To start today, a broad thank you to those of you who passed along your endorsement of the work on this site. As I said earlier, I don’t take any of that lightly.
But to be clear, the purpose of my previous entry was more to emphasize that dissent in this sort of forum is not only inevitable, but in many ways, encouraged. I’ve always said that the readers here have opened my eyes to things I normally wouldn’t see when it comes to this intriguing but ultimately maddening team. And as long as it’s done in a respectful manner, I have no problem with folks taking issue with what I write.
But enough about me. Let’s move on to a few odds and ends:
The “Bring Up Ryan Callahan” campaign has moved well beyond the grassroots level, and my guess is given how the young wing is lighting up the AHL, the Rangers want to make it happen. The problem is two-fold: the Rangers have to clear a roster space, and their no. 1 priority is still a second line center (not that the defense isn’t a trouble spot as well). To that end, this all might be solved in a single stroke. The Rangers move one or more expendable players (Jason Ward? Adam Hall? Karel Rachunek?) in a deal to land a center, and then bring up Callahan. As for who that center might be, you’ve all heard the same names I have: Bryan Smolinski, Yannic Perreault, even Mats Sundin. I wish I could tell you of an imminent deal, but I’d be reaching.
OK, last day talking about the Brendan Shanahan state of the officiating speech from Wednesday. Here’s “my story from today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070202/SPORTS01/702020411/1034/SPORTS getting Jaromir Jagr’s perspective on the issue.
Many of you like to point out that I haven’t been critical enough of Tom Renney in what has been a disappointing season. I’m still of the belief that many of the problems this team has confronted extend beyond the head coach. Still, it’s worth passing along an observation presented to me from a fairly respectable NHL source, and it pertains to Renney’s body language on the bench. Specifically, the source said, Renney often portrays a look of dissatisfaction, and that sort of attitude can easily trickle down to your players. Hence, a team that is battling in a tight game is at its core, lacking in confidence.
I think there might be something to that, but the irony is that Renney is also criticized for being too much of a player’s coach and not bringing the hammer enough. And yet another criticism has been that he doesn’t show *enough* emotion.
It’s a lot to think about. Of course, if he got players to shoot more on the power play, that’d probably help most of all.
OK, more later…