That was Tom Renney’s response to my question about what his team takes away from Monday’s undressing from Carolina.
I’m not sure any more explanation is needed. If that was the first game of the season, or even a game played a few weeks into the schedule, maybe then you look at it as symptomatic of a larger problem. Instead, Renney’s point is that it was a mere bump in the road: a bad game on an off night against a much hungrier opponent. The Rangers intend to move on. Whether they succeed in that regard is something we’ll know in a couple of hours.
In other news:
The Rangers will have four prospects in this month’s World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic: Bobby Sanguinetti for the US, Artem Anisimov and Alexei Cherepanov for Russia, and Carl Hagelin, a freshman at the University of Michigan, for Sweden. The question was raised whether Renney still pulls for his native Canada in these tournaments or if he is only interested in his prospects. The coach said something about how he mostly follows his prospects, but then made a joking reference to his aspirations of coaching Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In other words, he hasn’t forgotten his roots.
Henrik Lundqvist might not be a lock for tomorrow in Atlanta. Renney said he will have Steve Valiquette on alert depending on tonight. My guess is if the Rangers beat Toronto, Valiquette gets the nod against the Thrashers.
For those who missed it, the CBC has “come out with this report”:http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2007/12/05/nhl-bertuzzi-moore-lawsuit.html that says then-Vancouver coach Marc Crawford ordered the infamous Todd Bertuzzi hit on Steve Moore in 2004. The report is based on court documents. Yikes…