Consider me confused, which is perfectly understandable for someone who isn’t that bright to begin with.
But the Rangers improve to .500 with a win in Toronto, and they spend the next three days talking as if the sky is going to fall on them. Then comes an ugly loss at home to Florida and suddenly the mood is…..encouraged? Upbeat?
I suppose you don’t want to make a six hour plane ride seem any longer than it really is.
With that in mind, a couple of thoughts from the Rangers’ last practice before they board the team charter to Phoenix:
In the what-else-can-go-wrong department, Brendan Shanahan missed practice today with tendinitis in his left elbow. That’s OK. He hasn’t been that productive thus far. Actually, the wing just needed a cortisone shot, and he’ll be back on the ice tomorrow. But the guy is 37. It’s funny, Shanahan was wearing a big bandage on his left elbow, and he purposely crossed his arms so we could all see it. But then he said with a smile, “I’d rather not say where it is. I’ll just say it’s an upper body injury.”
So maybe Karel Rachunek won’t be headed to the thriving metropolis that is Hartford, or anywhere else for that matter. Tom Renney said last night that the team is going to stick by the struggling defenseman, which is hardly encouraging news for a fan base that has taken to sticking needles in tiny Karel Rachunek dolls (on sale at Target for $9.95….OK, not really). But then again, here’s the other scenario: If the Rangers are actively trying to move Rachunek and his hefty salary, maybe calling him utterly useless in print isn’t a great selling point. I hope for the Rangers sake that we’re all being toyed with….
No exact word on when Kevin Weekes will see his next start, although the coach today did say the goaltender could conceivably play a couple of times on the West Coast. Renney also conceded another scenario for down the road is Weekes being reassigned to Hartford just to get some work in. It wouldn’t require him to go through waivers because it would just be for conditioning.
It’s already become a tired topic around the team, but it still merits mentioning: Maybe a road trip is just what the Rangers need — if not only to get away from the bright lights of the Garden, but perhaps just to learn a little bit more about each other. Shanahan said they were all sitting around the locker room last night after a baffling loss, and that players were suddenly quoting “Animal House.” “These guys were just thrown out of their fraternity house, and what’s the solution?” Shanahan asked. “‘Road trip.'”
If only it was that simple…