That headline applies to Tom Renney, which I’ll touch upon in a second. It certainly does NOT apply to Brendan Shanahan, who for all the obvious pains endured yesterday, at least doesn’t remember the collision that knocked him unconscious and now, out of the lineup.
The rest of us, meanwhile, can still see it clearly, and needless to say, it’s not a pleasant image. But as I mentioned before, the good news is that the 38-year-old wing didn’t suffer any neurological damage, and was discharged from the hospital at midday today. In fact, even last night, Shanahan was already cracking jokes to the players who visited him at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
“They’re pleasantly surprised where he is today,” Renney said. “It’s not like he can play hockey in the next little while, but they’re real optimistic with where he is this morning.”
What exactly is the definition of “a little while,” no one quite knows. Since he was placed on injured reserve, Shanahan will miss at least a week, and will have to be free of any concussion symptoms for the Rangers to consider activating him. A lot of that is premature, so I can’t even guess, but it doesn’t sound like Shanahan has a significant history of concussions, which is an important factor.
Meanwhile, some more updates:
“If I have Colton in the lineup, maybe there’s a deterrent. Maybe guys feel bigger and know they can play their game,” Renney said. “We would have taken care of that one earlier and away we go. That’s all after the fact. But that’s my responsibility to make sure the lineup on the ice is one that can and maybe I missed the mark on that….We all have the benefit of hindsight, but I’m prepared to accept responsibility for my job.”
This was all obviously a discussion immediately after the game, and I agree, if there was an opportunity to play Orr, it was yesterday. Now comes the question of whether Renney does himself any favors by admitting a mistake.
Maybe not, especially given the coach faces his share of critics to begin with. But I’ll still always have more respect for someone who admits their errors than someone who refuses to do so. Maybe that doesn’t count for much after a disheartening loss. But it’s better than nothing.