Let the record show that I spotted my first Christmas decorations of the year at 9:15 this morning. I don’t know who it was, but I’m pretty sure that’s two minutes for “ridiculously early holiday celebration.” In fact, under the new rules, that might even be a major.
Anyway, yours truly nodded off early last night (two minutes for utter lameness), so I was unable to get to some of your comments.
A few quick responses:
Vinny, I have no idea why some comments say they’re awaiting moderation. I don’t know what that means, but it’s not coming from me. Maybe you’ve just ticked off the wrong person.
Doodie Machetto, I didn’t know it was possible to injure one self replying to a blog, but way to play through the pain. You’re a gamer, no question about it. But take it easy. It’s a long season.
John M, you’re right. Why did it take the Rangers until November to figure out that Dawes wasn’t going to get enough ice time? One theory said the team thought it was important to have a rookie on the opening night roster, if only to give the rest of the organization hope. The other is that the Rangers thought Dawes could be effective on the third line, but after giving up 13 goals in two games to Pittsburgh and Buffalo, the team soon realized they needed that line to be more defensive-minded than it was. Again, it goes back to what everyone’s been saying here: the Rangers have been awfully focused on getting two points right now and not as worried about the long view of the season. Betts and Hall’s shortcomings aside — and I’m not as down on them as some of you — those players are safer players in their own zone than Dawes is at the moment. Short-sighted? Probably.
Jen, I don’t think the Rangers have plans for Pock to play forward for any extended period of time. Mostly, it’s a precaution in case someone gets hurt while the team’s on the road and no one can be called up in time from Hartford. But you’re right: Pock needs to focus on defense, and any dalliances with playing up are likely to lead him astray.
Good comment from reader Chris: “No offense, but anyone who expects the upper echelon of management to be giving the fans, or even the beat writers (especially junior ones), the straight scoop is a fool. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Renney gonna do? Explain why he thinks one of the players on his team is a disaster or that he has an attitude problem or that another team should never trade for him because heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got a consistently recurring injury?”
For the record, Chris, I prefer “young, promising beat reporter” as opposed to “junior,” if only because it sounds more distinguished. But you’re right, to an extent. Tom’s job is not to outline every thought in his head to us, especially if doing so might compromise the team’s interests. But there’s a big difference between being vague and being deceitful. Tom isn’t lying, or being two-faced, as some of you have accused him of. I think he might be stubborn with certain players and certain decisions, but he’s also as honest as he can be with us under the circumstances. Big difference.
OK, I’m off to the morning skate. More later…