That imminent return of Brendan Shanahan apparently wasn’t so imminent. According to Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post, the “Flyers are now wavering over bringing in the soon-to-be 40-year-old wing”:http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20081121/SPORTS04/811210353/1002/SPORTS, especially since the two parties are still a ways apart on salary.
Not only have they won three of four without Shanahan, they are one of several teams skittish about the salary cap this year and beyond. And then there’s the feeling that a presence like Shanahan’s isn’t needed in the locker room (of course, Knuble could be having flashbacks to two seasons ago, and is fearful he and Shanahan will collide during practice and again knock each out cold).
“I totally respect what Brendan can bring to a team and to a (locker) room,” Knuble said. “But I think we grew as a group last year. Would one guy be able to come in and change a lot of things? I don’t know. We don’t have one of those yeller-screamer personalities, but we have guys who step up and say the right things.”
The Rangers are on the ice at 10:30. Three questions of the day: Does Steve Valiquette on Saturday against the Senators? Does Scott Gomez return to the ice with his teammates (he skated on his own yesterday)? Does Tom Renney switch up his combinations after Wednesday or stand pat?
I experienced a moment of solidarity with Gomez last night when I took a slap shot off the ankle in a game. Now I, too, can’t go end-to-end with a dramatic burst of speed.
Sure, I couldn’t do that beforehand, either, but why ruin the story?
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