The email that arrived from the New York Rangers late Friday night was stunningly eerie.
It simply started:
“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. “He was a very thoughtful person who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”
How is that possible, I thought? Just a few hours earlier, I had typed the name Roman Lyashenko, a crafty center who joined the Rangers with Martin Rucinsky in a 2002 trade deadline deal with Dallas that sent Manny Malhotra and Hartford Wolf Pack wing Barrett Heisten to the Stars.