…actually proved to be quite eventful. And with that in mind, some follow-ups are in order.
Still, I go back to “my initial reaction”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/02/01/and-now-playing-the-main-stage/ to Shanahan’s tirade, and that is it was a player knowingly trying to steer the storyline away from a tough 2-1 loss and toward something else. Whether that’s a bad thing or not is another matter. Mark Messier used to do the same thing all the time, and he’s widely considered the greatest leader in all of hockey.
The question is, just because Shanahan wanted that to be the story last night, does that mean it was the story? I’m not sure. I happen to have a lot of respect for Brendan, both in how he plays the game but even more so in how he conducts himself off the ice. But that doesn’t mean he gets to write the script.
To that end, I asked Aaron Ward at one point today what made Shanahan speak up when he did. Ward knew exactly where I was going, and wouldn’t touch it.
“Nice try, though,” he said.
But here’s the important point: criticism comes with the territory. I understand that. If I’m going to throw out my thoughts and observations for the rest of you to sift through, I can’t expect all of you to like them (as an aside, I find it funny that these sort of comments always arise when the Rangers lose. If you really want to criticize me for defensive zone giveaways and lazy penalties, you should at least come and watch me play).
I don’t know if I’m too lighthearted or not. I know I love hockey. And I know my musings on the Rangers’ defensive pairings aren’t a matter of national security.
But that’s not to say I don’t take the passions of Rangers fans seriously, because those passions are what makes this blog so worthwhile. Everyone cares, and that’s always in the back of my mind as I go through my day.
So, long story short: if you have an issue, I say have at it, either here, or in an e-mail at sweinman@Lohud.com. My only request is that you keep it civil. Otherwise I’m calling in one of my enforcers.