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Time For Some Action From Renney

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s fine for Tom Renney to call out “very key members of our hockey club who need to better,” as he did without naming names following Saturday’s 4-2 loss at the Garden to the Devils New Jersey Devils , but the head coach’s words won’t mean a thing unless he’s willing to back them up.

Which means benching and/or scratching those athletes who consistently fail to play to their capabilities, regardless of the names on the back of their uniforms, the letters on the front, or the numbers on their paychecks.

And that means Chris Drury Chris Drury , the captain who has had a distinctly disappointing Year II on Broadway. That means Scott Gomez Scott Gomez , the alternate captain who is playing the worst hockey of his life. That means Wade Redden, who for most of the season has appeared so unaccountably detached from the action around him.

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Renney Needs Better Performance From Key Players

from Michael Obernauer of the NY Daily News,

“I can tell you right now, I’m not happy with the way the team played, I’m not happy with the performance of some very key people on our hockey club who need to be better,” said Tom Renney. “They need to step up and start taking charge of this hockey club and playing the way they can.”

That was foremost a reference to Chris Drury, who played an awful game - he was on the ice for all four Devils goals and was culpable on three of them - and to Scott Gomez, who was barely noticeable except when he was losing 13 of 15 faceoffs.

“We can do a lot better than this, and we can be a lot smarter as a team, too,” said Markus Naslund, Gomez’s linemate on a trio that accomplished nothing Saturday night. “These last two games here are not acceptable.”

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Rangers Need Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s clear that there’s one team and one team only for which Avery can play; one city and one city only big enough for him to live; one coach and one coach only - the one behind the Rangers bench - for whom Avery can play.

The mechanics of making it happen are hazy. But those are mere details. The Rangers need an infusion of energy. The Rangers need someone who actually will be tough to play against. The Rangers need Avery almost as badly as he needs them, and if anybody doesn’t like it, he should be playing better.

Because this is pretty much it was before Avery became a Ranger . . . the first time.

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Could The Rangers Use Shanahan?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Still, with the Rangers New York Rangers having needs that now include the ability to play with poise under pressure, what would Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist think if Brendan Shanahan Brendan Shanahan somehow suddenly walked through the door into the locker room?

“I don’t want this to be taken as a sign of disrespect to anyone, because I believe in the group we have here now, but I like Brendan a lot, he helped me and our team a lot, and I would definitely welcome him back,” Lundqvist told The Post following yesterday’s up-tempo practice. “But it’s hard to say what the impact would be, because we’re a different team than the one he left.

“I look at that the same way I did when there was the chance that Mats [Sundin] would come here. Mats and Brendan are two players who know what it takes, and I think any team with the cap space would love to have either, but you don’t know how adding players like that in the middle of the season would affect team chemistry.

“I’m not saying we need it, but sometimes change is good. But it doesn’t do any good to talk about players who aren’t on our team,” said The King, who will face the Devils tonight at the Garden.

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Play Prucha

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is unfathomable that Petr Prucha Petr Prucha cannot get a chance to play for this team.

If Tom Renney doesn’t believe that Prucha is a more viable option on either wing for Brandon Dubinsky Brandon Dubinsky than Aaron Voros or Fred Sjostrom, then Glen Sather must either give Prucha away in a trade (if he can) or put him on waivers once the holiday roster freeze lifts at midnight tomorrow.

The Rangers simply cannot afford to plant a $1.6 million player in the press box every night. Deleting Prucha from the roster - if he clears waivers and both parties are amenable, Prucha could play in the Czech league rather than in Hartford, and perhaps for Martin Straka’s club in Pilzen - will open approximately $886,000 of cap space. The team needs it.

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Comparing The Rangers To The Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders are the other team in the Atlantic, and they only thing they seem to be chasing - other than opposing players with the puck - is the first overall pick in the June draft.

And yet, our two local teams have more problems in common than you might think.

Huh? What’s that? How can a team that’s 10 games over .500 have anything in common with a team 11 games under and in the midst of a 10- game losing streak?

Plenty.

The Islanders’ problems are more obvious, thanks to their lesser talent all the way round the rink. Scott Gordon has been beset by injuries (unlike Tom Renney and the Rangers), so he’s juggled lines and defense pairings and tried to get a variety of players to adhere to his coaching system and style.

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Don’t Be Fooled By The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

You know what the Rangers are? They’re the team that has allowed six more goals than they’ve scored this season.

You know what the Rangers really are? They’re the team that lost a 5-4 overtime game at the Garden last night to the decimated Capitals despite holding a 4-0 lead by the five-minute mark of the second period.

This was and is the one. This was and is the one that doesn’t allow the Rangers - management, coaching staff and players alike - to ignore glaring deficiencies in size, toughness, presence and discipline.

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“We Got To Go Out And Play”

The words of Rangers coach Tom Renney after blowing a 4-0 lead and eventually losing 5-4 to the Capitals in OT.

Watch his post game press conference below.

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Gomez Has To Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers need Gomez to be much better. There have been far too many haphazard passes to nowhere, far too many turnovers.

Gomez is holding on to the puck way too long. His instincts appear to have become hazy.

Not everybody is going to play the same way as Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta, Gomez’s linemates in New Jersey with whom he had brilliant chemistry, but it is on the centerman to make it work with Naslund and Zherdev.

Gomez turns 29 today. He’s the team’s seventh-eldest.

It’s a long way from his tenure as a Devil during which he had people like Claude Lemieux, Scott Stevens, Randy McKay and Ken Daneyko to learn from and lean on.

Now, ready or not, Gomez is at the head of the class.

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Rangers Without A Beat Writer In San Jose

from Sam Weinman of Rangers Report,

It is not unusual for your loyal correspondent to skip a road game (which I suppose makes me not-so-loyal, after all), but tonight’s game in San Jose marks a rare occasion: a regular season Rangers game in which not a single New York paper will be represented.

Both the Daily News and the Record have traveled regularly with the Rangers this season but skipped the week-long West Coast trip. And while the New York Post and Newsday were present for the back-to-back games in Anaheim and L.A., both papers decided to have their reporters return home rather than wait around an extra three days for tonight’s game against the league-leading Sharks….

According to people in the Rangers organization who have been with the team for years, it’s the first time they can remember that at least one beat writer hasn’t been at a game.

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