I suppose it’d be misleading to say there’s trouble in paradise when there hasn’t exactly been a utopian feel around the Rangers all season.
But consider these comments from Brendan Shanahan about the Rangers’ sputtering power play. Yes, it sounds like he’s referring to the coaching of Tom Renney here. But it certainly doesn’t sound like Jaromir Jagr, who has been the power play’s focal point all season, is spared, either.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have a power play that really sets up for one shot every 30 seconds,Ã¢â‚¬? Shanahan said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All you have to do is watch the highlights in the morning: the successful power plays put pucks to the net and get players going there. Penalty killers are too good. Players and defenses are too good where you can pass through them and have these clean beautiful looks. We have to get some gritty, dirty goals.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I really do think if weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re smart weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll change a few things and change the look of it. We really give the opposing team exactly what they scouted. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very easy for a team to do a pre-scout of the New York Rangers power play and we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t disappoint. We do exactly what they expect us to do.Ã¢â‚¬?
As for Renney, the coach again pointed to a potential roster move. Headed to Hartford during the All-Star break, the answer, specifically a second line center, could come from there, or even from outside the organization.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to continue to look for it,Ã¢â‚¬? Renney said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in your lineup. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possible itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not, and you can only guess your way through that need for so long. The bottom line is youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to have results from that line.Ã¢â‚¬?