Somewhere a village is missing an idiot

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That would be me, which should hardly come as a surprise to those of you who know this site well.

But after anointing “Jason Krog as Jaromir Jagr’s linemate for the foreseeable future”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070209/SPORTS01/702090423/1046/SPORTS, it now looks like Krog won’t even play tonight against the Lightning.

Why the reversal from Tom Renney? Consider the three variables.

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1.) He was never planning on using Krog with Jagr and he was just keeping everyone off balance.

2.) He was planning on using Krog with Jagr until he emerged from a hypnotic trance.

3.) He was planning on using Krog with Jagr until he saw something, either in his opponent or his own lineup, that prompted him to change his mind.

I know some of you would suggest a fourth option, that Jagr cornered Renney in a dark hallway and demanded that the fouth-line-journeyman be removed from his side. But as Jagr told me yesterday, he was on board, and I happen to believe him.

Anyway, I was at least right in that Renney is jumbling his lines against the Lightning, and my guess is these combinations will be a tad more palatable. Note the reunion of the beloved “COP” line, along with Marty Straka taking a rare turn at center.

Hossa-Straka-Jagr
Avery-Nylander-Shanahan
Prucha-Cullen-Ortmeyer
Hollweg-Betts-Orr

At defense:

Malik-Rozsival
Ward-Rachunek
Tyutin-Girardi

Also:

  • Tommy Pock, Adam Hall and Krog are the healthy scratches. I understand completely if no one believes another word I say.
  • I was also at least correct in that the Rangers will be splitting up Jagr and Brendan Shanahan on two different power plays, with Jagr back with last year’s group of Petr Prucha and Michael Nylander, while Shanahan will be with Sean Avery and Marcel Hossa, with Matt Cullen and Karel Rachunek at the points. As opposed to a first and a second unit, Renney sees them more as 1-A and 1-B. Unless one is obviously clicking better than the other.
  • Henrik Lundqvist is in net. No word on tomorrow against the Caps, but my guess is Kevin Weekes would get the nod.
  • I asked Avery if he’s at all worried about adjusting to playing with Nylander since Nylander is pretty much like no other player in the league. He said his hope is for Nylander to hold the puck more than anyone else, and that his only concern is not drifting off-sides when Nylander does one of his patented circle-backs toward the neutral zone.

    Anyway, something to look for.

    More later…

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    1. Orlando Ranger on

      With the 14 forwards we’re carrying, that’s not a horrible looking line-up. I’d consider trading Nylander with Straka…

      Really like the Power Play changes, too.

    2. Interested fan makes a good point. I would also trade either ward, rachunek, or malik and try to get a decent 2nd or 3rd line center. that would help a lot. and with Pock, lampman, and Staal next yr. there D will only get better.

      Looks like Girardi is here to say, he deserves it not in the stats but watch him play…

    3. CAP LOCKS BECAUSE THEY ARE DESERVED:

      THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST LINEUP RENNEY HAS ICED ALL YEAR. FROM THE FORWARDS TO THE DMEN TO THE POWERPLAY. I AM SHOCKED I REALLY AM. FULL STAMP OF APPROVAL ON THIS SET UP AND IF HE STAYS WITH IT I GUARANTEE YOU NOT ONLY A WIN TONIGHT BUT A RANGER TEAR THROUGH THE NEXT 4 OR 5 GAMES

    4. I agree with you on Girardi, steady, you don’t know he is out there, not like the other three. I could care less about what you get for any of other three being discussed. I would actual at this point trade ward first, then malik, and finally rachuneck but again it is a matter of getting pock in.

    5. Whoa! Stop the presses. Could it be that one of the Ranger PR staffers who patrol these websites (you know who you are) got word to Renney that he was quickly approaching laughingstock status and he came to his senses?

      Seriously these lines are a little better and it’s about time he tried Straka at center. I also like Prucha with JJ on PP1 and Shanahan on a PP2 unit. Now if they can just get JJ and co to keep their shifts to 1 minute the PP might just do something.

      As for Pock, I’m just resigned to the fact that he’ll be outta here this summer as a UFA. Too bad, I think the kid has potential as an offensive d-man but he’s just not getting the opportunity here.

