Good to see many of the younger players skating at the optional skate. Torts must like to see them work even when it isn't mandatory.
Also, as for a 7th d-man, how about M.A Bergeron?
No No No No No No.
I want my 7th defenseman to be reliable in the defensive zone. Besides that, Del Zotto, Gilroy, and Rozsival are very offensive and Redden, Staal, and Girardi can contribute offensively as well. Then in Hartford we have Sanguinetti. If anything this team needs a big defensive defenseman for depth, not an offensive defenseman who has no concept of defense.
I think they can hold off on it. If we suddenly get an injury, a player like Sangs, Sauer or Potter can step in for a few games. If they will show themselves incompetent, there's always a vet to be signed or acquired very cheaply.
Sean Avery, who has missed the opening two games of the season with a sprained knee, is targeting Thursday nightís match in Washington for his 2009-10 debut.
"Iíd have loved to play in [tonightís] Garden opener or Monday in Jersey, but I have to be smart about this and not rush back too soon, especially with a knee," Avery told The Post between periods of Fridayís opening 3-2 defeat in Pittsburgh.
"I donít want to put myself or my team in the situation where I come back before Iím completely ready and then suffer a setback thatís going to keep me out for a month."
"Dru will get some power-play time along the way but right now I think those six forwards who are playing it now deserve the time," Tortorella said after a team meeting this morning in Westchester. "I think (Enver) Lisin has played very well on the power play and has done some really good things offensively there and 5-on-5. Our team has changed a bit as far as personnel. I think he (Drury) will get some time. It's something I'm going to monitor, as far as the finish. To me, he is not a half-wall guy. He's a guy who has done his thing around the net, tipping in goals, banging in rebounds. it's something I have to consider if we don't get finish."
"I'm not gonna lie to you, sure it is. It is a concern, I'm sure something will give sooner or later. We need to do our due diligence. To me, if it's a guy who has some warts, as some of a young kid in our organization, I'd rather keep it within our organization...I don't think that's a really good situation for us. Obviously, we'd like to try to get some sort of veteran who can help out. You can't force-feed that position continually, as young as we are right now. That's why it's taking some time, we want to find the right guy that understands that role while we get to continue to develop our young guys along the way."
Sounds like an incredibly fair assessment of Drury's game. What did he say that was so insulting, that Dru isn't a half-wall guy? He's not, and I think Drury would agree that he's better utilized in front of the net.