Well the eighteen day odyssey is over and it's time to return to reality, but as my old co-worker friend Al Connor used to remind me, maybe the vacation was reality and the daily hum drum was, daily hum drum. The highlights will last a lifetime. Renewing the marriage vows in a church in Rome, San Silvestro, in front of an Irish priest. The Forum and Spanish Steppes of Rome. The majesty and history of Genoa. The beauty and friendliness of Sorrento. Scenic Sicily. Historical Ravenna. The marvels and wonders of the sinking city of Venice, the pigeons, and its neighbor Lido, which basically closes from November to March. Malta, Corsica, Monte Carlo, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. And of course, the wonderful food. The luxurious cruise ship, The Royal Princess, with its wonderful crew and passengers. My son, who arranged it all, and his friend and my daughter and her husband, who surprised us by showing up at the hotel in Rome. The memory will last a lifetime.
Hockey? The Rangers did the predictable. They got rid of Kasparaitis early. It was a foregone conclusion with his salary. But Kaspar is gone and Strudwick stays. Huh? Marc Staal looks like he will get an early chance. He may be paired with Paul Mara. Look for about 8-10 minutes a game and hopefully he can expand that, if not, then back to Hartford. Renney seems tentative on the Staal move. Dubinsky will be the third line center and that is fine. How long will that last? So two more youngsters will make the team, initially. The assests are many with the addition of Drury and Gomez, and the youth of Staal and Dubinsky and of course the rock, Henrik Lundqvist. The debits are plentiful. Soft defense, questionable penalty killing and Tom Renney.
Still recovering from the vacation, so more hockey later.
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