Sorry, had to mention it.
Among some other sights pre-game: Darius Kasparaitis traipsing around the Garden ice in sneakers; a five-minute major penalty assessed to Thomas Pock on the Garden scoreboard (and you’re wondering why he’s scratched); and Tom Renney literally backed against the wall while assessing the play of Adam Hall.
I’ll give you the verbatim in a second, but I doubt there’s anything a coach could say that’s going to make Hall anything more than he is to Rangers fans: a colossal disappointment. That the 26-year-old Michigan native has scored just four goals since coming here is one thing. That he’s scored four goals in place of Garden favorite Dominic Moore, though, is why Hall has become a lightning rod on 33rd Street.
“He is one of those guys, quite honestly, that we could use more physical play from,” Renney said.
So why does Hall keep playing? It’s a fair question, and one that might become more of an issue on Saturday, when Colton Orr is eligible upon completion of his five-game suspension (I know, Orr for Hall is not exactly the answer to all your prayers). But just as we discussed in the previous post, Renney is more likely to err on being too patient with a veteran than not patient enough.
Maybe Hall rewards the coach by emerging from his funk. Or maybe he doesn’t, and he comes to embody everything that has frustrated fans all season.