You figured it was only a matter of time before there was a crack in Brendan Shanahan’s facade, and sure enough, there was the perennial All-Star at his locker stall today, openly complaining about…..the lack of hangers at Madison Square Garden. Maybe that doesn’t sound like much, but what’s next, weak water pressure? Bland post-game food?
Speaking of which, talk about empty nets. While Shanahan was lamenting the lack of hangers, what I should have said was, “What are you talking about? You guys have Jagr.” Of course, the big fella was standing right there, so I thought better— especially after Jagr had already smashed a piece of plexiglass with a slapshot during practice. I guess that shoulder’s feeling better.
Anyway, the Rangers are hopping a flight to Buffalo shortly for their regular season-finale against the indomitable Sabres, and odds are the lineup is going to have a different look. Among the changes:
One last little tidbit: I talked to both Renney and Thomas Pock about the forgotten defenseman’s lack of playing time, and it sounds like a conditioning assigment in Hartford is a consideration. Pock had originally said he’d rather be practicing in the NHL than playing in the minors, but judging from our conversation today, he might be having second thoughts. And it sounds like Renney would be for it as well.