It’s been a tough year on a lot of people, but still most of us should count our blessings. I know I’m thankful for something completely out of the blue. My friend Sam Weinman left for greener pastures in January, and I “temporarily” took over this blog. It was a lot of additional work and hours, and some aggravation.
But I never thought, back then, that I’d be thankful that I did it. I am. I feel as if I have a whole new flock of friends … crazies, fanatics, Boneheads … people who insult each other in a hilarious way, people who know how to laugh, people who take ownership in this little piece of cyber real estate. You guys rock. Or, as Sally once said, “You are the awesomest.”
So I am thankful for this, and for all of you (well, most of you). To you and your families, I wish a Happy Thanksgiving and great holidays to follow (including Festivus). Thank you. I mean it.
Some lesser things for which you might be thankful, out of Sunrise, Fla., last night:
1) Matt Gilroy. Good teams are team-tough. Good teams stick up for one another. Good teams have guys willing to sacrifice their facial features to come to the aid of a teammate. Good job, Matt. No. Great job.
2) Somebody said it best, in the earlier thread: He or she wanted a Wade Redden injury update because he was concerned. That’s how far No. 6 had come this year. The Rangers need him. Boy, I could have drawn some laughs with that line last year.
3) Chris Drury made his comeback and had maybe his best game of the season.
4) Dan Girardi had his best game of the season. Christopher Higgins had maybe his best game of the season. Henrik Lundqvist was stellar during the 65 minutes of hockey and the skills competition. Sean Avery keeps getting better. Ryan Callahan was strong. Marc Staal is getting better and better lately. Michal Rozsival (there, I said it) was solid.
5) This game proved what Tortorella says. A good forecheck and good defensive play go hand-in-hand. I think he says that.
6) That guy who ran over Redden and Prospal with legal hits is a monster!
7) The Knicks played, so no postgame. How does that work?
8) This is why I hate the skills competition. Yes, your Rangers got two points out of it. But that would have been a good road tie, with all they endured. If they’d lost the skills competition they’d have felt they lost the game and a point. That would have been lousy after those 65 minutes.
LATE MORNING UPDATE, 10:34 a.m.: The AHL lists Bobby Sanguinetti as a callup by the Rangers today.
Here’s the official word:
NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE
New York, November 26, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Sanguinetti, 21, has registered six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 21 games with Hartford this season. Following a two assist performance last night at Lowell, Sanguinetti leads all AHL defensemen in scoring and ranks fourth in the league overall with 22 points. He has registered six multi-point efforts on the season, including an AHL career-high four-point performance on October 31 against Providence (two goals and two assists). Last season, Sanguinetti led Wolf Pack defensemen in points (42) and assists (36), and set a Hartford single-season rookie record for assists by a blueliner. He also led all Wolf Pack skaters with five points (one goal and four assists) in six AHL playoff contests.
The Trenton, New Jersey native was originally the Rangers first round selection, 21st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.