Scott Gomez is at Perry Pearn’s mercy

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As I write this, Scott Gomez is testing out his bruised ribs by going through a series of sprints administered by Perry Pearn.

Gomez looks good, if not entirely happy. His stride doesn’t appear to be hindered, and he’s even been able to get off a series of shots. Of course, Tom Renney put it best when he came out to watch the center skate. “Just throw in a couple of body checks and we’ll be fine,” Renney said.

Indeed, even if Gomez can skate and handle the puck with ease, the big “if” will still be how he handles contact. If this were the lunchtime skate at Westchester Skating Academy, I’d declare him fit to play right now. Sadly, it is not. Renney earlier declared Gomez “doubtful” for tomorrow. That might change based on Gomez and Pearn’s report out of the workout. But I wouldn’t count on it.

Updated, 1:05 p.m.: Gomez didn’t have much to report afterward , saying it felt good to be back on the ice but that he didn’t know about tomorrow. Naturally, it’s not in his best interest to go into detail elaborating on the extent of his pain. “We’ll see how it reacts today. If I can play and I can help out, I definitely want to be in the lineup,” he said. “If there’s any hesitation I don’t think they want me to go out there.”

In other news:

<li>Obviously a lot of power play talk today, what with the Rangers 1-for-their-last-31, and even though it did actually show some (emphasis on “some”) signs of progress last night against the Flyers, Tom Renney did make at least one adjustment. With Michal Rozsival back skating today and likely for tomorrow, Renney had Rozsival back with Christian Backman on one unit, and Paul Mara with Dan Girardi on the other. This might finally mean that Fedor Tyutin, who has been a weak link on the man-advantage for some time now, won’t be there against the Devils.

<li>There was also a switch to the line combinations. If Gomez doesn’t play, look for Nigel Dawes to skate with Chris Drury and Petr Prucha, while Ryan Callahan moves up to the left side with Sean Avery and Brendan Shanahan.

<li>With Rozsival and Mara back healthy, Marek Malik skated today with Jason Strudwick, which doesn’t bode well for tomorrow.

<li>According to a release from NBC, Sunday’s game against the Penguins will have one “Star-cam” dedicated to following Sean Avery (another one will be reserved for Sidney Crosby). No word yet on whether the camera will follow Avery to his pre-game tanning session.

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  1. Put a wrap around those ribs and get out there……I have gotten hit with bruised ribs once before, very painful but i still played through it….and i wasn’t making millions like Gomer is…….

  2. Sam,

    Ran into Dellapina in the hallway last night between the 1st and 2nd periods. After complaining to him for 2 mins about the Power Play, I asked where you were. His reply, “Probably calling his wife.” Ouch!

    Is he always that tan? I’m sure he gets ripped on because of it too. He has to.

  3. Yeah dude, I don’t know if that was a joke or not, but if you could skate like Gomer and not in the NHL…then you need to get an agent.

    I read on Dellapina’s blog that he was in FLA for a few days on vaca with the fam.

  4. Staal – I know. I can’t even watch the replay of him crashing. When you see that at normal speed you realize how hurt he could have been. Everything crashed at once – head, hip, shoulder, leg…

    It is amazing that he is even skating now.

  5. My prediction on the line ‘tweak’.

    Avery back up front, Straka in the middle on the 2nd.

  6. Guys, I have a observation that I want opinions on…
    During our “big winning streak” at least at the beginning to middle of it, the team seemed to be getting much better scoring opportunities by getting to open ice and not playing on the perimeter so much. This resulted in increased scoring opportunities and a dominating cycle in the offensive zone…
    However the last few games we have reverted back to the perimeter play resulting in a decrease in offensive pressure and less scoring chances. I noticed this before the Gomez injury as I’m sure others here also observed. It seems to me that no one is crashing the net anymore other than Callahan and Drury.
    Any thoughts…?

  7. formerly formerly jagrforgovernor on

    kris,

    I for one don’t doubt your toughness. Or Gomez’s either. He’s a team player who isn’t afraid to play hurt, but why risk further injury? We’re all but in the playoffs, and I’d rather have him healthy rather than playing hurt and subconsiously shying away from contact.

    I have come to really like Gomez. He’s starting to really feel more like an alternate or a possible co-captain everyday.