    6. I like the lines a lot. I like Straka as Jagr’s center and Nylander as Shanny’s center. Makes total sense to me. The powerplays look good too.

      Only complaint on D is the same as everyone else: get Pock in and get Malik out! And I wouldn’t mind seeing Orr out of the lineup, but Hall or Krog won’t do much more (and I suspect that the 4th line will get less time anyway).

      Sam, I agree. It makes sense to start Weekes tomorrow. Let Lundqvist play at home and against a team we’re chasing. Let Weekes play against Washington.

      Go Rangers!!

    7. By the way if Krog is going to be benched for along period of time, waive him. Bring up a kid and play him instead of orr. Nice try but experiment did not work (krog that is)

    8. Whoa, this line-up looks pretty good (except for Malik). Of course, it will prove to be a disaster tonight and make us all look like idiots. I just hope Renney has the patience to try this for more than a period.

    9. there is literally nothing to complain about these lines, dpairings and pp units. they are all perfect (in terms of personnel) folks pock is supposed to be an offensive dman he doesn’t have a point. not doing his job imo. can’t stand malik but rather have him in there than pock.

      as far as the hossa straka jagr line prepare to watch them dominate the boards tonight. i haven’t been this excited for a game all year. perfect lines by renney tonight im shocked

    10. Hopefully, he will stick with these lines. I think it’ll work.

      Still, Lundqvist is the most important player in all of this. He has to continue to post a GAA of 2.00 or better over the remainder of the season. If not, they’ll be teeing off on April 8th.

    11. First off, for all the Cliche lovers out there, here’s what Bob Mckensie said about him:

      “Cliché isn’t an A+ plus prospect but the consensus seems to be that he will play in the NHL as a quality third-line centre who can be a good faceoff guy and penalty killer. ”

      Wow! We’re obviously missing out there! Can’t believe we traded the next Kris Draper! (hope the sarcasm is oozing out of the page here)

    12. New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired left wing Pascal Dupuis from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for right wing Adam Hall.

    13. I like this lines although I’d switch Prucha with Hossa. I agree with D lines as well. I have watched Pock last few games closely and he didn’t look good at all. He made a lot of mistakes on the ice recently. Girardi looks way better and deserves long-term stay. And if we cannot move Malik than let him play with Rozsival. They know each other very well and I believe thay make better defesive pair than Rozsival-Rachunek. Good to know Renney finally wakes up and changed PP units. Now, I hope Prucha-Jagr chemistry clicks on. I love second unit – so differential, perfect line. I’d bet we’ll get 2 points tonight.

    14. Doodie Machetto on

      SAM! WHERE DID YOU GET THAT PICTURE OF ME?!

      all kidding aside, those forward lines look really good. I’m not crazy about Hossa on the 1st line, but if it’s because Prucha gets to be on the POC(the Thomas Pock rallying cry name for the line) line, then it’s not TERRIBLE.

      I’d like to see Callahan up, but since he’s a RW, it would require moving Shanahan back to his natural LW position, which would break up him and Avery, which I think would be a mistake. However, Dawes could slide right in on the top line instead of Hossa. Alternatively, we could put either one on the COP line and slide Prucha up. It would either be the COD line or the infinitely funnier COC line.

    15. This trade doesn’t do much. I agree, I’d still rather Moore here. Of course, Minnesota will probably use Hall on the PP and he’ll score 10+ for them like he did with Nashville.

    16. a casual observer on

      If Dupuis is better than a bag of pucks then sather made a better trade than I would have.

    17. Except for 1994 cup team MSG owners have always had avg team. we can stop trying to switch up lines. this team is what it is and no more. this team has been put together with to many 4th and 5th liners. Here’s ur problem how many draft choices thru ranger system are on this team? where are the high 1st rounders for past 5-6yrs been. Devils have how many draft picks on there team? parise, zajac (just from last yr) vs. Hugh (disappoint) jessiman..the list goes on and on. New CAP horrendous draft picks thats the problem.

    18. Dupuis has more goals playing for the defensive minded Wild, than Moore does with the offensive minded Pens, with about the same playing time. I call the Moore for Dupuis exchange a wash. My concern is the character issue. Dominic was the best and Dupuis has a rep.

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