Monday, January 7, 2008

Roster moves for the Blueshirts

After an 0-1-2 Western Canada tour, the Rangers made some roster changes this morning. Ryan Callahan was officially sent down to Hartford on a conditioning stint. Hopefully he can regain his scoring touch that he exhibited last season and before the untimely knee injury. Being called up to take his place are Nigel Dawes and Greg Moore. They are also up to provide a little insurance as Brendan Shanahan and Martin Straka are both question marks for tomorrow's game at home against Tampa Bay. Straka suffered a neck stinger when he went hard into the boards, and Shanahan has a leg bruise from his leg on leg collision with Dustin Penner. Both diagnoses are good news, as knee injuries and concussions would have been much more serious.

Also revealed today was that Henrik Lundqvist's father underwent brain surgery a couple of weeks ago. The netminder's father has been in Lundqvist's head over the course of his up and down play, which would explain his recent struggles. Best of luck to Henrik's father, and here's to hoping a speedy recovery for his and Henrik's sake.

There is no new news yet on the Marek Malik situation. If it is in fact true that he walked out on his teammates in Edmonton, then he does not deserve to be with them anymore. I was never a supporter of the boo birds that he receives at MSG, but if he is inserted back in the lineup, the chorus will be much louder than usual. A change of scenery would be best for everyone involved.

Should Shanahan and/or Straka not be able to play tomorrow, there would be some interesting line combinations. Anyone want to venture a guess? The only line that would remain the same would be the fourth line, so the options are a plenty. I'll check in later if I hear anything new, or tomorrow before the game.

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