  8. Shanny is Shot and playing like Sh**. You can’t get blood from a Shtone, especially and old Shtone.

  9. Who Needs Lohan on

    Staal Wart… Agreed. It has a lot to do with going back to a defense first mentality which was probably the result of laying the annual Florida egg. I feel that Renney had them revert back to that old style to bring back that mentality. Also think about the few games before Florida where we all could tell that the streak would come to a screeching halt! I really hope we can get back to the 3 or 4 goals a game but if it causes more goals against…..back to the 1-1 regulation ties!!! Problem is, you crash the net and the puck comes back towards your own end, guess what, odd man rush against!

  10. Dr. Ogrodnick bows to Leetch on

    So, If Gomez is st Perry Pearn’s mercy, does this mean he’ll never score again like our powerplay?

    When is Bulltits Renney going to stop trying to win games 1-0?

  11. Salty….Please change your blogname to Sugary. I just think the irony would be a fresh change.

    Let me ask because it is really unclear to me, do you think Drury is overpaid at all? Do you like him as a hockey player? I am not sure based on your few, sparse, plain vanilla comments about him.

    Enough on that.

    Glass half full guys are making all these comments that the PP was “sorta” better last night. If you mean they were actually able to set up and get a shot on goal, then yes I agree. If you guys mean that it resembled an NHL PP worthy of the post-season, I say, “Pass the grass.”

    The fact that we are in the defense-first mindset means that we need to actually do that, play defense…first. We cannot be ready to breakout of the zone at the first sign we have the puck (first goal) and we have to be patient in our attack (2nd goal, no passes across the ice that are easily picked off.) It’s like we have these brain cramps and everyone forgets what we are doing for a flash and then we are down a goal or two. Annoying.

    But keep the faith guys. We are in 6th place. We have a game in hand on Philly and on Ottawa. We play the Devs tomorrow night (now 3g in last 4 games). We are still well in control of our own destiny.

  12. I have to miss tomorrow’s game, but I will be in Pittsburgh on Sat to support the Blueshirts!

  13. I still stand by my assessment that goes back to Ranger fans being deprived of young talent for so long that as soon as we have a little bit, we think they’re all Crosby. They’re just not as good as some make it out to be.

    ……..

    While I agree with this 100%, I don’t know how you can say this with a clear conscience and not see how it applies, even *more* so perhaps, to the coaching situation. That is really beyond me.

    As far as hypocracy goes, yeah, maybe I am a little guilty of ‘being cheerful’ on occasion too…if anything I think that only shows that I do, in fact, *want* to be excited about the team…it just takes a little more of a convincing effort to get my chubby standing up than it does for others, who are happy throwing out stats until they turn blue in the face, trying to pick and choose and paint and polish and *position* a mediocre and underachieving team and/or player(s) as a real challenge and threat, ignoring the obvious disasters night in/night out… thats a sin and a crime and I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror and think “real fan” if I just accepted the sh1tshow I’ve watched sludge through the season without voicing my complaints, critiques, and general disgust to the rest of the “ranger community”.

    There are 6 games left and some/many people still think we’re “just working the bugs out” and that there’s “plenty of time” to get rolling before the playoffs start. What the f^ck planet are you on? THIS TEAM IS IN DEEP, DEEP, DEEP SH1T once they are confronted with another organization that knows how to go for the throat and is willing to.

    Man, I hope they win big, I really do, but the *rational* person in me knows that this team simply does not have the desire to seriously go after a Championship… everyone in that locker room knows it too. This team will play to *not get knocked out*, instead of *playing to advance*, and that mentality will catch up to them prettttty damn quickly in the “magical world of the playoffs where anything can happen”.

    That’s right anything can happen, like this team who has quite literally coasted all season long will have a quick yet painful exit while Tom Renney chews his trident and scratches his head, forcing out a concerned look, all while knowing he’s safe because “they made the playoffs for the 3rd year in a row”.

  14. Staal-

    It’s not always up to the team if they play on the perimeter or not. The Devils and Flyers did a good job of keeping us to the outside. The Rangers need to figure out how to get back in those prime areas. Its not a strategy as much as it is a reflection of the defensive play in the zone.

