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Trade clock ticking....

                D Corey Potter, who did not play in last night's Hartford game, has been recalled, presumably as insurance if Michael Del Zotto can't go in Ottawa Tuesday.

               Or is he the sixth D if someone gets moved before then?

                Had some problems with this site yesterday, so wound up on most of the day. Thanks for following.  Beware of unconfirmed rumors, like Tomas Kaberle coming to NY for Callahan.

                Plenty of real news upcoming before 3 p.m. trade deadline Wednesday, and later, as Rangers play 20 games in 41 days...

                Will update later from practice at 11.

               Oh, and here's last night's file for the paper:


         GREENBURGH, N.Y. ---After Team Sweden’s 4-3 elimination by Slovakia in Vancouver, a disappointed Henrik Lundqvist was jetting back to New York for a break before resuming the Rangers’ playoff chase. But as has been the case this season, nothing has gone as planned.
          Minutes before landing here on Friday night, his flight was diverted to Toronto. He finally arrived on Saturday and practiced with his NHL teammates yesterday.                                                 
            “That’s the good thing, if you can find a good thing,” said Lundqvist, who is expected to face the Senators in Ottawa Tuesday in the first game following the Olympic break.  “I had a couple extra days off. You’d rather play in the final obviously, but you’ve got to see something positive in it…Right now, I just want to move on and get ready for a push.”
            Lundqvist, who is 25-22-6 with a 2.41 GAA, will play the majority of the 20 games remaining in the regular season for the Rangers, just one point out of the last playoff spot in the East. He was joined on the ice yesterday by veteran backup Alex Auld, claimed off waivers Saturday from Dallas, who will give Lundqvist a breather when necessary.
            Although Lundqvist said the feeling of being "lost" lingers longer after losing in the Stanley Cup playoffs because the Olympic tournament is so short, Lundqvist lamented the sudden conclusion. In his second Winter Games, Lundqvist registered shutouts in his first two matches, but Sweden’s defense of the 2006 gold medal ended with the loss to Slovakia.
                       “We started off pretty well, then again, it came down to one game, the things that could go wrong for us went wrong,” said Lundqvist, who allowed three goals on four shots in the second period against Slovakia. “When you lose a game like that, you spend a couple days analyzing what you could have done better. Today (Sunday), it felt good to start getting focused again.”  
                Wearing a pad sewn onto the left side of a long-sleeved shirt under his jersey to protect a deep skate gash, defenseman Michael Del Zotto skated for the first time in 16 days and did not rule himself out of the game in Ottawa. Twenty minutes before practice, fifty stitches were removed from the 19-year-old’s chest, and Del Zotto practiced for more than an hour, but avoided contract drills. “We’ll see how it feels Monday,” said Del Zotto, who sustained the cut when falling on the skate of Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. “Obviously, I’d like to play, but it’s the doctor’s call.”... Auld, who grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario and knows the Staal family, said, “I understand the other guy will be in the net most nights. It’s not really a big concern to me whether (I play) one game or 10.”










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