The Rangers 2015-16 campaign is just two pre-season games deep. The first wave of roster cuts has been made with virtually no surprises. Though I’m sure there is at least one heart broken for the demotion of Mackenzie Skapski.
For the players remaining in camp, there are few roster spots to be had. Though Oscar Lindberg has certainly made a case for himself to make the team out of training camp. There is one – okay two – intestinal blockages on his path to NHL playing time bliss; Tanner Glass and Jarret Stoll. The former, let’s not even discuss. I don’t have the energy, the fortitude, or the patience to clean out that latrine.
But for a moment, let’s talk about Jarret Stoll. Dave Maloney and Joe Micheletti are likely quite sore today after pumping the veteran’s tires to the point of explosion during last night’s broadcast against the Flyers. After numerous replays of Stoll winning pre-season face-offs against AHL talent, it’s clear he’s making the team. The propaganda campaign is in full swing. Just sit back and take your medicine Rangers fans, it’s easier that way.
So that leaves the Rangers with three forwards for one lineup spot in the bottom six. The good news is, that means there’s a 33.33% chance Glass finds himself in a shirt and tie on gameday. But it also means Alain Vigneault needs to make the logical personnel decision on game-to-game basis, something he isn’t very good at. As a jaded fan, we can look at the Lindberg situation as a positive development, it means there are two forwards who are going to make the opening night roster that could take ice-time away from Tanner Glass. But it also means, we’re going to need to hold one another via twitter as #15 continues to occupy his usual spot on the fourth line.