  15. You’ve forgotten that I’ve said I’d be happy watching the team lose 82 in a row. I just want to see my beloved blueshirts play. As I’ve said, it’s better than watching no hockey at all. And we’re not so different. YOU look for every little thing that is wrong, and I look for every little thing that’s right. Ebony and Ivory you might say. And I’m cool with that.

    I really, really, really, really, really don’t see how the head coach of the NY Rangers has anything, or at least as much, of an impact on the quality of players, more specifically, the youth that is brought into the organization.

    In fact, Staal, Dubi, Girardi, Cally, Dawes and even Hank(though Weeks pretty much played himself out of the job) are perfect examples that speak to the contrary of your statement. Renney has more to do with the success of some of our youth than anyone else. But you won’t see it that way.

    While I don’t disagree that our POSITION makes us a mediocre team, we are right there in points with every other team in the race. Does 4 point really separate mediocre from great? Are Detroit and SJ really the only ‘non-mediocre’ teams in the entire NHL?? 2? MTL is mediocre, but overacheiving.

    “everyone in that locker room knows it too.”
    Really? When did they say this to you?? And why didn’t you tell us before? How did Sam not get this scoop?

    Salty – I always enjoy this back and forth with you, but that was really one of your weakest arguements I’ve read man.

  16. Not to say that Det & SJ are 4 pts away.

    But the div lead is only 6pts away. And a team that we play twice more.

  17. Star Cam for Avery? maybe they should call it turnover cam. Has Renney spoken to Avery about his penchant for utterly retarded turnovers in all three zones? This team has been a 4 line team all year now Renney is only rolling three. Considering that some of the top forwards are so old it would be wise to recall a guy like Moore and have him center the 4th line and give the line 6-8 minutes. Jagr played prettyy well and for once the Flyers got decent goaltending. I though Mara looked pretty rusty(Which is to be expected) Can’t say I’m all that excited about an Callahan-Avery-Shanny line. Poor Callahan will both have to lead the forecheck and the backcheck. He’ll never be so tired having to cover for Avery’s turnovers and Shanny’s turtle like speed. I am not sure why Prucha(WHO PLAYED WITH ENERGY AND GRIT LAST NIGHT) got zero pp time while Straka(who has added nothing to the pp continues to get plenty of it)

  18. ugh…another one.

    upset when the 4th line gets all kinds of time, upset when the top 3 get too much.

  19. “Guys, I have a observation that I want opinions on…
    During our “big winning streak” at least at the beginning to middle of it, the team seemed to be getting much better scoring opportunities by getting to open ice and not playing on the perimeter so much. This resulted in increased scoring opportunities and a dominating cycle in the offensive zone…
    However the last few games we have reverted back to the perimeter play resulting in a decrease in offensive pressure and less scoring chances. I noticed this before the Gomez injury as I’m sure others here also observed. It seems to me that no one is crashing the net anymore other than Callahan and Drury.
    Any thoughts…?”

    Agreed. Only difference is that they aren’t shooting the puck at any chance they get no matter how bad the angle like they did at the start of the year. That pissed me off more than anything because people were like “we aren’t shooting enough thats why we aren’t scoring” but yet the scoreboard showed us with 40 shots a game. They score more goals when they are patience and have guys skating around and moving to the slot…which I know is complete rocket science. haha.

    “This team has been a 4 line team all year now Renney is only rolling three. Considering that some of the top forwards are so old it would be wise to recall a guy like Moore and have him center the 4th line and give the line 6-8 minutes.”

    If I’m not mistaken, isn’t Moore a winger?

    And Salty, I don’t mind you being negative or even realistic in your eyes (some things you say I do definately agree with), but just don’t try telling people that they are believing whats fed to them. Its possible that just like you have one view of something, other people see it completely differently and it has nothing to do with the team and announcers “feeding” it to them. Thats the only issue I have with your arguments is that you constantly say people are being tricked into liking things about this team when its not the case.

    My opinion on Drury is that hes overpaid because Sather gave him that money. Its not his fault the guy wanted to pay him 7 mil. Hes actually playing to his average season right now. Hes good for 25 goals and 60 points every year. Gomez is good for around 65 or 70 a year although I think with the proper winger next to him, he could hit 80+ again. I just think people are complaining about them being not worth the money when its not even their fault. If someone came to you and said, “hey we’ll pay you 7 mil so you can do what you’ve done your whole career” wouldn’t you take it? So thats what they are doing. Putting up their average, even slightly above average numbers, and being paid more for it because the GM wanted to give them the money.

