There’s a note on the board in the Rangers locker room reminding players that those no-good Knicks took the team plane on their own road trip and that the Rangers are stuck taking a charter.
I have the same problem with my wife. Of course, ours revolves around a Subaru.
Meanwhile, how’s that for an incentive for both Cablevision properties? Win and you get the team plane. Lose and you have to ride coach cross-country alongside yahoos like me. I don’t understand why no one ever uses these ideas of mine.
In other news, I spent some time today talking to the Rangers’ forgotten man, Thomas Pock, the defenseman who hasn’t seen the ice in nine games; and who, if you read between the lines of what Tom Renney says, might not be playing anytime soon, either.
I expected a tirade from Pock, a drawn-out diatribe on how he’s getting the shaft so far this season, and how the Rangers, to quote Slapshot, should “trade me right (expletive) now!”
OK, I never expected any of that. And true to form, Pock was mostly philosophical about his lack of ice time thus far.
I won’t give you all the details since I plan on writing about it for tomorrow’s paper, but the basic message from Pock was this: yes, it’s frustrating to not play for such an extended period of time, and no, he didn’t feel like he played all that poorly in the five games he did play (one goal and one assist, minus-2). But he also said he doesn’t think Rangers would be keeping him around if they didn’t need him, and his plan for now is to just stay ready (damn these hockey players with their good manners!).
As for Renney, the coach talked again about how Pock is still at a formative stage in his NHL career.
“Just processing the game at this level and this speed, the way it’s played,” Renney said. “He needs exposure to it in order to assimilate those things. The bottom line is as he gets his opportunities to play—and he will—he’ll have a better chance to develop the requirements of a solid NHL defenseman. Having said that, and it goes back to your original question, we’ve got to give him the chance. He’s on guard. That’s where it stands right now.”
Those of you who haven’t figured it out already should know I think Renney is a good coach and a good man. But when it comes to his handling of Pock and Nigel Dawes, another young player whose ice time has been severely limited, I’m not sure I get it.
“Yes,” a reporter answered.
And with that, the coach just laughed.