Flyers hedging on Shanahan

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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.”

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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?

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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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  1. i guess the reason the old school ranger fans are the ones calling out renney, is that we have seen it before. we can tell when a team and coach have the goods and when they are fake. this team right now is fake. dont care what the record says. the coach does not have what it takes to take the team to the next level, and the team has 3 major holes in it. no power play QB, no power forward, and no physical DMAN.

  2. REPOST

    I think ALL Ranger fans want perfection out of them. The bigger the wins, the better the play, the better the record, AWESOME… But let’s be honest, out of the teams that have been around a while, the Rangers haven’t exactly been real successful.

    Renney’s a decent coach. I don’t think he’s the next Bowman, I don’t think he’s horrible either. And he’s (I believe) the 5th winningest coach in Rangers HISTORY. 3 years to match almost 80 years of history.

    We’ve had 1 Cup in most of the posters’ lifetimes (apologizies to those of us in their late-60s and past). I think I can speak for all (hopefully) of us when I say that we’re Ranger’s fans because we’re FIERCELY loyal, and maybe a touch too stupid to jump ship.

    That being said, I’m one of the “optimists” on the board. When I look into the history of the team, its SAD. And if I see them leading the Conference, deserving it or no, I want to be happy. I deserve that. We ALL do.

    We won’t ever be perfect or dominate the league with a dynasty, so enjoy what we got, knowing that it could VERY easily be SOOOO much worse.

    That’s my spouting off for the day. :-)

  3. Now that Shanny passed on a flyer’s contract can a rangers signing be far behind? The passed 10 games tells me (and everyone else) that we need a big time veteren weather it be Shanny or Sundin. Bottom line WE CAN’T SCORE,way to many kids.What happened the other night was bound to happen.
    Just close your eyes for a minute and imagin what it would be like without hank this year.4-15-2 is being kind.
    Let’s offer Shanny the same contract as the Flyers he’d sign today.We need either one of them.
    Defence is another story, to make it a short one WE NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Hey, some perspective from Jeevery! Thanks man, it’s sorely needed on this blog.

    Also, Sam, I watched the replay of the video chat last night. Great stuff as always. Speaking of perspective, you really offered some to a lot of people on here who keep calling for the benchings of Roszival, Redden, etc. You reminded us, correctly, the veterans AROUND THE LEAGUE are given more latitude than younger players. It’s what they’ve earned as veterans. Now, that’s not to say they’re given a pass, by any means. But it does underscore that veterans should be mature enough to realize their own problems and fix them on their own. Eventually it’s up to the coach to draw a line if a veteran player doesn’t realize and fix his mistakes, but you can’t just make snap decisions and bench certain players. You would ruin a team if you did that.

  5. so it was my birthday last week and I got to my office this morning and there was a bag on the desk with a card. I opened the bag and guess what I got?

  6. I agree, go point Jeever…I too am just enjoying what we have.

    bull dog, Redden was supposed to be that QB on the PP. but so far he hasn’t been. That being said, it doesn’t mean he never will be…I honestly think he has had a hard time adjusting to NY but thats my opinion.

  7. Enough of the Shanny stories for the love of God. Thankfully his career here is over outside of Puckbunny Dr. House nobody cares where he goes. Btw the reason the Flyers are really hedging is they reviewed tape of Shanny’s play in the second half of last year.

  8. Stranger things have happened, BUT I doubt Sather is going to offer Shanny anything.

    He’s gonna await out the Sundin sweepstakes, and if the rumors are true, and He’s looking for a early december return, why wouldn’t Sather wait another week or two?

  9. graves9
    November 21st, 2008 at 10:37 am
    Enough of the Shanny stories for the love of God. Thankfully his career here is over outside of Puckbunny Dr. House nobody cares where he goes. Btw the reason the Flyers are really hedging is they reviewed tape of Shanny’s play in the second half of last year.

    Roflmao!

  10. Renney is the “devil we know” as of right now and thats about the extent of why he’s getting the benefit of the doubt from me at this point here. I admit I wouldn’t feel comfortable swapping in anyone just to change it. I would take Ted Nolan in a heartbeat if he was willing.

    Say whatever you want, The guy basically has a winning record because of Lundqvist and the new rules, not because he’s a genius.

    “We’ll be fine”

    Question:
    Were the Rangers fine, after blowing a 3 goal lead to start the 2nd round vs PIT?

    That comes from *squandering* 82 games. 82 games.

  11. Staal Wart
    “so it was my birthday last week and I got to my office this morning and there was a bag on the desk with a card. I opened the bag and guess what I got?”

    –Rozis head? LOL

  12. Rob C

    “Eventually it’s up to the coach to draw a line if a veteran player doesn’t realize and fix his mistakes, but you can’t just make snap decisions and bench certain players. You would ruin a team if you did that.”

    Well, I think we are well on the way to ruined team already, since the first time when Renney benched Z and Dubi they’ve been playing like crap… it was a wrong move. As someone mentioned here on the blog the other day that Renney might prepare the team for the game well but he completely mismanages the team during the game…

  13. Staal Wart — I agree I think, or at least I hope, Redden comes around to QB the PP… more importantly, what was in the bag?

  14. CCCP –

    I don’t think you can judge those moves yet. You have to look at younger players through a broader lens.

    Plus, Zherdev came back from the benching, scored in the shootout, then was arguably the Rangers’ best skater on Wednesday night. So to be quite honest with you, you’re wrong…I think it was the right move to bench Zherdev because he responded well.

    Give Dubi a couple more games…he might just be in a slump…it happens to everyone.

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