Update, 7 p.m.: Shanahan is in after all.
The Garden has already begun its preparations for Brian Leetch Night on the 24th, as evidenced by this dimly lit cell phone picture from yours truly (credit goes to John Dellapina of the News for even pointing it out just now, because when I first walked past the ice surface earlier, I never noticed anything different).
With seven of nine games at home before the All-Star break, January could conceivably be the month that elevates the Rangers from a middling unit scrambling just to make the playoffs. But given the challenges directly in front of them, they first have to worry about not taking any major steps backwards.
Among some updates:
(Proof that I am in a sleep-deprived haze: I had to look up to see the Rangers are playing the Flyers on Thursday, because I completely forgot).