If the knock against Tom Renney recently is that the coach hasn’t been willing to mix things up enough, then today might offer a response.
As with anything else that happens in practice, there’s no guarantee you’ll see it the next night in the game. But it sounds like the lines Renney toyed with today are likely to stick together tomorrow against the Lightning. And if I’m wrong, well, what else is new?
On then, with what are likely to be the team’s most radical line combinations of the year:
A few quick thoughts:
And as even Jagr himself said, just because he’s a future Hall of Famer doesn’t mean his linemates need to be.
“Both guys got skill and that’s important,” Jagr said. “We’ve got to give it time. I was playing with Kip Miller for four or five years in Pittsburgh and nobody thought that would work. But we scored a lot of goals, and before that both of my linemates were in the minors. So you never know.”
So in other words, I said, you’re open to this?
“It can’t get any worse right now,” Jagr said.
“I just think we have an opportunity to (mix things up) more so than before,” Renney said.