Sunday, December 28, 2008
In what I felt was a critical game at this point of the season, the Rangers dropped a 4-2 decision to the much despised New Jersey Devils (Despised or not, they play some solid hockey). It all started wrong for the Rangers with a PP goal against, followed by a shorthanded tally by the Devils (Shorthanded... again?). From there, it was "chase the score" all night long!
Where do we begin with this one? I think I will start with the post-game presser by Coach Renney. Without names being mentioned, he let everyone know that he's not pleased with a certain few. I think we all know who he's talking about... and he's right! The so-called "stars" have not contributed like the Ranger brass or faithful had envisioned. If you, as a fan, believe otherwise - then you can easily be sold some ocean-front land in Kansas City!
When your 6-12 players show more heart and energy night after night (As my former teammate Dave Maloney mentioned) then you got a problem... and it's a big one at that! Along with the usual no scoring was again a lousy PP, giving up another shorthanded goal, and minimal physical play... it just compounds the problems even more when your top players are not playing very good. I heard from people that they want a change in coaching... sorry, but this is not a coaching problem. This is a player problem. No excuses, no stories, no dreams will ever make me believe different. The players got themselves into this, now they have to dig harder and find their way out.
One other thought, I never would have believed this but - Jagr, Shanahan, Straka, and even Sean Avery all look pretty good to me right now. How about you?
Also, I will be away for a while this week doing some more Quinnipiac Bobcat hockey games. The days that I will be doing the games are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Feel free to check out the link below and give the games a listen. Over and out!
» Bobcats Link: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x981.xml