Lots of injury news from practice today as Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record says John Moore was given a maintenance day likely to heal the after effects of John Scott's hit on him last night.
...let's hope this is more Derek Stepan maintenance day than Rick Nash maintenance day.
Meanwhile, Gross adds that Derek Dorsett shot pucks for a second straight day and says the injured Ranger will likely have an x-ray on his broken clavicle this week. Here's Dorsett...
“I’ll go for another X-ray I imagine sometime next week and we’ll see how it’s healing and hopefully do some contact stuff. I think as soon as the docs feel the X-rays are cleared up and look solid and I’m not going to re-hurt it, that’s what I’m waiting for, the clearance. I don’t know how (the shoulder) would handle it now. I don’t know how it will handle it in a week.”
Columbus doctors had told Dorsett, who still hasn't been cleared for contact, he'd be out 6-8 weeks and this is week seven.
...if I have to guess, I'd say he'll likely be back for Thursday's game in Carolina.
...earlier today, I speculated Asham or Pyatt will come out of the line-up once Dorsett is healthy, but I completely forgot, probably because he's getting zero ice time while being buried on the fourth line, about Kreider. He'll definitely be on his way back to the Whale. Those other two are likely safe until Boyle is ready to return.
#NYR Marc Staal tried out tinted visor, which cuts out the glare from the lights. No issues. Will continue to wear it next time he skates— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) April 20, 2013
...blurred vision. Tinted visors. Dilated pupils. None of this sounds very good to me.
...seriously, how is he supposed to play the fast paced, hard hitting game of hockey with basically one eye? I hate to say it, but maybe shutting him down is the best idea before he further injures himself when he doesn't see an on-coming opponent out of the corner of his eye.
It's a shame what this organistion is doing with Kreider. They are distroying a bright young future star and it is mostly Torts's fault. Also, I agree with Kevin, Staal should be shut down for the season. This team is not going anyplace in the playoffs. Probably will be knocked out in the first round.
See how good the rangers play without BRIAN BOYLE in the lineup?...He cant skate; has to be one of the slowest, awkward skaters in the NHL, backs down from fights with players his own size, cant score....etc,etc....yet Torts puts him in the power play!....LOL(HYSTERICS)
Here's the deal with Staal - the team and (more importantly) their doctors will make the appropriate call. We can speculate all we want about if he can or should return, but in the end we're not the guys with the information OR the epertise to make the call. Whatever it is, its the move and we'll live with it. I just hope he's back, because we need him to make any memorable level of noise this postseason.
The OT may not be the worst thing, if they win tmw they really are putting heat on the Isles, open up a 3 pt lead on the Jets and because it was not a regulation win could likely win a tie breaker against the Isles due to their better record against them. If the Jets had won, they would have snuck into 8th tmw if the Rangers lose tmw; this way they are guaranteed 8th for at least another day. It'll all play out. The bigger crime was the Rangers losing to the Panthers a couple of weeks ago. If they miss the playoffs THAT'S the game they'll point to.
It is unfortunate, but I think the Rangers organization knows that Staal could be the difference maker for this team this year, and could be the player that carries them to the cup. A lot of you may say how does one defenseman do that, well he basically cancels out the opposing team's best player whether that is Crosby or Ovi. That is a HUGE asset, without which I don't think the Rangers go anywhere. Having said that the Rangers are not going to push him, but they are trying to make sure he is ready to go if there are any improvements which I PRAY FOR
The Staal thing is so depressing. (particularly for him I imagine). He finally got back to form after 1 year and now, let's face it, he may never be the same. Hope I'm wrong, but I share your skepticisim
@scrangersfan you know I don't get people that say the rangers will now out in the first round. In April there has been no team more dangerous. We lead the league in goals with 41, which is more than Pittsburgh or Chicago. Not to mention I would rather have our defense and goaltender as well in comparison to those teams. I would argue right now the most dangerous teams in the east are all 3 Atlantic division teams who seem to be playing their best hockey, while Boston and Montreal have faded. Haven't been following the west but I would imagine LA and Chicago are in there too. With or without staal this team can do damage, adding him to the mix makes us that much better. To show this little faith shows that you are either a fan of another team trolling or just have no faith
@scrangersfan stop blaming torts
@motif wow this hater-parade just wont end... I feel bad for you guys, really...
@coolandluke I was going to say the bigger crime was waiting until OT to beat the Islanders last weekend. That point could haunt us, but like you said, a loss to the worst team in the league could, too.
@Josh6 @scrangersfan You have to forgive me if I sound pessimistic but after rooting for this team for almost 50 years, they'd broken my heart too meny times.. My new attitude is show me before I believe it.I guess you could call me pessimistic but I hope you're right about the Rangers being dangerous in April because 1 cup in 72 years just don't cut it for me anymore.
@mistermarm It is what it is man, The guy is clueless as to how to nurture (hope I spelled it correct) young talant. Hi's best asset is intimidation.
@johnnyb3910 @coolandluke how bout a couple of months ago losing to a buffalo team with their backup goalie who hasn't wins game in his last 15 appearances?
@johnnyb3910 scary stuff indeed.