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from Bill Price of the NY Daily News,
Tom Renney and Chris Drury said all the right things after the Rangers did all the wrong things in Sunday’s dismal loss to the Flyers at the Garden.
“I take full responsibility for where this team is right now,” said the coach.
“I’m not doing what I was brought here to do,” said the captain.
As for the man who put this team together . . . nothing.
In case you’ve forgotten, he’s Glen Sather, the president and GM of your New York Rangers. Honestly, I can’t blame you for forgetting, because he’s nowhere to be found.
He never speaks to the New York media and he’s rarely seen at games.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So it turns out yesterday’s 5-2 Garden loss to the Flyers was not the most damaging of the day for the Rangers.
Because the Blueshirts also lost Paul Mara, who for the bulk of the season has been the team’s best and most inspirational defenseman, when his right shoulder popped out as he tried to throw a punch while fighting with Aaron Asham, 6:14 into the third period.
from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
When I asked about the chants of “Fire Renney” and “Fire Sather” and how much blame he needs to take for the unrest and slumping team, he said:
“I take full responsibility for where this team is right now. That’s incumbent with the position. My job is to correct this, get us winning, get us feeling better about ourselves. I look to be a solution. It’s as simple as that.”
Actually, it’s more complicated. I’m starting to get the feeling that some players—-not all—-have tuned Renney out, and as the old saying goes, you can’t get fire of all the players.
My growing suspicion is that if the Rangers don’t respond with wins Monday in St. Louis and at home against the Islanders on Wednesday, the successful coach of almost five years may not get a reprieve.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This was a throwback to the pre-lockout days when the Rangers were a miserable collection of underachievers and the Garden crowd amused itself by chanting for the dismissal of the GM and the coach.
That was this afternoon, when the reeling Rangers were humiliated 5-2 by the Flyers after falling behind 5-0 midway through the second and the crowd intermittently chanted “Fire [Glen] Sather” and “Fire [Tom] Renney.”
How low can they go? Who knows?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Today would be as good a time as any even if Avery, who played his first game for the Wolf Pack in last night’s 4-1 loss to Manitoba, might need another game or two to build his stamina, After claiming Avery on re-entry, the Rangers could assign him to Hartford for conditioning.
“I think [the NHL] is where I belong; that’s the type of player I am,” said Avery, who had last played 11 weeks ago today for the Stars in Edmonton. “But in saying that, I’m just happy to be playing here and I’ll worry about [the NHL] when the time comes.”...
Two NHL teams with the right to claim Avery on re-entry before the Rangers - Tampa Bay and Toronto - had scouts at the match, though neither is believed interested. Unless there’s a shocker, he’s the Rangers.
Also from Brooks,
Wade Redden is Glen Sather’s Folly. That has become painfully obvious fewer than 60 games into a six-year, $39 million contract that stands as the worst in the history of the NHL, if not in the history of hard-cap pro sports.
With skills declining so precipitously over the last three seasons that if he played baseball, one would deduce that he had built his previously admirable career resume on PED’s, the 31-year-old defenseman is the GM’s Greatest Mistake, far more substantial than Stephane Quintal or Theo Fleury or Bobby Holik, or any of those pre-lockout signings that all came with erasers.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Jose Theodore didn’t know the rule, and neither did Coach Bruce Boudreau. So here it is: No. 25.2, which states, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal).
So that’s why Ryan Callahan’s decisive in penalty shots on Wednesday was allowed to stand after it hit the crossbar, bounced off an unsuspecting Jose Theodore and back into the net.
Theodore said it’s a lesson learned.
“To be honest, I thought when it hit the crossbar, when it comes back out that it was a no play,” he said. “So I didn’t really ... I didn’t know where the puck was, but I knew it wasn’t going in. I didn’t really try to get out of the way because to me it was a no goal. Obviously, I was wrong. It’s a lesson I learned.”
continued and watch the SO goal below…
From Arthur Staple at Newsday:
“It was just a real important time in my life,” [Sean Avery] said today. “Just one of those things where I took some time to sit back and help myself become a better person. It was amazing. It was something that was important for me as a person, as a man. Actions speak louder than words.”
It’s Avery’s actions that will be scrutinized when he does get into a game with Hartford. That likely won’t happen until Saturday, or possibly a week from today—he said he did not do much skating in his two months away—and then, he’ll have to show he can be the abrasive, sometimes abusive, edge player who got himself that multi-million dollar deal.
“I’ve been playing hockey for a long time, and my on-ice game has never been an issue,” he said. “It’s other things I was working on. But I’m sure there’s still going to be an element of Sean Avery hockey that’s exciting to watch.”
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Now, I’m not ready to confuse Renney with Scotty Bowman, but I think Renney has actually overachieved with this roster. That’s right—I think Renney’s 29-20-5 record is pretty good when you consider his team.
Renney doesn’t have a No.1 center or a No. 1 defenseman. He doesn’t have a reliable scorer on the wing. And his most dependable defender is just a sophomore. No, the 2008-09 Rangers aren’t exactly an All-Star group.
Of course, Renney isn’t without fault. I haven’t always agreed with his lineup decisions or in-game moves, and he’s got to find a way to make that power-play unit at least a little better.
Still, Renney shouldn’t be the fall guy.
The real problem is Renney’s boss, Rangers president and GM Glen Sather. If anyone is going to get canned, it should be Sather.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Normally, when the Washington Capitals visit New York, the spotlight automatically trains on Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau and their merry band of High-Fivers.
Not on Wednesday night, it won’t.
Oh, yeah, Ovie & Co. will bear the usual watching, but the truly fervent focus of Blueshirts fans will be on the folks who simply have not produced satisfactory results. Namely, The Captain (Chris Drury), Scott Gomez, Wade Redden and Tom Renney, just to name a few whose contributions are being cantankerously questioned by the media and fans alike.
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
At this point, it doesn’t appear the Devils intend to send Martin Brodeur down to Lowell for a rehab game before he comes back to play in the NHL, but wouldn’t it be interesting if they did for Lowell’s Feb. 20 home game against the Hartford Wolfpack?
The Dallas Stars assigned Avery to Hartford (with the Rangers’ permission) today. It’s unclear how long Avery will stay there before the Stars put him back through re-entry waivers. It would be kind of funny if Avery and Brodeur were to face each other in the AHL, though. I would imagine that the Devils—if they ever decided to have Brodeur play in an AHL tune-up game—would be sure to avoid having him face Avery.
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