In the event Woywitka can't go tomorrow, the Rangers have recalled Tim Erixon from the Whale (via Chris Botta).
Gross adds that the recently recalled Stu Bickle will replace Steve Eminger (shoulder) in the line-up tomorrow over Erixon because of his physical play. Erixon will only play if Woywitka can't go.
Speaking of Eminger, John Tortorella says he will be out 8-10 weeks.
According to Pat Leonard, Torts also says Mike Sauer (concussion) will be out for awhile and Wojtek Wolski (hernia) will be out another week to 10 days.
...holy crap these guys are dropping like flies.
...got to feel for Eminger.
In positive injury news, Gross adds Marc Staal practiced for the first time without a non-contact jersey, however, he has not been cleared for contact yet. He should be cleared in a few days.
...huh? Why would he practice in a regular jersey if he hasn't been cleared for contact yet?
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Here's the five lines at practice today also courtesy of Gross...
...should we call the fifth line the "Healthy Scratch" line?
...in all seriousness, with all the forwards healthy it's really tough for me to complain about Avery not being in the line-up.
would rather have Wolski in there over Mitchell. Mitchell has been a good call-up, but it's not like he really brings much to the table. Let's at least give Wolski a chance to get some games and see if he can produce.
@thenyrblog I clicked it. Son of a....
Fed needs to be cut. But he won't because Torts just won't get the idea through his head that he's a worthless player. Same can be said for Mitchell, Christiansen, and Boyle. Wholly unimpressed.
As for Eminger, yeah that's a bad rap, he's not a WOW type defenseman, but he gets the job done. I think he'll have a bigger impact by being out than anyone else.
@thenyrblog I think that Sauer has started light workouts already is good news...not bad. and a time line for WW is good as well.
@thenyrblog imo the news with staal is more important then eminger, etc.
@cb1 i gotta disagree. wolski needs a sports shrink and then a one way ticket to the KHL. mitchell plays hard and has some chemistry with hags.
BTW, there was a lot of talk the other day about Tort overusing McDonagh and Girardi. Suddenly I don't think he can use them enough! Amidst all the defense injuries and the stellar play of the 2 I just mentioned, I am ecstatic with the season so far from MDZ...combo of hitting and now some offense coming around!
@IMLazzaro hmmm. i;d say keep feds and mitch for sure. EC is a flop at most and boyle needs a reality check in terms of his career. feds ahas exp and shows some great play when given the ice time.
@IMLazzaro Fedentenko? Really? He has two Stanley Cup rings — that kind of experience goes miles once this time is in the playoffs.
@Rangerfan41 Torts says it's going to be awhile with Sauer. That's not good news to me.
@agentsmithNY Good point but Sauer and Woywitka news are very troubling.
Feds has specifically mentioned that strength is a huge part of his game, and the early season he was unable to spend time in the gym (because of their travel schedule). Since then, Feds has been trying to build strength between games, and by the look of his game has been unsuccessful. Perhaps some time as a scratch would allow Feds to get himself into the shape he wants to be in to play better?
@_Jack his 10 points going miles to help the Rangers win?
@thenyrblog Bad news would be "Sauer is at home resting and cant work out yet" or "Sauer is going to see a specialist"
@thenyrblog why? woyw is prob just dtd. sauer imo took a much worse hit then staal. phaneuf destroyed him.
@IcyCup I've watched plenty of games. I hear Feds name come up only when he takes a penalty. He's invisible out there. The only players on the team with a lower shot % are Mitchell and Sauer. He doesn't bring anything to the forecheck and he isn't doing anything to help on defense (-1) He's taking up a roster spot in the last year of his career when the NYR have a ton of young talent aching for a tryout at the NHL level. But Torts will keep him around because he plays favorites.
@IMLazzaro this isnt a video game, feds brings more than points to the team. im not sure if youre catching a lot games.
@IMLazzaro Team game buddy, team game.
@_Jack Yes, they're winning. Is it really because of Fedotenko? No. It's not. It's in spite of his shitty play that they're winning.
@IMLazzaro I don't know if you're watching any of the games this season or have checked the standings but the Rangers are winning.
@Rangerfan41 Bad news is defined differently by different people.