The great knock against Tom Renney is that he is loyal to a fault, which is why his decision to start Stephen Valiquette over Henrik Lundqvist can be considered a departure from the norm.
Again, no one is saying that Valiquette is ready to challenge for the No. 1 job. He’s a career backup who hasn’t started back-to-back games in four years. But he was unquestionably the right choice given the run he’s on, and the fact that Lundqvist has been less than King-like recently.
Sometimes you play your gut, and Renney did that today. It may mean bruising a young goaltender’s ego. But part of being a good coach is knowing you can’t make everyone happy.