EVENING UPDATE, 7:40 P.M.: Larry Brooks is reporting from Denver that Ales Kotalik has left the team after being told he was going to be traded. No word on what the deal is. Kotalik apparently is done as a Ranger.
So it’s not bad enough the Rangers are playing so poorly. Now they have to play a second game in two nights on the road, in that altitude, against a pretty good team, and without their goalie.
Nice. Good luck with that.
I am astonished, first of all, that the Rangers didn’t have another goalie flown in to Denver last night. If Ocho gets hurt tonight, it’s going to be the dog-and-pony show to end all shows. What could it cost to get somebody in town just in case? The cost of a flight? Now Lundqvist can’t play tonight, no matter what. Can you even imagine what will happen if Ocho goes down?
Maybe that’s what the big team meeting was about: Tortorella asking around the room if anybody else could play goalie. Maybe Brashear or Kotalik? You know what would happen. Lundqvist would have to suit up, sick as a dog. Perfect.
In terms of trade rumors, well, we know something’s up with Calgary, and we know that Calgary shuffled a lot of players in and out with their trade with Toronto today. So perhaps a trade is coming down. Why is it that we doubt it will be a good one?
You know why.
SECOND EVENING UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Just found out from the Rangers that Lundqvist isn’t so bad that he couldn’t play in an emergency. Tortorella apparently misunderstood the question. Lundqvist will not play if Johnson is struggling, was what he meant to say. If Johnson is hurt, Lundqvist could play.