To hear Tom Renney on a conference call just now, it sounds like he has his mind made up on what he wants to do with both his captain selection and his final roster cuts. He just isn’t ready to make those decisions public.
Renney reiterated that he will announce his captain selection before the first Tampa game on Saturday, but that it probably won’t be tomorrow. He was pressed on Chris Drury’s performance since pretty much everyone is now expecting Drury to be the guy to wear the “C”, but the coach didn’t tip his hand.
“Leadership doesn’t fall into the category of one game,” Renney said of Drury, who came up with two huge goals today against Metallurg. “All of us understand his ability to lead, but as I mentioned before, he’s not the only one who can lead this team.”
As for his three remaining cuts, Renney said the past two games didn’t confuse his decisions, but they didn’t clarify anything, either—whatever that means. The most glaring example of where today might have had an impact one way or the other was with Dan Fritsche, who could have been a bubble player before today but who scored a big goal to pull the Rangers back within one.
My guess is that the three remaining cuts are Miika Wiikman, Corey Potter and Brian Fahey, but that’s just one yahoo speculating.
“I know what I’d like to do and I’ll talk to Glen in the morning,” Renney said.