I was watcing bits and pieces of the Rangers game last night online (don’t narc me out!) and there was one name I kept hearing constantly.
Apparently, the 37-year-old scored a goal and generally looked impressive (albeit against Senators bench that, sans Spezza, Heatley, Gerber and Fischer, was not exactly rife with talent) in a 2-1 Rangers win to open the preseason last night. PETR NEDVED!
“Surely when I left I wasn’t expecting to be coming back,” said Nedved, the game’s first star. “It is so nice to be back in the National Hockey League. It’s just an exhibition game, but I was nervous before the game to the point that I didn’t know what to expect.”
He also picked up the game’s first star, and the announcers on homeriffic MSG could not stop raving about him.
Still, though, he’d need turn far more heads than this to make the team. If the Rangers think they can get similar production from a 22-year-old for a similar price, Nedved is on the first plane full of chickens and pigs back to Liberec.
Doesn’t sound like anyone’s ready to annoint him the King of Comebacks just yet.
“That’s his first game so I’m not going to draw any conclusions,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said. “Like a lot of others, he’s involved in a process and we’re smack dab in the middle of it. We’ll give him credit for a good game and get ready for the next one.
“In the grand scheme of things, it’s something that has to be consistent - at least the chances - and playing a good two-way game and being an influential player for all the right reasons.”
If the announcers on MSG last night were to have been believed, Nedved is still a “great skater” with a “great shot,” so making the team isn’t going to be a big deal.
But seriously, Petr Nedved?