Plenty of ground to cover and not much time to do it, so let’s start right in:
“I think it’s a really important for a real deep breath here because it’s not quite gone as he had hoped and myself,” Renney said. “But he’s a very valuable part of our team, let’s leave it at that. He just needs a break.”
Indeed, while this is certainly noteworthy given Hollweg’s popularity both inside and outside the Rangers’ dressing room, I don’t get the sense that this is a long-term issue. It might be fatigue. It might be that Hollweg’s game is just a little off. And while no one has delusions of Hollweg being anything more than a grinder, it might be worth noting that he’s the only player on the team who had played every game without scoring a point (I have to check this, but he might even be the only one in the league).
All that said, my educated guess is that Renney is using tonight to light a fire under Hollweg, and that the wing comes back even harder on Saturday.