Rangers might need a short-term replacement for injured Marc Staal, Cory Schneider’s time won’t come with the Canucks, and a three-way battle for goaltending jobs with the Islanders.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Marc Staal’s linger post-concussion symptoms could make the club’s search for a defenseman to become more serious, believing they have little choice now but to add a veteran, depth defenseman to their green blueline. Brooks suggested free agent Paul Mara as an option, though he noted Rangers head coach John Tortorella oversaw Mara’s departure from the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There aren’t many options available in terms of depth defensemen. Bryan McCabe isn’t likely to earn a return engagement. Chris Campoli is still available, though his salary demands would likely exceed the Rangers available cap space. Steve Staios and Anton Stralman are currently on tryouts with the Islanders and Devils respectively, though the Rangers could sign one of them if they fail to stick with those teams beyond training camp.
VANCOUVER SUN: Cam Cole reports goaltender Cory Schneider isn’t going to get his shot as a starting goalie with the Canucks. Cole suggested the Edmonton Oilers, who have serious questions in goal this season, could use him, and they have tradeable assets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canucks do eventually trade Schneider, odds are they’ll try to avoid sending him to a divisional rival.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the Islanders have a crowd in goal with Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya, and it’s possible they could start the season with the three.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At some point the Isles will move one of them, and it obviously won’t be DiPietro. While many feel it’ll be Nabokov, much will depend on performance and potential return.