News and notes from pregame Rangers:
-- Goalie David Shantz of YOUR Florida Everblades has been named to the ECHL All-Star Game. Pretty good for David. This is his first professional season. Like the Miami Hurricanes, he has to go to Boise for the game. Shantz is 9-2 this year for the 'Blades.
Wonder if the ice in Boise is blue?
-- Defenseman Ari Vallin, an offseason signee, is off to Sweden to finish the season. Vallin, one of the final cuts in camp (he had a 2-way contract and found out why he should have fought for a 1-way), had 7 assists in 24 games for Rochester.
Vallin is going to play for Frolunda HC in Sweden.
Wasn't Frolunda the name of Kip's girlfriend from Detroit in the flick Napoleon Dynamite? Oh, that was LaFawnduh. My bad.