Heave ho, three in a row.
Lots going on with this team so early.
1) If John Tortorella really was Mike Keenan-esque, he’d be in Glen Sather’s office today telling him to get rid of Rozsival or I’ll just bury him. I don’t think Torterella is that way, though. Rozsival had a chance to wipe out Ovechkin at the first-period buzzer, instead went for the poke check and missed, and got lucky that the buzzer sounded with Ovechkin still with the puck and nobody between him and Lundqvist. I believe he also committed the gaffe that led to the first goal.
2) Torts sure got some players’ attention last night, though, including Rozsival (who sat the whole third period) and Aaron Voros (who committed a ridiculous penalty in the third) and I imagine Donald Brasher (who somehow committed another).
3) Here we go again with this “upper body injury” stuff. I know, a lot of you guys aren’t bothered by it. To me it says, “We’re lying to your face” and I hate that. I think it totally slaps you fans in the face when somebody as important and beloved as Callahan is hurt and they won’t tell you what’s wrong.
4) Give Callahan the “C.” I know, that’s not going to happen. If I’m Tortorella, though, I make Callahan a permanent “A” and let the other one rotate between Dubinsky and Gaborik. Maybe one at home (Dubinsky) and one on the road. The Rangers had four alternates in ‘94. That worked out well.
5) Gaborik is exactly what they were missing last year. Exactly. They didn’t have a single top-10 scorer type on the roster. And now you see the type of difference one big gun can make. Imagine if they didn’t have all that money tied up in B-list players, they might be able to afford another Gaborik type.
6) Ron Duguay still has a terrible time trying to say “Tortorella.”
7) Right after the postgame came the Rangers’ Jeff Beukeboom feature. I loved it. I wish they had asked me to participate as I did for some of the others, because I’ve got a few great Beuk stories. Remind me Sunday or Monday to tell you my favorite. How does Slats not get interviewed for a piece on Beukeboom?
8) I said it the day it happened … I think the Kotalik signing was terrific, and very much the type of signing the Rangers rarely make while they throw money at bigger names. OK, maybe he still got too much (3 years, $9 million) but he’s a solid, solid multi-dimensional player.
Me and my friend Mr. Titleist are going to attempt to be reacquainted today. Of course, as has happened just about every single time we’ve met this year, the forecast is dreadful. See youse later.