How is that for a blast from the ghost of Ranger past? (Editor - you're mixing metaphors) (Dave Pucks - you're ugly - leave me alone)
What Happened: The Rangers announced Tuesday that their minor league AHL affiliate - the Hartford Whale - has signed former Ranger Aaron Voros to a 21 day PTO. (Editor - a PTO is a professional try out).
During the 3 weeks, Aaron will have a chance to show he's still got enough talent to play in the NHL. And if the Rangers don't sign him, other NHL teams will have that chance as well.
For those of you who don't remember – Aaron Voros was a Ranger forward for 2 seasons: 2008-09 and 2009-10. He appeared in 95 games, amassing 211 penalty minutes (more than 2 minutes a game). He also managed 11 goals and 12 assists in that span. After that Glen Sather traded Voros for Defenseman Steve Eminger (who scored a goal for us in the Islander game - by the way).
What Does It Mean: it could mean one or more of the following things:
1 - that Rupp is a long way from returning to the Rangers and another tough guy is needed.
2 - that Tortorella is still unhappy with his 4th line and wants some more choices - even if it's just to manipulate some better play out of Christensen and Deveaux.
3 - it's just doing a solid for a former Ranger - to showcase him for a job elsewhere.
What Does It Mean For Sean Avery: that's the bigger question to Sean-atics like me. Well let's see:
The Voros signing could be bad for Sean - he's brings that same toughness the Rangers get from Aves. And any competition for forward spots is not good.
But let me stop myself right there - I'm probably worrying about nothing here:
Voros is one of Sean Avery's best friends. He and Sean and Lundqvist own a restaurant-bar together Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs that opened last year. The restaurant is located at 135 West Broadway in the Tribeca district of southern Manhattan. So it may have been Avery who asked the Rangers to give Aaron a showcase at the Whale – to give him a chance to catch on with an NHL club - maybe even the Rangers.
Voros replace Avery? I can't see it happening. But we will be watching and hoping for the best for an old friend who once pulled on the Blue Jersey, fulfilling his childhood dream, and skated for our New York Rangers.
Good Luck Aaron. The Blueshirt Brothers will be rooting for you.