Some early morning thoughts while the Rangers are busy locking up Jason Krog to a multi-year deal.
I’m kidding, of course…
Put down the defibrillator….
Apparently all is well between Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr, with the two clearing the air after “Friday’s mild theatrics”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/01/26/stuck-in-the-middle-between-two-hall-of-fame-wings/. I didn’t doubt that this was going to happen, and no matter how pathetic it may have looked on paper, the Rangers’ power play was actually more cohesive on Saturday. It’s all about movement, folks, both of the puck and of bodies. And while I’m sure splitting the two players up on different units remains a consideration, I think it’d be a complete waste to not figure out a way to get those two clicking together.
Speaking of which, give Larry Brooks credit for this gem:
“The Blueshirts went bowling in a team-bonding exercise after skating at the Boston University rink yesterday. It is not known whether Shanahan rolled the ball straight down the middle of the lane while Jagr tried to finesse his ball with a spin.”
As for Brett Hull saying that Shanahan has been begging for the Rangers to snag Peter Forsberg, let’s just say I haven’t heard Shanahan say that directly, but it’s not the first time I’ve heard that. I think it’s mostly tongue-in-cheek. As Shanahan said about the power play, he’s interested in results, and if he thought Colton Orr would work at center, he’d try that, too. But it’s hard not to be intrigued by the prospect of playing alongside Foppa. In a related story, sounds like “Forsberg is at his wit’s end in Philly”:http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=5090 and that something is imminent.
I’ve decided the only real solution to my hectic dual existence as golf writer and hockey writer is for the Rangers to bring in “Tiger Woods as second-line center”:http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news;_ylt=Am1SLZ.vzPN2UdyRnnXXf9U5nYcB?slug=ap-buickinvitational&prov=ap&type=lgns. Hey, it wouldn’t be the first time the team took a chance on a high-priced star…
The Rangers don’t skate until midday, but sounds like the lines from Saturday are likely to be intact. Whether that applies to the defense as well is to open-ended.
More on that later…