    Drury isn’t worth it, but the guy is leader material just based on what he does on the ice. Hes not all that vocal, but he does everything. He fights, hes wins faceoffs, he blocks shots, plays defense, scores goals, and does just about everything else it takes to win. If you wanna go by numbers, pretty much Mark Messier should’ve have been our captain when he came back because he was putting up awful numbers. Its just not a good argument.

  20. While I don’t disagree that our POSITION makes us a mediocre team, *we are right there in points with every other team in the race* Does 4 point really separate mediocre from great? Are Detroit and SJ really the only ‘non-mediocre’ teams in the entire NHL?? 2? MTL is mediocre, but overacheiving.

    …….

    …again with the numbers with you… exactly, we are right there in the rat race in a weak division/conference, where its still really anybodies to take. we’re not on an upswing. we’re just *another* one of the teams a few points out, which is cool and all until you consider what we have on our bench and you relize… oh..they relatively suck if/when really *think* about it with a brain. They should be much, much, much higher in the standings than the NEW JERSEY DEVILS, let alone everyone else. That’s the most upsetting thing about pissing this season away so badly…it would have been a pretty damn easy season to take the Atlantic & Eastern Conf if you had a little bit of talent and desire… really not much strong competition out here in the grand scheme of things. However, some people are more willing and able to judge their team based on how other teams are doing, regardless of the *potential* of their own team.

    “everyone in that locker room knows it too.”
    Really? When did they say this to you?? And why didn’t you tell us before? How did Sam not get this scoop?

    ….

    They’ve *only* said it to me about 76 times this year. Even if a win, you can tell it more often than not feel into their laps. It’s been a rarity to see this team “dig deep”, and I really don’t think/expect that to be a big part of their gameplan going forward.

    I don’t know what you were saying about Renney. I think he’s been forced to use his kids. That wasn’t my point regardless. My point was you usually talk about how great you think he is, and the great strides we’ve taken with him, and that brings me directly back to the point you made about our rookies… “we’ve starved so long that a nice crust of bread starts to look like a feast”. Tom
    Renney is NOT the real deal, and the truth is that he has played a large role in helping piss away what will probably end up having been our “best chance of a season” in a long, long, long time.

  21. I knew you were going to use that “76 times” crap. What a load of sh-t. That’s why I phrased the question the way I did. I can only assume that you don’t follow the rest of the nhl as close as you do the Rangers. NO TEAM HAS BEEN CONSITENT THIS YEAR?? So inconsistency means no desire?

    As far as “what we have on the bench”, I think you forget that Jags and Shanny are well past their prime. The reality is clear with what we’ve seen this year from those two…they’re they’re washed up. Whereas a team like Pitt have a core of guys all about to enter their prime. The Atlantic is the furthest thing from ‘weak’. The Devils have one of the top 3 goalies of all time. And as long as he’s lacing them up in NJ, they’ll never be a contender.

    And from a conference standpoint, the west has 2 good teams. The rest look like the east. Actually a bit worse.

    Look, you like to be miserable and trash the team and be upset after wins. Whatever, you can do as you please. You should only be so lucky to enjoy them as much as I do. Anything short of the Cup and you’ll be able to say “I WAS RIGHT”. That’s what’s most important here. Isn’t it?

    Not even touching the Renney thing. We were on different wavelengths with the thought, and we’ve beat that dead horse repeatedly. When he’s on top of the Rangers all-time win’s list, I’ll be the one laughing last.

  22. If Moore was our “savior” or setting the Wolfpack on fire he’d be here. But he’s not…
    It’s the same sh%t all the time…
    Renney is not a good coach, not the real deal blah blah blah
    we should have Moore here…blah blah blah
    Malik fault…blah blah blah
    Backmans fault…blah blah blah
    Drury is overpaid…blah blah
    like a broken record…
    Prucha should be on the PP…blah blah blah
    don’t you guys have anything new to say…

  23. Staal Wart

    Lets say Gomez and Rozi return to the lineup tomorrow. What would you do for two PP units?

  24. Out of curiosity Salty –

    1.) Who would you want as a coach?
    2.) Have you ever played? If so, what was the highest level you reached?
    3.) Are you anything other than a fan (meaning you write for the Times, you’re best friends with three players, etc.)?
    4. ) Based on your logic, who isn’t in deep sh*t in the Eastern conference?

