Whenever I think of San Jose, one thing in particular comes to mind: That trip where the Rangers, having a pretty good season as I recall, collapsed. Eric Lindros suffered a concussion (surprise) on a minor collision at center ice, near the boards; and Theo Fleury punched the Sharks’ mascot — he would meltdown further on that trip, “retire” during a game in Pittsburgh, and all of his demons would resurface.
I also think about San Jose being the outpost to which the Rangers banned Adam Graves, getting Mikael Samuelsson in the deal, then getting rid of Samuelsson, and letting Pavel Bure wear Graves’ No. 9.
Anyway, tonight comes a real test, against Dany Heatley, the almost-Ranger, and the boys, on Versus no less. Oh. joy!
Some of my brethren are reporting that Sean Avery is being moved to the second line, in place of Christopher Higgins, on a line with Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan. Maybe that will get all four of them going.
Also, Zipay and Gross reporting Steve Valiquette, off his shutout, will start in goal. I know that annoys some of you, but they have to find games for Valiquette to play and Lundqvist to sit during this Olympic year. It’s a fact of life. LQ will play against the Devils Thursday.
Over at NHL.com is this story: 100 things to know about the first 100 games of the season.
See yas later.