Yesterday's gone. Let's look ahead. Some Friday storylines:
We should know more about Anton Stralman's status. The guess is that the sides agreed to the terms of a 1-year, $900,000 contract, but the paperwork wasn't ready for NHL registering last night, given that the d-man was reportedly in Sweden. If that's accurate, he could be flying in today, but wouldn't be at the noon practice, which would rule him out for the Montreal game, and probably Sunday's tilt against Winnipeg, because the Rangers won't practice Sunday.
Stralman, 25, attended training camp with the Devils. His tryout expired on Oct. 6, but he went to Ottawa to get a full work visa, and when the Devils had him on hold, he went back to Sweden. The Rangers made an offer, reportedly for one year at about $750,000, on Oct. 25. Stralman’s salary was $1.95 million in 2010-11, when he was 1-17-18 in 51 games for the Blue Jackets, and he was not given a qualifying offer.
On to Wojtek Wolski, who aggravated the groin injury that sidelined him for five games on a first period hit in the corner. Assumption: He's gone for the weekend, so welcome Sean Avery back to the lineup. We'll see where he's skating: My guess would be to the left of Christensen and Deveaux, and Artem Anisimov moves up to Wolski's spot with Stepan and Gaborik. And let's not forget about Mike Rupp's knee. Could he be headed for the IR?
The Rangers do not have a spare forward or D for the B2B, so the possibility of calling up perhaps Carl Hagelin or John Mitchell remains. Mats Zuccarello would barely fit under the cap, which has $1.8 million open, without Stralman. And if a Norwegian newspaper report that Zuke is making rumblings about wanting a trade if the Rangers don't plan to have him in the NHL, well, GM Glen Sather has accomodated those requests in the past: Check the clips on Ales Kotalik, Donald Brashear.
As I wrote last night, I expect Lundqvist back in goal against Montreal, and Biron in against Winnipeg at MSG.
More from practice at noon and remember to follow me for real time reports and commentary on http://twitter.com/stevezipay