Hartley rolls the dice, Renney racks his brain


*UPDATE, 2:45: Blair Betts, Colton Orr, Brad Isbister, and Ryan Hollweg are all skating in warm-ups, so it’s still up in the air who will be scratched.*

Just when you thought Tom Renney led the league in verbose answers, Bob Hartley may make the Rangers coach sound concise by comparison.

However long-winded, though, the Thrashers coach was fairly entertaining when talking about his controversial decision to start Johan Hedberg over Kari Lehtonen in goal today. And in the spirit of being too lazy to transcribe it all, I figured I’d let you all listen for yourselves.

If not interested, here’s the gist:

“It’s all about Moose (Hedberg). It’s not about what the other guy did or didn’t do,” Hartley said. “Kari did his best and Kari’s a very big part of this team. Because I said from Day 1 we wanted two goalies capable of winning, and Moose has shown throughout this year and throughout the years with other teams that he can win in this league, and win the big ones.”



One other interesting Hartley tidbit was his commentary on Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander. In response to a fairly quiet effort from his own high-powered duo of Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk, Hartley said that Jagr was simply better on Thursday night, and that Nylander and Jagr rank with Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier as one of the best duos in the game.

As far as pressing news, Tom Renney said he’s contemplating several game-time decisions, none of which he was willing to disclose.

An educated guess: Blair Betts, still banged up from Game 1, is probably out, with Ryan Hollweg taking over at center on the fourth line. I would assume Colton Orr would be at right wing if that were the case, but if Betts is out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brad Isbister there. But again, that’s just a guess.

OK, more in a bit…

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  1. That’s not good. Betts is a solid PK man and shot blocker. On the other hand, hopefully Hollweg will throw his body around, because the Rangers were seriously outplayed physically on Thursday.

  2. sol rosenberg on

    holly orr orts

    id like to see a goon/energy line out there. they wont play much but taking a few runs at exelby, holik and company would be nice! id NEVER put them against hossa and kavulchuk.

  3. I’m thinking it was that blocked Kovalchuk 1-timer he took from about 5 feet away up high.

    I’ll miss him if he’s out tonight. Good contributer imo.

    Just a thought – orts holly orr would be pretty nasty but I think it might be a slight liability, especially if they ice the puck and then hollweg has to take a draw against KT or Holik.

  4. ORR kicks Ying Yang on

    Hollweg Ortmeyer Orr

    You cant have Orrzie or Hollywood at center. If Hollweg is playing he needs to know hes in this series because we need him to be physical and smart..Same with Orr..Like Tom Renney would always tell hollweg that he can be more offensive..thats the reason why hollweg is having a bad season..last season he didnt work on offense as much and he had 2 or more goals. and at least 5 to 6 points..and massive amounts of hits…Now he has 1 goal 1 or 2 assists..and barely any big time hits like last year..

    Also he cant take dumb penalties like hes been doing lately.


  5. czechthemout!!!!! on

    big mistake to have all three of those stone hands guys on the ice at the same time on one line.dubinsky should have been called up and put in the middle of hollweg and orts.orr is useless in the playoffs and he constantly gets knocked off the ice.

  6. czechthemout!!!!! on

    i hope to not see any complacincy from the team today.they can’t be satisfied with one win,they need to get the win today too.

  7. czechthemout!!!!! on


    thanks.i still maintain that renney is NOT a good coach and that he will cost us a series with his dicisions both on personell and in games.wether it’s this series remains to be seen.i hope of course that i am wrong.

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!

  8. czechthemout!!!!! on

    UPDATE, 2:45: Blair Betts, Colton Orr, Brad Isbister, and Ryan Hollweg are all skating in warm-ups, so it’s still up in the air who will be scratched–

    callahan is sitting tonight boys.

  9. Pretty sure Cally isn’t scratched. 2 of those 4 will be out. If Betts is good to go, I hope Isbister and Orr get the seat.

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