Alas, dear readers, this is another one of those games when if all communication should cease after a certain point, I would look no further than the offering in the press room dining room.
A smart man would probably avoid it altogether. I have never claimed to being all that smart. Plus, I’m really hungry.
As for news, see the below post for the lineup changes. As Tom Renney said earlier, the moves were in large part about ways to counter the Ducks’ size, which might make sense when it comes to taking out Petr Prucha, but less so with Lauri Korpikoski.
I asked Renney if, six weeks out from the trade deadline, this is one of those games where the Rangers might be able to better identify their needs. Renney said that it wasn’t, that the trends by now are already apparent. But I would think that a game like tonight could underscore how the Rangers’ lack of size up front could be something the team sees it needs to address down the road.
(Of course, I say that, and yet the Rangers also played one of their better games of the season against the Ducks last month, and size wasn’t much of an issue — particularly when Nigel Dawes went around Chris Pronger like a pylon).
Meanwhile, while on the subject of the trade deadline, Renney was asked what role he has in personnel moves, This is a topic that is addressed every once in a while, and the coach always strikes the note, that he’s fortunate to have a voice, but doesn’t get final say.
“He’s been good,” Renney said of Glen Sather. “He talks to us coaches. It hasn’t been part of the covneration. We talk about our roster and how guys are playing and how we can fix our game. But when it comes down to personnel or who’s doing what out there, we pay attention tho the league and our prospect. But until such time when someone else is bringing it up, our concentration should be on our team.”
If you can’t get enough of me — and I’m pretty sure you can — I’ll be on the radio after the second period with Dave Maloney.