Some quick updates from another moribund Rangers’ dressing room:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a difference maker in that you know heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on the ice at all times,Ã¢â‚¬? said Shanahan. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think New York fans are going to love his passion. I think heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be a thorn in the side of the teams we play against…The big thing about Sean is heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s noticeable in every game.Ã¢â‚¬?
“A couple of days ago they asked what I thought of him. As a player, you don’t want to know, but you get asked about guys at different parts of the season. Sometimes it’s a trade. Sometimes it’s just dipping a toe in the water.”
Meanwhile, word from the L.A. side is the Rangers pursued Avery fairly aggressively. Maybe so, but at least one member of the Rangers isn’t ready to declare Avery the answer to the team’s problems.
“Hopefully that’s going to help us,” Jagr said. “But we need more than Sean Avery right now.”
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a confident team, you know youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to win games no matter what. But when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in a tough time like we are, you question things, you second guess things, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when the bad bounces get the best of you,Ã¢â‚¬? center Matt Cullen said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“When youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re playing confident and playing well, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even think about it. You just play. I thought we did a good job of that the first two periods.Ã¢â‚¬?