There may be only one thing more dangerous than a team at the top of its game, and that is a team at the bottom. Hence this quote from Tom Renney about facing the struggling Flyers tonight:
“I’m friggin’ nervous. I’m nervous,” Renney said. “I don’t know exactly why but these guys are going to work hard and if you do what you do under these circumstances—you really work hard under your game plan and work hard with in…And if we’re not ready for that—and that’s probably the larger side of the equation, if we’re not ready for that—then this could be an interesting night. I happen to have more faith in our guys tto get it done han I did three weeks ago, for example. But things happen.”
One can understand where the coach is coming from. With the Flyers mired in last place and missing nearly half their roster due to injuries, the conventional wisdom is a team filled with cast-offs and prospects might make for an easy night for the Rangers. But as soon as the Rangers start to think that way, that’s when they invite in problems.
Meanwhile, a couple of other notes:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I really don’t compare the two situations,” Dolan said. “I think it’s pretty different. The Rangers have a whole farm system and a whole scouting system and a whole developmental system that doesn’t really exist in the NBA. And I have a great deal of confidence in Glenn and everything he built that it was eventually going to come to fruition and give us success. The Knicks don’t have that. What the Knicks have is readily visible. We got one rookie, three second year guys. We don’t have any assets sitting in the closet developing. We have what we have.”
OK, that’s all for now….