They have so much talent (allegedly) but their offense is stagnant and their power play is putrid.
They are a team of second-fiddles being paid first-fiddle money.
And the retorts?
Renney is a defense-first coach.
This team will win with solid goaltending and solid defense.
Drury and Gomez might not score 25 goals, but they add so much on the defensive end (and gosh, Drury is just soooo clutch!)
Well, the team that gave up 10 goals to Dallas was absolutely abysmal. At one point, Joe Micheletti even called out the Rangers for too much stick-checking and not enough body-checking. Welcome to the 2008-2009 season Joe! I’ve only been saying that all freakin’ year. If Joe notices it, it has to be reallllly egregious.
And that was the effort the Rangers put forth after stinking out the joint on Graves night? THAT was the best they could muster after Renney put the team through a “wake UP people!” puck-less practice??
You could see it in the effort. You could see it in the body language. This team has quit on Renney. Let’s hope they haven’t quit on the season.
In this edition of 5-hole.com Pick ’em, we feature our first ever dueling gimmies. That’s right… I picked the Devils and made them my gimmie, while Eric picked the Blue Jackets as his gimmie. (Note to MSG Plus: we expect a commission for bumping up the ratings for tonight’s game).
At least that’s what Bob McCown of The Fan 590 – Toronto’s Sports Radio – is reporting. Here’s the direct quote from their Twitter: “Bob McCown reports a source close to Mats Sundin says he will sign with the New York Rangers any day now.”
And Sam Weinman is reporting that the Rangers have offered Sundin a “framework” of what could be made available if Sundin selected the Rangers, which as far as I can tell means that the Rangers will be trying to move salaries and give him as much money as they possibly can.
I have a few thoughts on this:
1. The Rangers will have a whole lot of centers and not a lot of wingers.
2. If the Rangers move anyone, it will probably be one of their expensive Defensemen. Rozsival is the most likely to be sent packing, although I suppose Redden is a possibility. I’m not sure what the Rangers can expect in return for Rozy and his -13 plus/minus.
3. This would mean Corey Potter will probably get called up to the big show on a permanent basis. That’s good. It also means that we would be stuck with Kalinin and his -16 for the rest of the season. That’s bad. I was hoping Potter would take Kalinin’s place. It’s still a possibility that the Rangers could just waive Kalinin (and his $2.1 million contract). Dear Glen Sather, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do this. Regards, 5-hole blog.
OK they lost. It was bound to happen eventually. Let’s just move on and see if they can rebound from such a terrible outing.
There are a few roster changes to note:
Stephen Valiquette will get the start tonight to give Henrik Lundqvist a break for tomorrow’s game in Detroit.
Lauri Korpikoski will be scratched with an arm or shoulder injury.
Nigel Dawes and Dan Fritsche will most likely be the wingers on the third line centered by Ryan Callahan.
This would be Ryan’s first game as a Center for the Rangers.
Patrick Rissmiller and Petr Prucha are the healthy scratches.
There will be no changes made to line of Naslund-Gomez-Drury. I think Renney is going to give them 1 or 2 more games before he breaks them up.
Look for fatigue to start playing a bigger role in games. This is the Rangers’ 5th game in 8 nights and is their 7th game of the season. The Maple Leafs are only playing their 4th game of the season and 3rd game in the same 8 days. Their last game was on Monday night against the St. Louis Blues. They lost 5-4 in the skills competition.
Ryan Hollweg will not play tonight as he is serving his second suspension this season.
We are extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Alexei,” Glen Sather said in a statement. “On behalf of the New York Rangers organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family. Alexei was an intelligent, energetic young man, with tremendous talent and an extremely bright future.