Rangers coach John Tortorella is back home in Florida rehabbing following hip replacement surgery. Takes awhile, but he'll be ready for camp. I had procedure couple years ago, no lingering pain; that titanium loves me. Skiing's out, but have returned to playing squash, etc. Problem the coach will have is not trying to get back up to speed too quickly.
FYI, I'm available for consultation on beach reads, exercise issues and line combinations. Haha....
With the first Blue Notes mock draft in the books and the Conference Finals underway next week, it's probably time to schedule another FWC (Fabulous Weekly Chat), which has been on a brief hiatus. It'll be Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. What's best day for you folks?
U.S. -Finland live at 2 p.m. today on Universal Sports. US coach Scott Gordon has had Brandon Dubinsky at center rather than wing, which may not be where his greatest value lies. From what I've seen T.J. Oshie has looked pretty good, but no one's scoring. They need to throw shots from everywhere today and stay in front of the net. Wouldn't mind seeing Kreider higher than on fourth line. Have a feeling Jack Johnson could have a big game.
When Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh hosts its last game (could it be tonight?) MSG will be oldest NHL arena. But the Garden has been upgraded through the years and given the $600-million Garden renovations over the next three summers, Nassau Coliseum will be by far the most outdated. (UPDATE: I've underestimated inflation again; I've been advised that cost of Garden reno is now forseen at between $775 million and $850 million.)
The Isles lease runs through the 2014-15 season and the next stop could be Queens, as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to me weeks ago. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon told Newsday's Katie Strang yesterday that there have been discussions about building an arena near Citi Field. This all presupposes that Charles Wang doesn't accept a dimmed-down Lighthouse plan that will be floated, supposedly before the end of the calendar year, try to move the team to Suffolk County, or sell.
Any Queens project will take years, even if Mets COO Jeff Wilpon decides to invest in the arena and/or the team, which is leaking money at a pace similar to the BP oil well. There will be zoning and eminent domain issues there, but the Queens option is certainly one that makes some sense. (Isles lucrative TV deal with Cablevision runs to 2030, so don't expect seeing Mets-Isles doubleheaders on SNY till then)
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