He won’t play for at least a week, and maybe longer, but that didn’t stop Brendan Shanahan from showing up at the Garden directly from St. Vincent’s Hospital in order to address his teammates.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Honestly it was pretty inspirational seeing him coming in here and it shows how much he really cares,Ã¢â‚¬? said center Matt Cullen. Ã¢â‚¬Å“For what heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done for our team and the way heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s led our team, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a pretty inspirational guy in the first place. So for him to come and do that is even more impressive. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one guy who wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give everything for him.Ã¢â‚¬?
The Rangers at least made some headway today, getting two points in typically nerve-wracking fashion at the Garden. For all the challenges still ahead, it’s remarkable that they’re only three points out of a playoff spot. And given that Shanahan was at least lucid enough to make an appearance here, it’s not unreasonable to wonder when he might return.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know in about five days (doctors) are going to meet with him and reassess where he is and from that point, they can determine whether he can go for a bike ride or a little spin on the ice, just determine what type of activity heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be in position to do,Ã¢â‚¬? Tom Renney said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And from there, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be guessing.Ã¢â‚¬?
A few more thoughts:
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