  25. I think people just need to get over the fact that the powerplay isn’t good. No matter who we put out there, its just not going to work. If it means we lose in the 1st round, then so be it, but we don’t have a good powerplay. Nothing you can do at this point will fix it.

  26. Johnny – I was thinking of something along those lines the other night. We shouldn’t be approaching any different than even strength.

    If we were to just approach it as regular 5 on 5, and play the way we always do, we would probably have more sucess. It would just open up more ice, and give the opposition less opportunity to clear the puck. Does that make sense?

  27. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I think the biggest problem with the powerplay is that it’s not dynamic. Shanahan doesn’t try to move too much and Jagr waits by the glass. Recently, I’ve noticed Jagr and Dubinsky both making errant blind passes to places where there isn’t a player and the main reason is because the other Rangers are being covered and none of the Rangers are moving.

    I don’t see a reason to try a kid PP line, Callahn-Dubi-Dawes with Backman and Mara (or even Rozsival) at the point. It will help change up the stagnancy of what they currently do.

  28. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Beer Me!, my buddy suggested we do as they do in Football and start declining powerplays – we’d be better off. I then suggested that was “equalize” them if they won’t allow us to decline them…but last night showed the Rangers 4 on 4 ability (another example of how they lack dynamic players, except probably Gomez and Jagr when he really really tries).

  29. truefans – If only, eh?

    Moving is #1. No cycle = no success.

    I notice Backman sneak down into the slot last night looking for a feed, but never got it. Much to his credit, he didn’t waste any time getting back to the blueline. I remember Rozy doing that a few times earlier in the season, and Malik too, but he just doesn’t have the legs to get back if the pass goes through him.

  30. Even if we win the Cup this year Salty will still say “We played like crap, what a waste of a season, Renney Sucks!”

  31. Too much hesitation from the points on the powerplay. They wait until the lane is completely blocked. If you watch good powerplay units they time things. As the puck goes back to the point someone is setting up in front for a deflection/screen. The Rangers DON”T move around! Half of their powerplay is spent trying to set up Jagr or Shanny for his one-timer. That’s ok if you then move to the front to make something out of it but thats not the norm.
    Someone said shots from the point are a bad idea because it is a low percentage shot. I think that is BS, A Quick shot from the point has a lot more chances than passing around the perimeter until it is taken away. I’ve seen a ton of goals start from point shots this year.

  32. Jay,
    if I ran the PP these would be my 2 lines…
    Bear in mind I usu. don’t do “suggest” lines because it means nothing…Renney is the coach…I trust him and believe that no matter how smart I may think I am or how much hockey knowledge I have…He has a lot more…

    My first pp unit
    Callahan-Drury-Dawes
    Staal-Mara

    my second pp unit
    Prucha-Dubinski-Gomez
    Tyuts-Rozi

    Thats right…no Jagr, no Straka

  33. Who Needs Lohan on

    “That’s the most upsetting thing about pissing this season away so badly”

    Did I miss something Salty? Im confused here. Is it July? Did San Jose already win the cup. Did we lose in the playoffs? Did they even start? My calendar still says March 26th. So unless something different is going on that I dont know about, WTF are you talking about? The reg season means SH!T dude, it means nothing. All you have to do is be in the top 8 in your conference, stop shaving and let the real action start. So basically, EFF U man! What are you smoking? Let me give you my address so you can send me some of that stuff, its clearly better than what my guy brings me!!!

  34. I agree with the Kid PP line as well
    Why not try it?

    THAT is really my least favorite thing about Renney.

    If the PP sucks for this long, anything else can only be better. And to Salty and everyone else who are gonna say “you cant not play your HOF players, your big contracts and big guns”
    THEY have’nt done shiit.And have scored even less!

    Again whats the absolute worst that could happen, they don’t score on the PP. Big change from what it is currently doing.

    I would even love to see this

    1st PP – JAgr, Shanny, Dury (or Gomer), Girardi, Mara
    2nd PP – Cally-Dubi-Dawes, Staal, Rosi

    At Least we get one top notch veteran passing PP and one Greenhorn quick with lots of shots PP

  35. Who Needs Lohan on

    Real fans wear RW&B (or something like that) wrote….”Beer Me!, my buddy suggested we do as they do in Football and start declining powerplays – we’d be better off.” I always think that! Very funny stuff. Sometimes when there is a no call and the MSG crowd start whining I kinda chuckle to myself thinking, do we really want the man advantage???

