Ask and you shall receive


I’m not sure if this is setting a bad precedent or not, but one of you requested that I ask Tom Renney about using Thomas Pock on the power play, and I did just now in our pre-game scrum with the coach outside the Rangers’ locker room.

I’d like to think I could always do that with a specific question for a coach or player, but the realities of deadline and my own story agenda might dictate otherwise. But sometimes, as is the case here, it’s not much of a problem at all.

As for the coach’s answer, as expected, he hedged a little bit — saying Pock is certainly a possibility for the power play but he might want to get him more even strength minutes first.

Anyway, here it is verbatim. I’ll leave out the part about him saying that I was clearly the best beat writer, and that a keen hockey mind like mine deserved to be directing an NHL franchise.

Mostly because, you know, he never said that…

“There’s a chance for that. He’s a very good one-time shooter. He can pass the puck hard. He knows where it has to go to an intended receiver. It’s a little bit matter of confidence, and rather than place that responsibility on him just yet — not to suggest we won’t — but again we want to see his 5-on-5 game in place and be very content with that before we look at other options. But he certainly would be one.”

So there you have it. By the way, you just now got a small window into what it’s like covering Tom Renne — an accomodating, genial man who I’m pretty sure has never given a simple answer in his life. For a writer most of the time, that’s gold. But when you’re on deadline sifting through one of Renney’s six minute answers to a single question, it’s something else. Oh well. It’s better than someone completely inarticulate.

In other news, for those of you planning to listen to tonight’s game either on the radio or online, I’m scheduled to be a guest after the second period with Dave Maloney on “ESPN Radio”: I don’t where that is on the dial since I’m pretty sure 1050 is broadcasting the Mets game. But I’m sure the more enterprising of you will certainly find it.

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  1. Sam–Thanks for the info on Pock. I think an even greater question is why the use of Straka at the point, since he rarely if ever shoots (and if he does, cant get it through), and the power play was subpar with him back there last year. Keep up the great work.

  2. Anthony (Abev) on

    Sam does that mean you had to go sit with them (Maloney) ? Or do they have you on a remote from your roost? I shouldnt have used the 2nd intermission to catch some shut-eye, as the radio portal is just in front of my seats.

  3. Sam,
    I’m reading this after having watched last night and it seems to me that Pock should be given Rosival’s PP minutes.
    I don’t know if it’s the time Rosival missed rehabbing, but his decision making is off- on both sides of the puck.
    Pock’s shot is heavier and he gets it off more quickly.
    I know he scored last night but if JJ is not 100%, then why is he running the 5-3 PP- everyone else was standing around -including Shanny- who maybe should be taking the shot now?.

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