Just talked to the ever-resourceful Brian Heyman down at the Garden, and word is the Rangers did in fact ask for Jaromir Jagr to not play in the All-Star game in 11 days.
That was the indication all along, but it explains why only Brendan Shanahan will be representing the Rangers. Actually, it only explain Jagr’s absence. Why Martin Straka isn’t going is beyond me.
Anyway, a good win for the Rangers, and it at least seemed from a distance that Jason Krog was halfway decent in his debut.
And of course, congratulations to Jed Ortmeyer for netting his first goal in 364 days. In one of those interminable sessions a while back when Ortmeyer was forced to practice only on his own, I remember watching him working on his finishing touch.
I said to him at one point, “That’s what I need to work on. I can’t finish.”
“Me neither,” Ortmeyer said.
Apparently one of us was wrong.
Brian was kind enough to send along these quotes from post-game.
I think they’re all pretty self-explanatory, so here goes.
TOM RENNEY ON JAROMIR JAGR NOT GOING TO THE ALL-STAR GAME:
“It’s a tough situation. Everyone would like to participate, but he needs to continue to rehabilitate himself. He’s really, really valuable. I appreciate the fact that we’re able to do that.”
ON HOW THE DECISION WAS MADE:
“I think it was a discussion that Glen maybe had with Colie. They concurred. The type of surgery he had in the offseason was really, really significant. By his own admission, he’s still yet to be 100 percent right. So in fairness to our organization that pays him, I think that everyone is on the same page with the fact that he can take a deep breath and do some work on that thing. The league (also) needs him.”
BRENDAN SHANAHAN ON HIS ALL-STAR SELECTION:
“I’m turning 38 the evening of the skills competition. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in one of these (All-Star Games), and I don’t know that I ever thought that I’d play in them again. So I’m excited to go to it. Most of the All-Star Games I’ve played in, it’s been like Gretzky and Messier and Stevens and Francis. And now I’m going to be in the dressing room with Ovechkin and Crosby and Staal, some of the great young players of our game. I’m excited about that.”
SHANAHAN ON JED ORTMEYER:
“Somebody had said to me about three or four weeks ago that we could really use one more sort of north-south, North American-style guy who gets there and mucks it up and bangs bodies. I was agreeing with that. I didn’t realize we already had one of those waiting to get healthy. … And he’s good in the room. This isn’t a very talkative room and he’s talkative.”