Sather specifically mentioned that they knew they were going to have to "rehab" Wolski. Sounds like they intend to invest time and effort in him. Which, to me, means, they want to get him into camp next year, get in "Ranger shape" and build him back up. I think he's here until at least the trade deadline of 2012.
2. You don't play guys in the lineup for shootouts, if that's the only thing EC can contribute then he should not be playing on a night by night basis in case of a shootout.
oh, i absolutely agree, and I'm not advocating that we should, but Torts seems to like EC and I'm guessing that he tries to find a spot for him in the lineup. And if that happens, and it doesn't come at the expense of MZA, that would appear to be a formidable looking shootout lineup... on paper.
Missing from Action...Callahan, Christensen, Prospal, Boogaard, & Usual regular Del Zotto in CT.
I think Boogie is done for the year, Prospal however will probably come back just in a very limited role after all they said he's been skating and that knee isn't swelling up which is a plus. To those that think Callahan shouldn't be where MZA is I think thats wrong. MZA certainly hasn't out played Callahan in that 2nd line RW position so when Cally's back it will at least knock down him to either 3rd line or LW.
Prospal to me could be seen as early as mid February but again in a limited role. Leaving Prospal and Boogie out of any particular changes I see it shaking out with very subtle changes...meaning no Richards, Iginla, Pavelski or anything major, the biggest thing may be done by acquing a defenseman but, I don't see a major trade in the works.
The pieces I would expect to be at least discussed leading up to the deadline would be..Christensen, Avery, Drury, Eminger/Del Zotto, Gilroy, and this farfetched notion of Gaborik.
Some names I expect to hear us inquiring about but like I said earlier nothing getting done are...Richards of course, Kaberle, Pitkanen, Phillips, and this talk about Iginla it seems farfetched but if we didn't look at the age difference of the two superstars it does make some sense...Iginla is your 35-50 goal scorer who plays the game like all current rangers do hard in the corners, drops the gloves, and rarely injured, ect..where as our boy Gaborik who if he is injured it must be a arm or wrist injury cuz his shot looks nothing like it did last year. Hates the contact, and I think the reason for that lack of chemistry with linemates is that he isn't getting into that hard nosed grinding Rangers type of game. Again farfetched but it makes some sense in a twisted way..just my take..
as much as i like watching avery play, i think he and drury need to get out of town, they really dont do much for us, drury blocks shots, pk, but the captain of our team shouldnt be an aging utility player. as for avery, he is the most noticable and useful guy on the ice every 10th or 15th game, not worth keeping around