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from Bellowing Moose at MSNBC,
Not since Suzanne Somers’ one-woman show has Broadway seen an act as disappointing as the one Jaromir Jagr is putting on with the Rangers this season. And although Jagr’s run has been longer than hers, his too might also be coming to an abrupt end….
Jagr has been in a funk all season, enduring long scoring droughts and doing little to lead a Rangers team that began the year as a preseason favorite and now looks hard-pressed to make the postseason.
from the NY Post,
Last year the Blueshirts made a trade to shake things up, acquiring Sean Avery Sean Avery on Feb. 5 from the Kings, a move that sparked them to a 17-6-6 record down the stretch. Despite the positive impact a move at this point in the season had a year ago, coach Tom Renney would prefer to see no one moved off his roster this year.
“You don’t want to break up the guys you’ve committed to all year,” Renney said. “You’re asking for blood and guts from guys, and deep commitment and all that kind of stuff, and you’re offering that up yourself every day as best you can. . . . You want to do it with the group you brought to the dance, so if we didn’t move a single person, I won’t have a problem with that whatsoever.
“I believe this team can win.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The marquee names up front were ineffective again. The defense gave away the puck under minimal pressure. The goaltender yielded yet another killer soft goal. The power play was miserable. What else is new?
Well how about this: Brendan Shanahan Brendan Shanahan was benched in the third period, with head coach Tom Renney saying he needed to protect the 20-year-veteran and his team in the final minutes of a dispiriting 3-1 loss at the Garden to the Bruins.
“This wasn’t so much a commentary on his play, but he’d played a lot, and there were diminishing returns,” said Renney, who gave Shanahan 1:43 of ice time in the third for a total of 11:46, and who seemed shaken by the defeat.
added 8:45am, from Stan Fischler at Game On,
If you’re not going to get your nose dirty,” says Renney, “and get chances from a second and third effort, then the shot total looks sexy, but it doesn’t mean a thing.”
For the second post-game chat in a row, there was talk about players “looking at themselves in the mirror.”
Sean Avery stressed it after the shootout loss in Boston.
On Sunday, Renney’s post mortem underlined the idea that all oars are failing to pull hard simultaneously and throughout the game.
“We’ve got different people working hard all of the time,” Tom concludes. “What we need is everybody working hard all of the time.”
Brendan Shanahan after losing to the Bruins today, via Rangers Report,
“Right now the biggest enemy is ourselves,” Shanahan said. “We repeat the same mistakes and it’s no one else’s fault. You don’t have to be Scotty Bowman to figure out what’s wrong with our team. We beat ourselves. So we have to fix it ourselves, and we can. It’s tough to be positive after a game like this. But it’s not like we’re playing our best hockey and we just can’t win. We’re playing as bad hockey since I’ve been here.”
via the NY Post,
“I saw urgency and intensity in our game the last 25 games of last season, but I don’t see it now,” Sean Avery Sean Avery said after the Rangers’ 4-3 shootout-decided loss to the Bruins. “I wish I could say it was different, but it’s not. I love every guy in this room, I’d go through a wall for all of them, but as far as individuals go, we’re not pulling our weight. A lot of guys need to be better, including myself and our line. I’ve been saying it for a while, but we need to look in the mirror and hold ourselves accountable.
“Throw all that into the pot and we don’t have a winning team right now.”
added 8:44am, from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Standings aside, the real difference between Ken Holland and John Ferguson Jr. as NHL general managers: Next season, Henrik Zetterberg will be paid $2.7 million US and Tomas Holmstrom $2.25 million by the Red Wings. Next season, Mark Bell will be paid $2.5 million by the Maple Leafs.
With the new chat rooms opening up this week, I felt it would be cool if we had sort of a weekly “Hockey Gathering”. Where there’s pretty much 1 important game going on at the time, the numerous and widespread KK readership could just talk intelligently (hopefully) about the game and the sport in general. So I thought long and hard on a cool title, and came up with “The KK LiveChat Game of the Week”. Please, feel free to suggest a better one.
Anyway, we’re going to start with tomorrow’s Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, and will continue with the All-Star Game next week.
It doesn’t look as if there’ll be any pre-game tomorrow, so make sure to be in the KK Hockey Chat Room Sunday at 12:15 ET for some lively hockey discussion!
Today, Scott Gomez of the NY Rangers participated in an NHL conference call. He currently leads the Rangers in scoring with 42 points, and will be attending the All Star Game in Atlanta next weekend.
Here is a complete transcript from the Q & A session.
Q. Was there an adjustment for you playing and living in Manhattan, and if so, what was the adjustment and are you past that?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Well, I think, first, I wasn’t in my place. So it was a little—I’m not using it as an excuse, but it was a little different, just kind of being kind of in the hotel or whatever you want to call it.
from the Buffalo News,
As Lundqvist made the save, however, Rangers veteran Brendan Shanahan cross-checked Clarke MacArthur into the goalpost. That dislodged the net and caused a faceoff. It also raised the ire of Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
“There should probably be a suspension on that last play,” Ruff said after the 2-1 loss in Madison Square Garden. “The league definitely has to look at it. That was a definite intent to try to hurt somebody. He could have a broken neck, he could have a broken shoulder, he could have a broken back, he could have a number of things….”
“It was harder than I would have wanted,” said Shanahan. “It certainly warranted a penalty. I’m glad the kid didn’t get hurt….”
Watch the video…
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
If it is fair to suggest that the additions to the lineup have not produced success and that entirely missing the playoffs now is a distinct possibility, would it not follow that the route to rediscovering success might well be to subtract from the equation?
If this is true, the economics of the new NHL suggest Jagr, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, is the most logical piece to move. It goes without saying that there would be a market for a player of Jagr’s immense talent, even in the face of this surprisingly disappointing season.
A team like the Colorado Avalanche, for instance, desperate to make the playoffs and wracked by injuries to top players Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth, might be interested. The Avs have been rumored to be looking to move puck-moving defenseman John-Michael Liles, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
So, despite another sizzling Gomez night and some good efforts by Jagr and Marty Straka, the dots failed to connect overall. Ergo: another loss.
Why should Wednesday night be different? A similar effort against Buffalo very well could produce a win.
Then, it’s home-and-home with the beatable Bruins.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Baby steps come first.
A win over the Sabres and then, maybe, it’ll be time for “Oh, Baby!”
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