We’ve known for weeks now that the Rangers cannot sign a big-ticket free agent without moving salary, so again, don’t expect a major roster influx via that route.That said, have a feeling Dale Weise is going to get a long look at camp.
Weise, of course, is the hard-nosed right wing who scored 28 goals and added 22 assists in 73 games in his second season in Hartford and was summoned for the final few games of the regular season in case Ryan Callahan’s damaged knee kept him out.
Coach John Tortorella said he was anxious to see what Weise, a late bloomer who played in Swift Current after being selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, could bring to the mix. But Callahan recovered, and those observations will have to wait until training camp.
Weise, who will turn 22 in August, has the attributes that Tortorella craves: Youth, size (6-2, 208), a motor and a north-south game. He also has a reasonable salary: $620,000.
With the failures of Ales Kotalik and Enver Lisin to nail down a spot on right wing behind Marian Gaborik and Callahan last season, it’s one of the openings on the Blueshirts. Brandon Dubinsky is essentially the team’s sole power forward, so Weise could sneak in as a bottom six RW.
In the World Championships, the U.S. is in Group D with Finland, Germany and Denmark and face Germany on Friday, Denmark (with Frans Nielsen, Peter Regin) on Monday and Finland (with Lauri Korpikoski, Jarkko Immonen and Pekka Rinne) next Wednesday. Top three teams in each group advance to next round, composed of two groups. Figure Russia (Group A), Canada (B), Czech Republic and Sweden (C) to be the favorites.
One fix in the initial mock draft, which kicks off tomorrow at 7 AM. Montreal at No. 15, not Vancouver. Get ready, folks. Check the official board here for updates and when your turn comes up, send me the pick and a reason. Don't leave us hangin'. And on the Rangers pick at 10, wide open. Everybody should send me your selection ASAP after 9 and the consensus will be the choice posted on the official board.
Today’s kinda laidback Z-List….
So Much for the Blues, Sons of Bill
Pancho and Lefty, Bob Dylan/Willie Nelson
Until the Next Time, Peter Case
40 Dogs, Bob Schneider
Good Arms vs Bad Arms, Frightened Rabbit (Live at Daytrotter)