Or in playoff-speak, an “upper nasal excess mucus” situation. No, the Big Fella isn’t hurt, and was just kept out of practice as a precaution.
Meanwhile, as I alluded to earlier, there is definitely an extra charge around the Training Center today, with so many camera crews they actually had to set up a separate room for our session with Tom Renney. I mentioned to Brendan Shanahan the muffins and coffee set up for the media, and the right wing, without missing a beat, replied, “Hopefully that’s not coming out of our revenue.”
Speaking of Shanahan, the veteran today was the recipient today of the Rangers’ annual Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the media this season. John Dellapina presided over the brief ceremony in the Rangers’ lounge. It was actually quite nice, although it should be noted there was at least one protester.
“If I got here 20 games earlier, there’s no way he would have gotten that award,” Sean Avery chimed in.
Shanahan chuckled at that, and said he was going to make sure to rub the award in Avery’s face now that he had it. He also said he’s going to use the plaque to his advantage when out in public.
“Anytime someone gives me a hard time,” he said. “If a cop pulls me over, I’ll say, ‘Look, I’m a good guy.’”
Jokes aside, as Dellapina noted, we vote on a number of awards, but the Good Guy Award is the most important to us. And as he also said, the Rangers have a long tradition of their best players being their most cooperative. Naturally, Shanny follows in that tradition.
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