One of the problems with this blog is that, in the interest of timeliness, I often post updates before I get a chance to completely go through my notes. I can’t say for sure, but word is Hemingway had the same problem with his blog back in the day.
Anyway, I figured I’d pass along a couple of telling quotes from Tom Renney today about the precarious state of players’ jobs. First, there’s this one about potential moves on the horizon:
“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at the point now where IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking very closely. They know whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s expected of them and certainly going into tomorrow everyone will have a very clear picture individually of whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s expected of them, and as a team.”
More evocative is this response when asked about whether it was time to cut ties with certain veterans. Bear in mind that neither name was uttered here, but the implication was Renney was talking about Darius Kasparaitis and Marek Malik. The coach was asked about what to do with those players who might want to play better but are physically unable to do so. Renney seemed to sigh at the thought, before responding:
“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fair. That’s the problem at the end of the day, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where your heart gets in the way of your head as a coach. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a business. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re here to win. We want the Stanley Cup and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll do what is required.Ã¢â‚¬?
There you have it. Maybe it means something extra. Maybe not. But we try to be full service here.