The Rangers had their Thanksgiving dinner in Tampa. Tonight some of them go for a little revenge for desert. I’m not sure there’s really any motivation for coaches and players returning to play their old teams. But in this case, John Tortorella was fired by the Lightning after winning a Stanley Cup there, I don’t know the situation surrounding Mike Sullivan, but I do know the minute his contract expired he joined Tortorella here, and Vinny Prospal was bought out with three years left on a four-year contract. Told to get out, basically.
Here’s Andrew Gross’s story on their return. Tortorella, as expected, gave the “it’s not about me” answer to most questions.
Bobby Sanguinetti goes into the lineup in place of Wade Redden, who is expected to be out 5-7 days with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Ales Kotalik could return.
In case you missed it, the NHL celebrated its actual 92nd birthday yesterday.
I’m driving up to Syracuse for three state championship football games this weekend. Hope to get up there in time to A) give you all a clean slate for the game tonight and B) watch the game. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do either. Maybe the Blogmama will jump in this evening. Behave.