During our brief media session with Tom Renney outside the Rangers dressing room just now, at least one inquirer seemed out of place — perhaps because he was wearing athletic shorts and a t-shirt.
I will give Sean Avery credit, though. He had the reporter-speak down perfectly, and even had a clipboard in hand for effect.
“Tom, do you feel like you’re getting the most of your new line of Dubinsky, Shanahan and Avery?” the left wing chimed in from the back of the scrum.
“Two thirds of it are really measuring up to exactly what I was looking for,” the coach said. “So as not to bury anybody in the media, I won’t mention any names.”
And with that, Avery disappeared behind the dressing room doors.
So the mood is at least a little lighter given the win last night against the Flyers, although the Rangers are readily aware of their penchant for letdown games. How do you avoid against another? At this point in the season, you would think they don’t have much of a choice.
“What we’ve got to do is string games together, complete games together,” Renney said. “It’s such a crappy cliche but it is a period of time, and for us it is as much a shift at a time. We have to maintain a level of performance that suggests we get it.”
Whether they get it, I suppose we’ll find out tonight.
In other news:
<li>Marek Malik has a contusion above his knee thanks to the hit from Mike Richards and is day-to-day because of limited mobility. Try to contain your tears. This means Paul Mara comes back in the lineup and Marc Staal returns to a pairing alongside Michal Rozsival.
<li>Malik’s situation and the revelation that Marcel Hossa is indeed on injured reserve has the Rangers now without any reserves. Renney said a 13th forward, most likely Ryan Callahan, is a consideration, but if the team hasn’t made that move already, they’re obviously not in a hurry.
<li>Curiously, Renney said a 13th forward is of greater importance than a seventh defenseman, although if a backliner was to be recalled, it may be long-forgotten Andrew Hutchinson. What’s interesting about that is Hutchinson would be a claim risk if the Rangers were to recall him. The coach also mentioned Ivan Baranka as a possibility, but alas, not a word about Thomas Pock.<li>Nice touch here at The Rock: even the urinals sport Devils logos. I guess a picture of Lou Lamoriello there might be misinterpreted.
OK, more later…