Because no matter how hard I try, I can’t take a day off so here are some loose odds and ends (which have absolutely nothing to do with one another other) of things going on in within the Rangers organization.
Earlier today, Henrik Lundqvist announced that he was finally headed back to New York:
Is it because the lockout is ending or because he misses the city is anyone’s guess. He has said all along his plan was to return to New York when he thought there was a reason to so consider this girl cautiously optimistic. (Emphasis on the first part of that.)
I’ve mentioned in my CT Whale recaps that J.T. Miller is currently with Team USA at the World Juniors Tournament but haven’t mentioned much about how he is doing. That’s because he hasn’t been doing well.
Miller started out on the first line and totaled one goal and no assists in three games while going an average of 58% on faceoffs (19 out of 37). During Team USA’s most recent game, he was moved to the second line and got two assists while winning 78% of his faceoffs (14 out of 18). Not sure if you can say he hasn’t been used properly or he just wasn’t finding chemistry with his linemates. There are also some rumors that he had the flu for the first week or so he was in Russia so that may have played a huge part in his play.
Team USA is headed to the playoff round where they will play the Czech Republic in the quarter finals tomorrow morning at 4 a.m. EST. You can follow all the action on our international site at (Across The) Pond Hockey.
Another Rangers prospect playing in the World Juniors is Peter Ceresnak whose Slovak team was relegated after losing to the U.S. in the last game of the preliminary round. Ceresnak was named best player of that game for the Slovaks however. He also scored the game winning goal in overtime against the Germans during the Slovaks only win:
Nice shot kid. And on the power play? Hopefully you keep working on that and make your way to New York in a few years. (Ceresnak is currently playing in the OHL for the Peterborough Petes.)
And finally some bad but not surprising news. Larry Brooks of the New York Post stated that if there is a season, that Michael Sauer will remain on IR with post-concussion symptoms.
Honestly to me, this isn’t news as I don’t expect to ever see him play a game again. That said, as I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve heard he is doing better and able to live a normal day-to-day life. As much as I want to see him on the ice, if he is indeed doing better than never seeing him on the ice again is fine by me. If not, I will continue to wish bad things for Dion Phaneuf’s career.