There are thin walls at the MSG Training Center, to the extent that I am struggling to write because a handful of players—the always verbose Aaron Ward surely being one of them—are yucking it up in an adjacent room.
That’s my first excuse of the day. What exactly are the Rangers?
Among the concerns: They’re not tough enough. “They bowed down too easily to an inferior opponent last night at the Garden”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070110/SPORTS01/701100378/1046/SPORTS. Their best hockey has been born of desperation, and for whatever reason, this disparate collection of athletes from around the globe aren’t very desperate.
I’m sure there are many of you who would like the next line of this entry to be something along the lines of, “and so the Rangers have traded Adam Hall for…” or “with that the team has called up…” But I’m not sure that’s going to happen anytime soon.
“We’re always going to try to improve ourselves. There are options. My preference is to ensure these guys get the message and get the job done,” Tom Renney said. “You never rule stuff out. You can’t. We’re here to win.”
What’s interesting to note is that while Renney and other Rangers today spent most of the time talking about how the team needs to be more physical, there was the concession that the team, as its currently constructed, has to overcome its own nature. But even then Renney said much of last night was unacceptable.
“Physical for me might be different than physical for you,” the coach said. “For me it’s going hard to the net. It’s going for loose pucks. It’s taking the last two strides to complete whatever the task might be. I love Western Hockey League hockey, the hockey back home that I was weaned on. But that’s not what we’re made of, quite honestly. At the same time, that doesn’t mean I don’t demand of them to take the last strides to complete the deal.”
Some other news:
Shanahan also pointed out that the difference between these Rangers and his Cup winning teams in Detroit—beyond the obvious gap in talent—is that team was never satisfied:
“I remember hearing from people after winning our first Stanley Cup that there is a chance that group would become complacent. I thought it was the complete opposite. Like a wild animal getting his first taste of meat and is forever a meat eater. I think when you develop a winning culture you have an appetite that’s never satisfied. We’re not there yet.”
I’ll have more in a bit. Sorry for the delay. But again, you can blame Aaron Ward….