Well, all season long you’ve pleaded with Tom Renney to play the kids. Now it looks like he has no choice.
Karel Rachunek is out three to four weeks. Fedor Tyutin is probably two weeks away. Marcel Hossa will be more than that. Who would have thought that Brendan Shanahan might actually beat all of them back into the lineup?
As I’ve said before, there are two ways to look at the Rangers current dilemma: A) they are cursed to lose so many players at such a crucial point in the season; or B) they should be kicking themselves for being relatively healthy for most of the year and having little to show for it.
Still, consider the lineup that Renney will likely field on Friday against Atlanta: Girardi, Pock, and Liffiton on defense; Dubinsky and Callahan up front. Throw in Brad Isbister, and all this talk of the Rangers possibly relocating the Wolf Pack may actually me true. It turns out they’re all coming to New York.
Maybe this isn’t the way you wanted to see the team break in its young talent. In an ideal universe, the team would have invested in these players right at the start of the year, and they wouldn’t be forced into on-the-job-training dead in the middle of the playoff race.
But that ship has sailed. There’s no turning back now. And you never know. Maybe it’s the kids who succeed in keeping the team afloat.