Until the Blog crashes again, a few quick updates:
<li>How does a coach react when the living legend goalie in his division is now on the shelf for the next four months? Actually more to the point, how does a coach react publicly* when said goalie gets hurt?
(*Because for all we know Tom Renney was doing cartwheels when he heard the news about Martin Brodeur. Probably not, actually, but I’m happy to at least provide you with the image. Can Renney do cartwheels? Does anyone do cartwheels beyond the age of 9?Â If an NHL coach is caught doing carthweels behind closed doors, does the league have to intervene?)
“Itâ€™s unfortunate,” Renney said. “It’s too bad. You want to see the best players in the game playing obviously. We all have a lot of respect for Marty and what he’s done and we want to see him get healthy. But in the meantime, let’s make hay.”
In reality, I really don’t think the Rangers look at these sort of setbacks for other teams as anything more than background noise. It might make their jobs easier next Wednesday when they face the Devils. But it would also make a loss that more difficult to stomach.
<li>If we’re in agreement that neither Dan Fritsche nor Petr Prucha have exactly distinguished themselves so far this season, it’s fair to ask if the two players have been given the opportunity to do so. With Prucha’s reinsertion into the lineup, neither player has played more than two games in a row so far, but Tom Renney said that’s because neither player has made enough of a mark.
“If somebody’s locked in, they’ve nailed it and I’m happy with that,” Renney said. “In the meantime that hasn’t been the case.”
Curiously, Renney reintroduced Patrick Rissmiller into the conversation about possible lineup selections. The winger was put through waivers nearly two weeks ago, but is eligible to be put back in at the coach’s discretion.
“It certainly has crossed my mind of late,” Renney said. “Heâ€™s a good player and he can skate. I think there will be a time when weâ€™re fortunate we have him.”
<li>The Captain is in the building. Mark Messier was buzzing around downstairs…
Update, 6:57 p.m.: A late arriving crowd, which one would have to assume is related to people heading to the polls after work. C’mon people, priorities. You’ll get another chance to vote in four years…
Update, 8:29 p.m.: Just think, you’ll be able to tell your kids you saw the game that began Joey MacDonald’s improbable march to the Vezina Trophy. At this point, it’s hard to say if the Islanders goalie is playing as well as the numbers suggest, or if the Rangers are simply making him look this good.