Some thoughts as we stand in the middle of the preseason:
1) Are you a little concerned about the number of goals allowed in the first three games? I know, it hasn’t been the whole team, and maybe they haven’t worked on system enough, and certainly you don’t put a lot of stock in results of exhibition games anyway. But aren’t we seeing some of the same sloppy away-from-the-puck play we saw last year, from some of the same people?
2) On that note, there was a goal the other night on which Erik Christensen made an dreadful defensive attempt in the neutral zone and Marian Gaborik made an even worse one in the defensive zone. What I wonder is, while Christensen and rookie Derek Stepan have gotten so much opportunity between Gaborik and Alex Frolov, why hasn’t defensively-responsible Artem Anisimov had his shot?
3) Who are the final cuts? Below is the current roster, including Chris Drury. There are 25 forwards and defensemen for a maximum of 21 spots (more likely 20 or 19 since John Tortorella doesn’t like having extra bodies around; but perhaps that changes with cap room now). Are we to believe the last cuts will be anybody other than Michael Sauer, Pavel Valentenko, Tim Kennedy and Todd White? Or will there be a surprise or two in there?
Here’s the roster as it stands:
Goal (2): Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist
Defense (9): Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Matt Gilroy, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michal Rozsival, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal, Pavel Valentenko
Forward (16): Artem Anisimov, Sean Avery, Derek Boogaard, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Chris Drury, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, Marian Gaborik, Tim Kennedy, Vinny Prospal, Brandon Prust, Derek Stepan, Todd White.
Eleven days remaining until the Opener.
11: Hector Lopez.
11: Adam Graves, Kelly Kisio, Vic Hadfield, and some other guy who also wore the “C.”
Finally, thanks to the esteemed Doodie, who tipped us off to the Rangers being put on waivers.