Not much happening with the Rangers today … or at least we don’t think so.
So we wait for tomorrow’s game against the Devils. From now (actually starting Jan 2.) this is the only two-day break the Rangers get until Jan. 28-29, when they go west for three in four nights. Other than that, it’s every other night. Or back-to-backs.
Hey, that Tortorella Rule (Torts Reform?) worked for one day, anyway. The Rangers coach didn’t drop a single F-bomb or BS-bomb in his first press conference following the NHL making it illegal for coaches to use such, um, colorful language when the media is present. Of course, Tortorella’s team had just had one of its best wins of the season. So let’s see if the rule really has as much bite as the coach.
I’m old-school on this. If Tortorella or anybody else wants to express himself that way, go for it. I’d rather have to edit or bleep his comments than have him hold back a point he’s trying to make. But, hey, that’s just #@&%! me.
Team USA will name its captain and alternate captains for the Olympic games, which are now just 34 days away. The announcement will be made ta 2:30 p.m., although there isn’t much intrigue about who will be the captain. It has been reported and speculated everywhere that Jamie Langenbrunner will wear the C. I’d bet anything that Chris Drury gets an A.
For those of you into the future NHLers, tonight at 7 p.m. on the NHL Network (and streaming on NHL.com) will be a half-hour show on the mid-season rankings of prospects for the 2010 NHL draft. Those included in the interviews are Windsor Spitfires (OHL) D Cam Fowler and LW Taylor Hall.
LATE MORNING UPDATE, 11:48 A.M.: According to Andrew Gross, Prospal is back in the lineup tomorrow, and skating on the No. 1 line, with Dubinsky moving down to the second line.