The somber mood in the Rangers dressing room was telling today, but certainly not surprising.
This team is in a bad way, folks. There’s no sugarcoating it. And although Tom Renney threatened lineup changes before Tuesday, the coach stopped short of responding to a question about an answer being found outside the organization.
â€œI probably shouldnâ€™t comment to be honest with you,â€ he said. â€œAs you can imagine, Iâ€™m pretty fired up right now and I might say something I might regret.”
I asked Jaromir Jagr the same question, and the Captain was equally non-commital.
“I’d give you my opinion but it’s not going to mean much because I don’t know,” he said.
There’s no question the Rangers need something, whether it’s new blood, some players sitting, or maybe a much-needed break. Problem is, they still have two more games before they can catch their breath.
When he spoke after the game, Brendan Shanahan sounded like there had been a death in the family.
â€œRight now the biggest enemy is ourselves,â€ Shanahan said. â€œWe repeat the same mistakes and itâ€™s no one elseâ€™s fault. You donâ€™t have to be Scotty Bowman to figure out whatâ€™s wrong with our team. We beat ourselves. So we have to fix it ourselves, and we can. Itâ€™s tough to be positive after a game like this. But itâ€™s not like weâ€™re playing our best hockey and we just canâ€™t win. Weâ€™re playing as bad hockey since Iâ€™ve been here.â€