Seven months and one hundred New York Rangers articles later, here I sit, typing this article announcing that the Rangers have called up defenseman Corey Potter to replace the injured Wade Redden, who left the game in the second period of the Rangers latest debacle in Montreal Thursday night.
Potter, who would have made the team out of training camp had the Rangers not had six defensemen (who seemed at the time to be capable of actually playing defense), will finally get his chance tomorrow afternoon when the Rangers take on Mike Keenan's Calgary Flames.
There is no word on how serious the injury to Redden is, or what it is as right now it is only being labeled as a lower body injury. I have grown to despise Redden so far this season but for the sake of him not turning into a bigger bust then he already has been, I hope the injury isn't serious and that he returns to the ice quickly.
I do hope that Potter stays with the big club, though, just for the extra insurance of carrying a seventh defenseman, something the Rangers will do for the first time all season tomorrow. When Redden does return to the lineup, having Potter will make the other defensemen play better, since now there will be someone to replace them when, not if, they screw up.
So far this season, in 23 games, Potter has two goals and nine assists from the blue line with the Rangers' AHL affiliate Hartford Wolfpack.