Just lost an entire file here with a crappy internet connection at Ottawa Airport. Great trip so far.
The Rangers should be in Columbus shortly. I’m headed for a connection in Detroit.
Did swing by Rangers practice at Carleton University Ice House, a two-rink center on the Ottawa campus.
During the 30-minute session, everybody skated except Derek Boogaard, who was to be sent home to have his sprained right shoulder examined, and Steve Eminger, who has a sore back and is day to day. Todd White will play against the Blue Jackets tomorrow. If Eminger can’t go, the Rangers have six d ready. Boogaard was injured at the end of the first period last night during a fight with Ottawa’s Matt Carkner, who dumped him heavily on the shoulder. Eminger was tripped (no call) by Nick Foligno in the third period and was walking stiffly. He termed himself day-to-day.
Here’s some excerpts from coach John Tortorella’s brief meeting with the press:
On defenseman Michael Del Zotto’s assignment while scratched Thursday:
When I told Tortorella that Del Zotto was amazed at how much slower the game appeared from up high and that he had the time to be patient, the coach said: “It’s easier up there, isn’t it, Zip? He had a homework assignment, he was watching our power play. I haven’t read it yet. Not so much a grade, but we wanted him to pick apart our power play, pick apart his position, so he’s not just sitting up there eating hot dogs, and I know, I haven’t read it yet, but it was very extensive. That’s good for a young player to watch.”
Tortorella hasn’t assigned a similar task on this team, but on previous ones. “Not with Prospal and Dru, but with Michael and the situation we’re in, we’re trying to get him better and more consistent. You give it to him and see how he does. We put some parameters on it, the power play and watching his position. We gave him a pen and paper and we’ll see what we have….I did that with (Pavel) Kubina, when he first broke in (in Tampa). In Rochester, a couple players, when I coached in the American League, we had them do that. Roman Ndur, who’s no longer in the league, but was here for awhile. I’m getting a little Alzheimer’s, Zip, I can’t remember all the names, but we’ve done it. Sully’s (assistant coach Mike Sullivan) the one who came up with it yesterday, so it was his suggestion. And Michael is cerebral. He’s see’s the ice so it’s good for him. It stimulates him during the game. I know Michael’s going to watch. He wants to get better.”
On Boogaard: “We’re gonna send him back. We’re just not sure. It’s probably just a strain, same shoulder. He went down funny.
On Eminger: Rammer (trainer Jim Ramsay) kept him off the ice. He went into the boards funny. We’ll see how the day goes tomorrow.”
On today’s drills: “It was just to skate the soreness out of them, get some shots on the goalies. I didn’t want them thinking a lot, had the lines playing together a little bit.”
(Note: In the odd-man rushes that comprised the second part of practice, the unofficial count was 2-for 12 on the 3 on 1s (Fedotenko, Drury) and 1-for-16 in the 3 on 2s (Dubinsky tip-in).
On the two games against the Sens: “It was a lousy game last night by both teams, but we found a way to win. We played better in the second and third periods of the prior game. We play so many games in this league, it hurts the product sometimes. You’re just not going to be able to play exciting, hard games, good games all the time. It happens often. And the teams that are going to be in there at the end of the year find a way to win those games. Last night we did.” In the 3-1 loss on Sunday, “we were the better team for 40 minutes and we beat ourselves on a blown coverage.”