Just a few thoughts before I go:
A nice pre-game touch was Jason Ward being announced as a Rangers scratch. I guess it was for old times sake.
Sean Avery was lauded by Tom Renney and his new teammates in his first outing. I was fairly impressed as well. On a team where there are too many players intent on circing back toward their own defense, it was refreshing to see a player actually move forward.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thought he played an intelligent game, a high energy game,Ã¢â‚¬? said Shanahan, who began the night as Avery’s linemate. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You could hear the other teams chirping at him, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a very skilled player. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s excited about the game. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s into it. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely a gamer.Ã¢â‚¬?
Renney spoke about the flexibility Avery allowed him in moving guys throughout the lineup. Naturally tonight was an extreme given his insistence on getting Jaromir Jagr away from Jay Pandolfo and Co. But chances are we’ll see more of that moving forward.
I’m with you if you thought the Brad Luckowich hit on Petr Prucha was an elbow. But Renney said he reviewed the tape after the game and didn’t have a problem with it. As for Prucha, the coach said the wing was fine. “He’s Petr Prucha,” he said.
Stop the presses: After all the internal debate about whether or not the Rangers should shoot more on the power play, would you believe it was Jaromir Jagr who suggested they may need to shoot more? I almost dropped my tape recorder when I heard it.
OK, more later…