The estimable Dave Maloney, who in addition to being a former Rangers captain and now their radio color analyst was once my counselor at Maloney Brothers Hockey Camp, had what might be the perfect analogy to describe Scott Gomez’s transition to New York.
Those of who you are fans of the film “Shawshank Redemption” will understand it. In it, Gomez is the sad character who spends the majority of his adult life in prison (i.e. playing in the Devils’ structured defensive system), only to struggle once he is given his freedom (i.e. coming to New York).
Here’s hoping Gomez’s outcome is a little brighter than in the movie The season might be bleak. But it can’t be that bleak.
As for some updates:
“Sometimes they do overthink it,” Renney said. “I think Shanny should just rip it at the net. The other night he hit three or four shots wide. Great shots, but I would aim for (the midsection). Maybe it goes down, but the worst case scenario is he’s going to have to make a save and there’s a 50-50 chances you’re going to get a rebound.”
It’s not a bad point. The Rangers are too busy picking at corners that they’re often sending teams the other way when they miss the net.
Updated, 6:55 p.m.: Worth noting: Renney mentioned before the game that Sunday’s canceled day off was the first time he had ever done that. Not so! Through the powerful archives of the Blog, there is “this entry from last year”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/15/so-much-for-the-day-off/, when the Rangers got shellacked in Buffalo on Saturday night, and were back on the ice for an unscheduled practice the next morning. The coach clearly has a lot on his mind, so I’ll cut him some slack for forgetting.