Casual Tuesday


We’re not even two months into the schedule and I’ve already committed my first major fashion faux pas of the season, showing up at the Garden tonight in a pair of wrinkled jeans. For someone whose idea of dressing up is a new pair of sneakers, I suppose it was only a matter of time. I just figured I’d make it past the new year.

In a related story, I’m told that Miss World, Tatana Kucharova will be in attendance tonight. Out of fairness to my wife, I figured I didn’t want to look TOO good (to which one can respond: that’s not much of a challenge).

Still, I’m better off than others. Start with my counterpart John Dellapina of the Daily News, who is nursing an injury to his left pinkie, and who was being openly mocked by the likes of Tom Renney and Jaromir Jagr while being tended to by Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay outside the team locker room. Of course, Dellapina has reason to be concerned. Right now he says it’s difficult to type the word “Rangers,” which is sort of important given his job. In particular, he’s struggling with the letter “a,” so I wouldn’t expect any Al Arbour profiles in the Daily News in the days to come.

As for legitimate hockey news…

  • An interesting revelation from Tom Renney about his use of enforcer Colton Orr. All along we — or at least I — thought that decision fell completely to the coaching staff, but it turns out the players are behind it just as much, if not more. “We like our team with Colton in it,” he said. “We seem to be a stronger more assertive team with him playing. It’s sort of the karma among the players. They like having Colton’s presence.” Of course, Renney never technically said that his players felt more protected, but that seemed to be the implication.
  • Related to the recent call-up of Ryan Callahan, the question had been asked about whether the Rangers could just randomly call up players from Hartford purely for practices without actually making a roster move. The word from the team is no, that players called up have to be included on the roster, and hence, are entitled to an NHL salary. In other words, the Callahan situation is unique given the break in Hartford’s schedule.
  • Renney acknowledged he’s pulled certain struggling players — i.e. Adam Hall — aside to help coax them out of their scoring slumps. Hall has just two goals and five points in 24 games so far, and while he hasn’t played terribly, he has appeared flustered of late with the puck on his stick. The guy needs to score a goal soon, if only for his own confidence. Otherwise maybe he’s in need of a night off.

    Back with more later…

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    1. SAM: Thanks for the info on the call ups…I have been trying to find that out for a while now…noone has ever been able to tell Thanks again

    2. Adam Hall gets pulled aside and talked to. But Prucha gets pulled off the second line for a give away in the third period of a 2-1 losing score at the time and replaced with Adam Hall!! Who can’t put a puck into the Atlantic Ocean to steal a phrase from the great Bill Chadwick.

    3. Doodie Machetto on

      By the way, anyone notice that Steve Rucchin seemed bitter during his interview with Al before the game?

    4. John M : You are just guessing at why Prucha was benched…could have been part of something bigger than one play…lets not assume that we know what Reneny said and did for waht

    5. Hall from Prucha and Ozo… three players getting crap for not producing offensively. Go figure. ;)

    6. Doodie Machetto on

      This blog is a magic place… First Hossa, now Hall. If everyone starts getting on Jagr and he will score 100 goals.

    7. Doodie Machetto on

      If Nylander got on the other end of that tic-tac-toe, it would have been one of the prettiest goals of the year

    8. Hall scored 10 PP goals in Nash. last year, so it’s no surprise. But it’s hard to score from the bench.

    9. Doodie Machetto Straka disnt blow a chance in the first…he outwaited the gaoli than took a slash wich stopped his movement to lift the puck

    10. Hey Sam, while you are getting on player’s cases so that they start scoring again, how about making some comments about Prucha?

    11. 4Rangers: Yeah, but some of those goals havnt been their faults or have been grat plays…like the goal jsut scored….I mean…If Ozo goes to play the body and hossa makes that move its 1 on 1 with King..he did a good job making him shoot from out in front, giving Lundqvist a better chance, it was a great backhand shot, and it seemed to fool Lundqvist a bit, and it was the perfect hight, a little lower it hits pad…Cant get upset at the D for that play…

    12. Doodie Machetto on

      Straka did get the shot up, but Lehtonen stopped it with his blocker. I didn’t get on him when he missed it, everyone misses the occassional chance. I was just saying he righted his personal ship, which has been the best one on the team over the past few games.

    13. hey wildcard, do me a favor. take your lame excuse-laden “explanations” and apply them to someone else’s posts. ’cause I am tired of your Ranger PR dept. act

    14. Doodie Machetto on

      4Rangers, you are the typical NY fan. Even if the team went 98-0(including playoffs) you would still find something to complain about.

    15. yeah, unlike company men like you. I also include you in my previous post too. to leave you out would be dereliction of doodie.

    16. Doodie Machetto on

      what is the point of watching a team and being a fan if all you do is complain?

      Sam said that one Hossa wasthinking offense and the other was thinking defense. It’s more like, one Hossa is thinking Art Ross, the other is thinking, damn, my brother is so much better than I am.

    17. Doodie Machetto on

      Man, every team in the league loves to just KILL prucha. When he went to the bench it looked like he was crying on Straka’s shoulder.

    18. Doodie Machetto on

      I would put Hall out there instead of Prucha. He has been hot on the PP tonight and Prucha hasn’t been shooting well.

    19. WILDCARD
      John M : You are just guessing at why Prucha was benched…could have been part of something bigger than one play…lets not assume that we know what Reneny said and did for waht


    20. this team sucks, Renney is outcoached every time.

      and what the hell did Hollweg do to deserve being in Hyena’s doghouse?

    21. wanna know why we lost?
      because of THE FORWARD

      watch the game again ladies and gents.


      came directly off of a rush caused by a forward who turned the puck over in the offensive zone, trapping 2-3 rangers in the process.

    22. The Rangers forwards refused to dump and chase, even when the Thrashers bottled them up at the their blueline rush after rush after rush. This should come as no surprise, as it’s the exact problem they had last year. Sather and Co. tried to remedy it by getting more north-south players like Shanny, Cullen and Hall, but thus far this season, not much has changed in that respect.

      Not that the defense was stellar by any means, of course. Ward might as well have cleared a path for Holik in overtime, and Rachunek literally gift wrapped the Thrashers first goal. And Henrik doesn’t get a pass either, after blowing it on Holik’s first goal and then leaving a nice juicy rebound on Holik’s initial soft shot in OT.

      Conclusion: the entire team came up short. No sense trying to lay blame on one player or group of players. The only positive to come out of this game is that a number of players who’d been slumping in the point department got on the board, which will hopefully give some of them a bit of a boost. Otherwise, they should count themselves lucky to come out of this game with a point, because the effort wasn’t there for a full 60 minutes – they came out flat in the first, and sat back in the 3rd. You can’t afford to not put in a 60 minute effort against a team like Atlanta.

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