Hi all. It’s Carp again. Thanks for the comments. Glad some of you guys and ladies remember me from yesteryear. I spent a fair amount of time (about 22 years) with the Blueshirts in a previous life.
You’re right about Shanahan. They should have him on ice until Game 1.
Here are some more Renney answers from today’s Q and A:
About the day off: â€œGiving them a chance to regroup a little bit. Weâ€™ve gone eight days without a day off and itâ€™s important to give them chance to take a deep breath and give themselves a chance to focus on their next opponent at their leisure, if you will, and also a chance to give the coaching staff a chance to put some things together to get them ready.â€
He was asked if there could be any surprises since the two teams know each other so well.
â€œWeâ€™ve got lots of things up our sleeves,” Â he smiled. Then he said, Â ”Zero.
â€œWeâ€™ve known each other well, letâ€™s face it. Weâ€™ve played each other eight times, great games. Personally I like coaching against Brent. He keeps me on my toes. He makes me think my way through a game, which is always important for a coach. I like that. But, really, I donâ€™t know that there will be too many surprises in this series.â€
Asked if he could give an example of how Sutter keeps him on his toes, Renney smiled and answered, â€œNo.â€
On what having a hot Jaromir Jagr going into the playoffs means:
â€œJaromirâ€™s played well, for me anyway, the whole season. I think what it translates into for us under these circumstances is a guy that can really get us to where we need to go. Heâ€™s a huge leader on our team and a great, great player in this league, and he will be until he decides he doesnâ€™t want to play anymore, an d the bottom line is he wants to play, and thatâ€™s exciting for All of us because heâ€™s a guy we can feed off of.â€
On whether Gomez is still affected by his late-season injury:
â€œHe would suggest otherwise, but I would say thereâ€™s a little bit of an impact there. Heâ€™s not exactly where he wants to be as a player, but this is Scott Gomez at the most important time of the year and for him the most fun time of the year. I know we can count on Scotty Gomez to be a great player for us moving forward and heâ€™ll play a significant role in where we end up.â€
Renney also said he’s glad that Gomez gets booed every time he touches the puck at the Rock.
â€œI think itâ€™s outstanding,” he said. “I love it and I think Scotty Gomez does, too. Thatâ€™s the type of competitor he is. So I donâ€™t think it will faze him one bit. I think itâ€™ll just crank him up.â€
His message to the team, especially the guys who haven’t been through the playoffs much:
â€œFirst of all enjoy it. You know, drink it up, and learn by it, no question about that. Youâ€™re in the lineup, youâ€™re playing for a reason, donâ€™t deviate from what youâ€™ve offered up for us in the first place. Go play and do everything you can with it and what youâ€™re all about to make a difference.â€
That’s it for now. Check out my column tomorrow in The Journal News and LoHud.com.