You’ll see we’re back with some audio clips, with today’s selection Tom Renney’s postgame press conference. It’s fairly long, but if you’re patient you’re rewarded toward the end with an unintentionally comical moment.
The question had to do with the continued resurgence of Matt Cullen, who scored the game-winning goal in the shootout, and who Renney said just needed some time to acclimate to New York (the exchange is about 6:30 in).
“Coming from Carolina to New York City, and a brand new child and all those kinds of things and making sure he has his wife under control, and everybody’s happy, that takes time,” Renney said.
Only when Renney realized that saying Cullen needed to get his wife “under control” might be misconstrued did the room erupt with laughter, and the coach quickly clarified what he meant.
Minutes later, when we were walking down the hallway, a group of us saw Cullen talking to a former Hurricanes teammate, and we began to relay the episode to him. As it happened, Renney rounded the corner just then as well, and when he saw us talking to Cullen, the coach laughed again.
“So this is how it works,” Renney said. “Whatever they tell you, Cully, you’re a good man.”
“I’ll give him her cell phone number,” Cullen said.