No news. Makes me wonder if he was feeling a lot better and they were hoping to get him cleared by a doctor, but the doctor found a reason to not clear him yet
I was thinking the same thing...like they were possibly going to announce he was cleared to skate, but then he had some symptoms or something like that so we're back to waiting. Hopefully he gets some good news soon.
After signals had been sent early this week the club was preparing to announce the alternate captain would begin skating following a series of exams and treatments that included a cortisone injection in his neck on Sept. 26 and repeated acupuncture beginning the week of Oct. 10, a cone of silence has been dropped over the situation.
Brooks goes on to speculate that the Rangers should consider trading with Nashville for Ryan Suter (or Weber).
There would, however, be a significant price in personnel to pay for Suter, not to mention Weber (for whom the Rangers would have to move at least one significant contract the other way), not to mention any NHL upper-echelon defenseman.
General manager Glen Sather and his personnel people, including assistant GMs Jim Schoenfeld and Jeff Gorton and coach John Tortorella, will have to weigh whether it is necessary to move young blue chippers--the Predators would obviously inquire about Del Zotto, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and Dylan McIlrath, presuming Erixon and Ryan Callahan are off limits)--to fill an immediate need on defense.
Listen, maybe next week there will be good news on Staal. Maybe the week after or the week after that. Maybe the Rangers wonít have to move anyone.
But maybe not. Maybe Staal wonít be able to play this year.
We sure donít know. The Rangers donít either. This is one case where no news is not good news, not good news at all.
Franson has not looked good in Toronto thus far from what I've seen. Not sure what's going on with him, but the argument many Nashville fans made when he was traded, that he had been sheltered on the third pairing in Nashville, seems plausible. I certainly wouldn't mind him on our third pair and second PP unit, if we realize we may need to shelter his even strength minutes, but I would not look at him as any type of savior.
Franson has looked worse in Toronto than he did last year in Nashville. I would give a player like Christensen for him but not too much more. Maybe its just him playing in front of Reimer and not Rinne but he has looked below average. I would be okay with Woywitka and Eminger for now.