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Renney Fired

NHL Live announces Renney firing!

added 12:08pm, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

In the midst of a late-season tailspin and with the strong possibility of his team missing the playoffs, Rangers head coach Tom Renney was dismissed today after more five years behind the bench.

No replacement was immediately named.

Ending weeks of media speculation, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather cut the cord today. A team spokesman said assistant coach Perry pearn also was fired. Mike Pelino and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire remain.


Update 12:13pm - On Fan590, Nick Kypreos is suggesting that John Tortorella is being targeted by the Rangers as a replacement.

added 1:08pm, from Mark Hermann of In the Crease at Newsday,

Renney addressed the team in what was an emotional session, players said. Lundqvist agreed with the notion that it is odd inasmuch as, earlier in the season, Renney was considered maybe the top coach in the league. “He didn’t change,” the goalie said, adding that it is a results business and when the results aren’t there, changes have to come.

Wade Redden felt it personally, acknowledging that Renney always was loyal to him despite his struggles, and implied that he owes it to his now-former coach to step it up and justify that faith.


added 1:18pm, Steve Zipay of Blue Notes says Sather trying to get a deal done with Tortorella.

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Rangers With Another Loss

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sather was asked whether coach Tom Renney’s job is safe, whether the head coach who has taken the Blueshirts to the playoffs in each of his three full seasons behind the bench, would be on the ice for the club’s next practice session.

“I’m not going to get into that. You know that,” the general manager told The Post. “I’m not going to talk about that at all.”

Sather similarly deflected a question about his intentions regarding Sean Avery, who remains in Hartford on loan from Dallas.

“Sean is another team’s property,” Sather said before bobbing and weaving when asked when and if he would ask the Stars to place the winger on re-entry waivers so the Rangers could claim him.

“It’s more complicated than that,” Sather said. “There are cap issues. There might be other things going on that no one knows about….”

more and watch below for post-game reaction from Renney, Lundqvist and Drury.

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Ryan Miller Hurt, Ruff Not Happy

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Miller is out of the lineup indefinitely after suffering a left ankle sprain during the Sabres’ 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

“It’s stiff and it’s tender,” Miller said after limping to his locker stall in HSBC Arena. “These are things you have to kind of feel out. There’s no timetable, really. It’s your comfort level….

The injury happened 1:54 into the third period. Miller went behind the net to retrieve a New York dump-in, and Scott Gomez chased the puck. As Miller played it around the boards, Gomez crashed into the netminder’s right leg, simultaneously twisting the opposite ankle….

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff didn’t hide his anger for Gomez.

“I don’t think there’s any secret it was deliberate,” Ruff said. “He knew what he was doing.”

more and watch the video of the play below…

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Rangers Can’t Afford To Do Much At The Trade Deadline

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

With the NHL trade deadline two weeks away, Western Conference teams are scoping out the Rangers—and vice versa.

But pressed up against the salary cap, the Rangers can probably only tweak their roster, possibly adding the Stars’ Sean Avery if the former Broadway pest is not grabbed on recall waivers on a team below them in the standings. They also could sign a low-rent defenseman, especially with Paul Mara’s injured shoulder expected to keep him out or performing well under 100 percent until past the deadline….

Among the defensemen who might fit and reportedly are available: Kyle McLaren (San Jose), David Hale and Derek Morris (Phoenix), Sean O’ Donnell (Los Angeles), Adrian Aucoin (Calgary), Daryl Sydor (Dallas), Ville Koistinen and Greg Zanon (Nashville) and Jordan Leopold (Colorado). In the East, there’s Niklas Havelid (Atlanta) and Ryan Whitney and Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh).

read on for more on the Rangers…

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Rangers Need A Scorer

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

The Rangers can’t afford to open it up more with defensemen who have minimal offensive ability. They cannot pretend that Markus Naslund is any longer the player he was in Vancouver, nor can they expect that veteran B or B-plus players will morph into team-carrying players this late in their careers.

Sather, responsible for this big miscalculation, can keep Zherdev, an upcoming restricted free agent, or save that cap room for somebody more often going to show up.

But unless the Rangers swallow Redden’s cap-choking contract for five long years, there will be little maneuverability to sign the level of scorer the team badly needs.

And making a coaching change isn’t going to bring him.

more about the Rangers…

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Sather Silent

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.


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Mara Injury A Blow To The Rangers Defense

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.


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Is Renney Next?

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.


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What Do The Rangers Do Now?

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?


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Get Avery To New York Now

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.


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