There is a point when all conversations about an upcoming game become hopelessly redundant. The Rangers probably reached that point a few days ago.
“We’re done talking, and you guys seem done asking,” Brendan Shanahan said. “We’re ready to get playing.”
The week-long gap between the first and second rounds is the exact same gap as last year (in fact, the exact same dates apply. April 18 was the last game against Atlanta, and April 25 was the first game against Buffalo).
For some reason, this week seems longer. Shanahan was right: The Rangers are ready to play, and the writers—myself certainly included—are probably ready to write about an actual hockey game. I’m sure you as fans feel the same way.
“I thought it was pretty interesting, especially the fact that they went and got (Adam) Foote and (Peter) Forsberg back. I thought maybe Detroit would maybe try to swing a deal for me and Larry Murphy,” he said.
“I’ll watch a little bit, but it’s kind of in the past and I don’t really focus on that anymore. What everybody forgets about our rivalry with the Avalanche 10 years ago is that we were usually No. 1 and 2 in the league. Everybody talked about how much we hated each other and how dirty the games were and that was all true. But what made it most interesting was it was the two best teams in the league trying to do that to each other.”
That’s an exclusive right there….