On a snowy Sunday morning, with the driveway and front walk still to be shoveled and plowed here at Festivus Blog HQ:
I’m sure a lot of you guys are back off the ledges, and some are still not convinced, and there should be much confusion still about your favorite team.
But I find this little stretch kind of fascinating, not so much because of Tortorella’s benchings and such, but because of his declaration that Glen Sather is aboard with the idea of no “entitlement” based on contract or experience for the veteran players, and much more grace for the young kids.
I find it interesting (and hard to believe) that Sather and his boss are OK with their $6.5 million defenseman not playing, and their $7.05 million captain centering the fourth line and killing penalties. Because that can’t be a good reflection on the guy who, you know, signed them to those contracts.
I find it interesting (and somewhat confusing) that they are going to live with the young guys’ mistakes, and yet Matt Gilroy, Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen are on and off the Hartford shuttle.
And I certainly don’t think Tortorella himself deserves anything close to straight A’s for his part this season, but if he’s true to his “entitlement” speech, than I’ll be very impressed.
Performance-wise, the two straight wins were hardly convincing, coming as they did against two lousy, struggling teams; the second one stolen by Henrik Lundqvist (who, Tortorella said after Saturday’s game, will start the last two games before Christmas break; the sked gets crazy starting Dec. 30, and he will need days off).
But wins are wins, and the Rangers have a bunch of win-able games coming up still.
Here’s a big trivia question for my Festivus friends: What is the actual date of the Festivus holiday (invented by the prolific Frank Costanza)?
The first to answer correctly gets a hardy shout-out. No cheating.