  36. Yeah I said I was upset about the 4th line playing too little. I made a good point and you made your typical douchebagish comment. I’m right and your wrong thanks for playing though.

  37. Staall Wart

    I like Renney for the most part. He has the inside info and all that. I was just trying to “talk” about something and not argue who is right or who is smarter…

    Anyway – I was thinking no Jagr or Straka either. I also noticed you didn’t have Girardi on either unit. How come?

  38. Let me explain my PP units further
    Callahan is a R handed shot…and Dawes a lefty good for one timers and Drury also fires the puck…Dawes would shoot or feed Drury
    I like Staal because he does an excellent job of keeping the puck in the zone and pinching he also has a decent shot and if he’s gonna be the star we want he should learn to be on the PP
    Mara just has a Cannon if only he hit the net

    The same goes for Prucha who is a righty and Gomer is a lefty, Dubi could camp out in the crease
    Tyuts also has a good shot and so does Rozi (when he brings it out of hibernation) if Rozi isn’t shooting I say take him out and put Girardi in his spot.

    I like the idea of the wingers being set up for one timers and the handedness matters…

  39. Apparently something is not getting through today. That’s alright, I need to finish up and actually stop ‘coasting’ myself for a bit. And I’m getting wild and despite what you think I don’t want to be too much of an assh0le, or a troll, or an insane Yenner figure.

    However, the “no team has been consistent this year” argument. Good, great, grand, wonderful for those teams. You are correct, I hardly follow around the league. Why do you insist on using what other teams do as THE scale for your own team? I don’t get that. If you had a kid that *should* know how to read, would you think “but but but a lot of other kids can’t read yet either”…? What the hell is that? Maybe that’s why I’m hard on the team, cause I don’t care what other teams are doing, I care about what my team *should* and *could* be doing, and I judge that by watching very closely and recognizing a team that has real desire and thirst, and a team that goes through the motions.

    Then you reference DET and SJS as the “exceptions” around the league … I mean why aren’t you upset that we are not worried *only* about them? They are the cream of the crop? That *should* be our biggest concern. Instead we’re struggling with and losing to *bad* teams down the final stretch. I don’t get it. Y’know you say youd be happy to watch them lose 82 games a year. How is that any different than what I say every single day about how I care less about the outcome than I care about how they play, and that it bothers me to see a team rewarded for less than their best effort? I want to feel like I support a team of hardworkin guys that leave it all on the ice every night. Just about 70 times this year have watched this team take the ice, and like I said, it’s been very rare that I’ve said “that was an awesome effort, I really like this squad, and I like the way things are looking”. You’re telling me thats a load of shit? Come on man, call me negative and miserable all you want, I don’t really think I ask for a lot out of the team. I wasn’t looking for a cup this season, I was looking for a team that would play a really good game every time they took the ice.

  40. I also like the speed at the point in case anyone needs to get back quick. I was thinking Mara needs to get that shot from the point going bigtime. With someone like Drury or Callahan or Prucha near the net, its gotta generate more of a threat.

  41. Btw Star cam on Crosby when it’s obvious to everyone but Buttman and the Network stoodges that Malkin( Ovechkin is already a given) is the far superior player?

  42. “Why do you insist on using what other teams do as THE scale for your own team?”

    B/c you used the word “mediocre”. You can’t be mediocre, if you’re alone.

    “Y’know you say youd be happy to watch them lose 82 games a year. How is that any different than what I say every single day…”

    B/c I’M happy with it. You’re not.

    And as for the rest of it…They were the hardest working team in hockey in ’05-’06. Pretty close to it in ’06-’07. And in ’07-’08 I agree that they’ve lost that ‘edge’. And we’ve all had that conv here before.

  43. Beer
    “And as for the rest of it…They were the hardest working team in hockey in ‘05-’06. Pretty close to it in ‘06-’07. And in ‘07-’08 I agree that they’ve lost that ‘edge’. And we’ve all had that conv here before.”

