If only for a brief moment, Brendan Shanahan appeared in the hallway here at the MSG Training Center before ducking into the trainer’s room.
“He’s good,” Tom Renney said with a smile. “He’s going to go in tonight.”
Easy, now. The coach was only joking. Shanahan is still on injured reserve until Sunday, and was only at the rink today to receive treatment on his shoulder (also banged up in the collision with Mike Knuble) from Jim Ramsay. But as even Renney acknowledged, the fact that the 38-year-old wing is even venturing out of his New York apartment is a reason to be encouraged.
“Definitely,” Renney said. “I took encouragement from it the next day when he went for a little walk and grabbed a coffee and some fresh air. So it is encouraging. I’m not familiar enough with this, so we want to err on the side of caution.”
With that in mind, the Rangers are no closer to determining when Shanahan might return, although an appointment with a neurologist tomorrow will likely shed some new light on the subject. But until then, the team will press on tonight without him.
Among the updates:
“Yeah, the activity around the net, the way we’re going to work their D, you don’t get too much off these guys off the rush. So where Ryan can and certainly will contribute to our team that way, it’s a big strong body. So if in fact we lose Hossa, we thought we could replace him.”
That said, Renney said Isbister would play in Hossa’s place. So if Hossa can go, Isbister would be a scratch alongside Jason Krog and Thomas Pock. Which leads me to my next point…
OK, more later from the Garden…