Big news at practice today as Mats Zuccarello skated with his teammates for the first time since fracturing his hand during the Olympics.
Zuccarello began the day flipping pucks on goal before practice but when the session began he started to take shots with more authority.
...even though the timetable remains the same it's very encouraging to see the progress Zuccarello's made in just a few days.
...and he better get back in the lineup soon because if Miller continues play the way he did last night there might not be room for Zuccarello in the lineup. Can you say Wally Pipp? I kid of course.
Speaking of not having a spot in the lineup, Alain Vigneault says he's still mulling whether or not to get Derek Dorsett in a game this weekend against the Flyers or Bruins as he's very happy with the play of Dan Carcillo and the rest of the fourth line.
...no way Carcillo comes out of the lineup tomorrow in Philadelphia after the impact he had the last time these two teams got together. #carcilloeffect
...one other option AV has is to insert Dorsett for Boyle who is expendable in games against tougher opponents such the two this weekend.
For those of you wondering about Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi they were both on the ice for practice.
...looks like this might go down to the March 5th deadline. Purchase your alcohol and xanax accordingly.
Zuccarello pic courtesy of Rangers Twitter account.
Felt a sting? Let the hand heal, Zuc! Jeez I hope Zucca is sensible and just doesn't try to force the issue.Healing takes a bit of time but - amazing- it works like clockwork if one doesn't aggravate the injury.I hope he just takes it easy for awhile.
I am still pissed he's out for the Boston game Sunday as I am making the trek up from DC, and was really looking forward to cheering for the Norwegian hobbit!!!
Hobbit Power - MZA - FTW!!!
girardi is signed. 6 years 5.5 mil with a nmc for the first 3 years and a partial nmc for the last 3. im glad he will be on our team for a while. hes kind of important.
If Sather is looking at a considerable run in the playoffs, we seriously need a more formidable presence at Center in at least the first line. Stastny or Ott would be a nice get.
I was thinking with watching Miller play, I get why he was put on the third line to take on Zucc's place instead of Dorsett. But do you think there's any possibility that AV and Sather want to see how Miller's game looks in the case of a Cally and see how comfortable Miller is taking on an increased load? Since it seems like AV is preparing for life without Cally which was made clear to me by putting Nash on the second PK unit with Dom Moore. It's an interesting situation that we're in right now with the trade rumors and everything.
@TheNYRBlog apparently no one appreciates sarcasm anymore...
@TheNYRBlog Please share those good drugs. JT played ONE great game last night but there's ZERO chance our top scorer is a healthy scratch.
@TheNYRBlog yeah, there is just so much offensive talent on the roster that it would make sense keeping a third line rookie in over Zucc.
@MikeBlue Ott a first line center???
I would love to get Ott. Gritty, agitating, veteran, great on face-offs. But wouldn't want to give BUF what they're asking for.
@JoshKaye Nash was outstanding on Team Canada's PK. So AV is utilizing one of his players strengths which has become very evident .However,you are right, it does make Callahan more expendable if another player is just as or more effective in the PK role.
@ScottyHockey Did you leave your sense of sarcasm in Sochi?
@TheNYRBlog did I ever have one?