Whether Steve Valiquette is claimed on waivers or clears waivers at noon, Chad Johnson will be summoned from Hartford to be the new backup goalie. I don’t think Valiquette will be claimed. Johnson has already been assigned No. 29, according to Andrew Gross, who added the goalie will not be changing his name to Dos Nueve. Johnson will not be able to practice with the team at 11 today, because he can’t be recalled until noon.
Donald Brashear is hurt again, and Erik Christiansen should be at practice. Not sure what to make of all of this. But it’s another long, slow, empty week. How do they schedule so many days off so early in an Olympic year? I think the Rangers will pay later for these needless days off.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the idea of having a Comment of the Week. Of course that was when everybody was in a much better mood and cracking me up with their comments. The one problem I’ve had is I don’t know how to actually go about having the contest? I can’t go through thousands of comments. And if you guys nominate comments, then I have to go through thousands of comments to find the nominations. Any ideas?
In the meantime, and this downtime, Brendan Shanahan will be a guest on NHL Live today, noon-2 p.m.