As a matter of fact I am seeing how it’s been two grueling weeks since my last vacation. But we’re not talking about me…
No, the man in question is your Rangers captain, Jaromir Jagr. Yes, the Big Fella is in the lineup tonight against the Islanders. And no, there isn’t much reason to expect him to play less than a full game even while contending with a troublesome hip flexor.
But with that and other body parts still ailing, and the All-Star break upon us in two weeks, there is at least the theory that the veteran should not play in the game, take time to rest, and thus be better prepared for the crucial second part of the season. Tom Renney conceded it was a consideration, as did Jagr himself a few days ago.
I would imagine that if the Rangers’ prized right wing is at all questionable at that point, he should indeed take the time to rest and not play. But let’s be clear that the NHL All-Star Game is never going to be confused with the Stanley Cup finals, and if Jagr can represent the Rangers by playing a meager few shifts of shinny hockey, he should go.
I doubt either way it’s going to make much of a difference.
Meanwhile, in other news…
Speaking of the All-Star game, the starters for both teams are going to be announced around 9 tonight, and it doesn’t look like the Rangers will have anyone on the front line, with Jagr the highest vote-getter in sixth place. That said, the team will likely have a few representatives when the full teams are announced in the next week or so.
As for Tom Renney’s style of speaking, which seems to strike a nerve with some of you, let me offer this: at least you don’t have to transcribe interviews with the coach on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, Renney is extremely articulate, maybe even too much for his own good. But I think you’re right in that he gives some answers in four sentences that he could give in one. And if you’re wondering why I don’t always include quotes in my blog entries, it’s because it takes too damn long to go through some of tapes. Still, Renney is a very bright guy, and while this shouldn’t matter one way or other in deciding whether he’s a good coach, he is the type of guy you’d all like if you got to know him.
One of you asked how my gig as “golf writer”:http://golf.lohudblogs.com/ might conflict with my work here. All I can tell you is we dodged a bullet tonight, when the “New York metropolitan area’s lone PGA Tour player, Johnson Wagner”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070109/SPORTS01/701090379/1034/SPORTS, was nearly paired with Michelle Wie in the first two rounds of the Sony Open. I won’t bore you with the particulars since golf isn’t everyone’s schtick. But what I will say is it would have likely meant me making phone calls to Hawaii instead of paying attention to the game. Thankfully, it never reached that point.
Anyway, I’m all yours. Back with more later…