said he will name his alternate captains tomorrow morning at the team’s skate/meeting … and that he knows who they are, and that it wasn’t a vote and that captain Chris Drury had no input.
Finally, he doubts that Sean Avery will play tomorrow night, but he hasn’t been completely written off as a possibility.
I’ll update later, hopefully, with quotes.
AFTERNOON UPDATE, 1:28 P.M.: Just got word that Semenov showed up and is on the trip to Pittsburgh with the team. Don’t know if the contract has been worked out yet.
Quotes coming later … but I just wanted to get this up: The lines remained the same today, with Avery alternating with Enver Lisin and Ales Kotalik on a line with Artem Anisimov. The other lines: Dubinsky, Gaborik and Prospal; Callahan, Drury and Higgins; Voros, Boyle and Brashear.
The first PP unit during drills today was Callahan (in front for tips and screens), with Gaborik and Prospal, and the kids — Del Zotto and Gilroy — on the points.