With the Rangers power play mired in a 0-for their last 14 slump, Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Alain Vigneault changed things up during this morning's pre-game practice as he re-inserted Ryan Callahan back on the power play.
Callahan, who was positioned in front of the net, played on a unit with Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash.
Leonard also notes that Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett said he will speak with the Rangers again today about his client.
…very interesting. Or not. Vigneault really has no say in Callahan's contract negotiations, so he's making decisions based on what's best for the team tonight, not what gives the Rangers the most leverage in contract negotiations.
…having said that, as I posted this morning, if a trade of Callahan was imminent, he'd likely be a healthy scratch tonight, not being given additional responsibilities.
Cam Talbot was the first goaltender off the ice this morning, meaning he will likely get the start against Edmonton tonight.
…can you say trap game? With the Rangers flying high and a matchup against the division leading Penguins tomorrow night, it would be real easy for the Blueshirts to overlook the lowly Oilers tonight. Which would be a huge mistake, because, despite their last place standing in the Western Conference, they have a ton of young talented players who can skate and score.
…i will be real impressed if the Rangers come away with an easy victory tonight.
Here's video of Vigneault's pre-game presser…