    I agree with you…mostly
    This season the guys with the “edge” are the young guys. I think the older guys have lost the edge you are referring to and that is why I wouldn’t put them on my PP lines LOL

  44. Explanation Point! on

    Tyutin is losing his job to Mara??? That is like Babe Ruth losing his job to Woody Allen. Rangers management – nothing like it for comic relief.

  45. haha. for all you clueless malik defenders, even renney could see that the big dumb oaf effed up bigtime last night, and renney is demoting him for it. so, the malik critics were right last night, and you tools were dead wrong. even your nearsighted coach could see that.

  46. Who Needs Lohan on

    Salty said “I wasn’t looking for a cup this season, I was looking for a team that would play a really good game every time they took the ice.”

    why the past tense? i just don’t get it. Its March. I root for this team for the June 14ths of 1994, not the March 25th OT losses. Dont get me wrong I am not like most Yankee fans who start watching in September and call themselves fans. I watch 75 or so NYR games a year cause I am entertained by watching my hockey team. But the goal of the regular season is to make the playoffs. And in order to make the playoffs, get what bro, you are judged IN COMPARISON TO OTHER TEAMS IN THE FORM OF POINTS! Top 8 make it, then the REAL season starts. Man you sound like an Islander fan!

  47. “Btw Star cam on Crosby when it’s obvious to everyone but Buttman and the Network stoodges that Malkin( Ovechkin is already a given) is the far superior player?”

    With all thats gone on today, that just might be the biggest joke of a comment I’ve heard today. I wouldn’t call Malkin far superior just because he stepped up when Crosby was out. We still have to see how they both play when they are all healthy. Then you can say who is better than who. Right now based on past history, Crosby is better than Malkin.

    Salty, I agree that they haven’t had that edge this year as well. But I think in a way you have to see what other teams do just to see how they SHOULD matchup with the Rangers.

  48. “Whatever happenned to Isbister?”

    Went to Vancouver.

    “haha. for all you clueless malik defenders, even renney could see that the big dumb oaf effed up bigtime last night, and renney is demoting him for it. so, the malik critics were right last night, and you tools were dead wrong. even your nearsighted coach could see that.”

    hilarious, thats all i have to say about that comment.

  49. Lohan….why do you waste your breath trying to convince Salty to not be so depressed and negative. You are beating a dead horse….

  50. My leak ( or moron )
    I’m assuming from your post that since Renney is my coach and not yours… that you are not a Ranger fan…GO AWAY!

  51. Jagr had a couple nice shifts last nite (and he hit 20 goals, yeha) but shanny didnt look good at all except for that one shot in the third (where he looked offside). i guess its good to try and take a positive out of the power play last nite, but avery and straka should not be out there. avery is gonna be great for spurts and then mediocre, he should not be on the pp. and jonny d, the powerplay could be fixed if Renney and Pearn held the players accountable and put the most deserving players out there. i guess your right in the sense that renney and co won’t do that but its not beyond repair if the coaches and players stepped up and actually changed their style.

    and im a little bit terrified by the thought of Jagr, Shanny and Straka being on this team next year.

  52. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Rozy sat last night, Malik sits tomorrow…Hmmm. Now how do we schedule each of those for the same day? The problem there is that Strudwick then has to play…that’s a tough call. Defensively, the team would be better replacing Rozy AND Malik with better *DEFENSMAN*. There’s no point in having a defensman (#3) who has good offensive ability, at the cost of poor defensive ability, when he doesn’t even use it!

  53. Who Needs Lohan on

    Newman….right you are. It just bothers me so much to think that someone can say that you shouldnt use the other teams in the division as a source of comparison for your own success. That basically is the definition of playoff formulas across all sports. Thats just flat out dumb! So am I trying to convince him to stop being negative or am I trying to just show him that he is a dumbass. Now THAT is the question!

  54. Sam,

    Can you ask Renney why in the world he chooses to break up our top line and put Avery at center? i mean, logic (and maybe common sense) say that you put Straka at center in place of Gomez because they’re both playmakers with speed, and insert Prucha or Sjostrom in for Straka on Drury’s line. Doe Tom Renney over-think every damn thing instead of using the KISS method?

    KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!

