If the pace of today's chat is anything like the WJC gold-medal game last night, my fingers will have a week's worth of exercise. Speaking of which, Rangers have no game-day skate, so I can stop by the gym. There's a "Wanted" poster near the door with with my face since well before Christmas.
Rangers will play three games in the next four days, so assume that's the reason for no skating. They're scheduled to practice tomorrow in Atlanta and on Friday at Boston University, "at the rink built by Chris Drury", four years ago, as Matt Gilroy said, referring to the dollars the Rangers captain donated for the weight room and other assets. Gilroy never played at the old rink and Drury, obviously, never played at the new one.
Gilroy, family and friends are planning to be at Fenway for the BU-BC game Friday night. After practice yesterday, I asked Gilroy yesterday if he invited any of his current teammates and Brandon Dubinsky piped in that he hadn't. "Why would I ask him?, Gilroy joked. "I don't even like him."
Congrats to Rangers draftees Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque and the rest of Team USA for their tenacity in defeating favored Canada in the WJC in a compelling 6-5 OT thriller last night in Saskatchewan. Stepan, playing at Wisconsin, is the type of playmaking center the Rangers could use whenever he's ready. And Kreider, a BC freshman, scored six goals and displayed the bursts of speed that Rangers draft guru Gordie Clark talked to me about before the Rangers picked him in the first round last summer in Montreal. Also very impressed by Canada's Jordan Eberle, who will brighten Tom Renney's days in Edmonton.
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