Let’s not let my bellyaching about the parking situation be confused with real complaining.
Consider the alternatives. I could be Tom Renney, and have to wonder if the team I’m coaching tonight is the one I want to be coaching after 3 p.m. on Feb. 27—especially if Brendan Shanahan isn’t back in the lineup. With the veteran not scheduled to see doctors until Friday, Renney was asked how the wing’s condition might impact the Rangers around the trade deadline. The coach’s response, as it often is with personnel decisions, was somewhat circumspect.
“I’m not a general manager and I don’t pretend to be. I coach this team. I coach what’s in front of me. The fact that I get to speak to certain issues when they come is a privilege, I think,” Renney said. “Having said that, we’re still rebuilding the program. It’s a tough one. I want to make the playoffs badly and I want to do well when we get there. But I want to make sure we pay attention to the growth of this franchise—in the long run, too, and that’s really important. As much as coaches have to live in the moment, for obvious reasons, there’s a bigger picture.”
That bigger picture would likely prohibit the Rangers from parting with valuable prospects even if Shanahan is a ways from returning. But it might still allow the team to plug holes at a reasonable cost. As Glen Sather said the other day from Florida, the market on available players is high right now. But come next week, prices are likely to drop. Stay tuned…
Some other notes:
“The bottom line is he understands our system. He understands our opponent. He’s got everything going for him as opposed to a new face that might not. That was all part of the discussion yesterday,” Renney said.
“Only because he’s on it,” Renney said. “There’s a particular function that unit has to adhere to in order to have success. That’s the beauty of going to two units in the first place, and we think we can still accomplish that.”
OK, my fingers are tired. More later…