  55. BTW…Since when is Sean Avery a “STAR” and what has he done that leads NBC to the conclusion that he gets the stupid Star cam….how lame

  56. you, wart boy, are one of the clueless malik defenders, and that is why you are so p.o’d that the coach (yes, I am a ranger fan, but do not worship Renney like some of you tools do) has kicked you in the posting ass by demoting the czech pylon for crappy play last night after you pretended he played fine. HA

  57. Not sure if it was mentioned, but I just hope that when Sather negotiates with Avery at the end of the year, he has a video of last nights game. Both goals were on Avery.

  58. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    BillyNJ…both goals were on Avery?! Do you mean just the second goal?

    For the first goal, Marek Malik(and Paul Mara for that matter) played some role in the goal…along with Shanahan, who was also on the ice. Mara pinches, Shanahan covers late, Malik watches passes ping-ponged around him. Was Avery covering the LD or RD?

  59. Who Needs Lohan on

    OOPS!!! wanted to say, just checked another blog on LoHud website and guess what, the last post was at 5:01 PM. Reminds me of when I had a clock in my apartment that I couldnt reach. Lets just say that it told the correct time 6 months of the year!

  60. “‘Defensively, the team would be better replacing Rozy AND Malik with better DEFENSMAN” And we can get this defenseman where? I agree with you, but we can’t bench them since we have nobody better than them to fill the spots. Next year sure if we can sign a guy or two, but this year there is nobody that can fill in because the other options will do the same thing.

    “you, wart boy, are one of the clueless malik defenders, and that is why you are so p.o’d that the coach (yes, I am a ranger fan, but do not worship Renney like some of you tools do) has kicked you in the posting ass by demoting the czech pylon for crappy play last night after you pretended he played fine.”

    so it’s maliks fault that we lost is what you are saying? i forgot that one player makes or breaks a game for us when he didn’t even make the mistake.

    “and im a little bit terrified by the thought of Jagr, Shanny and Straka being on this team next year.”

    I can deal with Jagr. I’m not saying I want him back, but if he came back I’d be fine with it since hes committed to playing solid defense for the first time in his career. Plus he’s still dangerous with the puck even when hes not scoring since he can set people up. He does try on most shifts but his performance is largely based on who is up against him. I mean hes 36 so its kinda unrealistic to expect him to dominate every D-man like he used to do when he was younger, especially because now that we’re 3 years post lockout, a lot of defenseman have adjusted to the style of play and can play tough without taking holding or hooking penalties.

    Straka has completely lost whatever stickhandling ability he had and Shanny needs to lace them up just because other than his great shot, hes just taking up room on the ice due to the fact that he can’t do simple things like catching passes.

    to clarify what I mean about the powerplay, I’m saying its too late because they only have 2 weeks to try something new and thats not enough time to teach a new system to these guys and hope it works. I know people say “well it can’t get any worse” which is true, but this is the same system they had all season and it has worked at points so I’m guessing Renney is hoping that it will go back on a hot streak, if you can call it that.

    I don’t think hes the smartest coach in the league, but he knows more about the team and the game than any of us do. Being an NHL coach isn’t as easy as just saying “well the PP doesn’t work so lets throw Dubi, Dawes, and Cally out there and see what they can do”. He has to be fair while also doing whats best for the players and the organization and doesn’t want to stunt the growth of the young guys. Maybe he feels its best for them to stay 5 on 5 instead of getting regular power play time so they don’t get any bad habits. It might not seem like it, but just because we might want him do put a player out there or something like that, there is a reason behind what he does and I’m sure its in the best intentions of the team.

  61. Hey Leaky,
    because you are obviously new here, I must let you know now that I am not the staunch Malik supporter you seem to think I am…
    Earlier in the season I bashed the play of Malik early and often…however as I’m sure you are well aware his play since returning to the lineup has been better than earlier in the season…
    I am also not a “Renney worshipper” I have also commented on some bad coaching decisions I’ve seen this season…
    But your new here so I can’t expect for you to have seen my previous posts.
    I would also have to disagree with Renney’s decision to bench Malik next game…if Gomez and Betts were not injured Avery should be riding pine next game.
    Just want to clear the air leaky…and welcome…

  62. wait wait Johnny D!
    ask Leaky, he knows alot and is not a Renney worshipper so his opinion wouldn’t be biased like all the Malik supporters and Renney worshippers.

  63. Polino should be fired.. the players have had no faith in him for over a year. Pearn should take over as coach.

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