Way to go Rangers! Renney takes my suggestion and they roll 4-0 over Pittsburgh!
Tom Renney is an avid Rangersin08 reader, frequently taking into consideration suggestions posted on this blog. Finally, he has decided to put one fo these ideas to use. After the recent post on Brandon Dubinsky’s unreadiness for the first line, he is moving him to a line with Ryan Callahan and Petr Prucha.
“Certainly, as an NHL coach, you want to be open to new ideas,” Renney told Newsday reporter Matt Teaux. “I look at blogs, newspaper articles, anything to stimulate new combinations and chemistry.”
Renney said that Rangersin08 is his favorite blog. “What Rangersin08 has done is establish themselves at the forefront of fan blogs with their intelligent ideas. They are devoted Ranger fans, and Ranger fans are the best fans in the world.”
Renney criticized the frequently anti-Sean Avery stance of Ortie41, one of the Rangersin08 bloggers, saying that Avery is a “great team player with great dedication to the game of hockey,” but understands that intelligent people can formulate different opinions, and that “this is the backbone of a free society.”
I like Brandon Dubinsky.
He seems like a decent enough guy. He’s tough and gutsy. By all accounts, he works hard and is coachable. But he’s not ready for the first line!
I can’t believe Tom Renney hasn’t noticed this. It’s apparent to all who watch the Rangers. He’s played 32 games for the team, scoring three goals, recording five assists, and has a -7 rating. That doesn’t cut it for a first-liner.
Dubinsky may mature into a top-six forward some day, but right now, the Rangers would do best with him in the role in which he started the season – fourth-line center. Otherwise Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka might just go to waste.
How about putting Sean Avery between them at some point?
The Rangers’ scoring woes have been much-documented this year. But surely none have cited the utterly frightening statistic which I am about to.
Former 30 goal scorer Petr Prucha and first-line center Brandon Dubinsky are on pace to fall short of the 2001-2002 scoring totals of … Sandy McCarthy.
Yes, that’s right. Sandy McCarthy, the former Ranger enforcer.
While fans were quite fond of McCarthy, they did not generally expect him to use his hands for scoring purposes. As enforcers go, he certainly could play, but come on …
While Dubinsky and Prucha are NHL-caliber players, the fact that two players the Rangers are counting on to produce offense are falling so far short of such a low standard is a problem.
Dubinsky, to me, projects as a second-line center if he improves his skating a bit more, but is not ready for more than a third-line role. Prucha needs to get more PP time, preferably on the ice at the same time as Jagr. He has shown that he can be deadly on the powerplay while playing with the captain.
Prucha, at least, should then be able to outscore Sandy McCarthy.
SEE YOU IN 2009!
NYR! NYR! NYR! NYR! OOOOOOOH BABY! The New York Rangers are going all the way this year! For those who have doubting this team after a streak of three poor games….let me say to you, SCREW YOU!! I have believed in this team the whole way even through their drought. The Rangers are the greatest, WE WANT THE CUP!
Finally the Rangers win a game?……………………………………… No. But instead, finally our avatars show up when we post comments.
This season is officially a wash. The Rangers have fallen to become the worst team in the NHL. It’s time to give up the dream of winning a cup this season, it’s just not going to happen. Let’s turn the page and look toward the 2008-2009 season. What will the Rangers do finally get over the hump to win the cup? Trade Lundqvist? Fire Sather? Trade of Michael Nylander? Move to the Prudential Center?
Nashville, Tennessee. Home of the Grand Ole Oprey, Roy Orbison, The Predators, the 2007 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings and now Glen Sather’s footprint.
Rangers General Manager Glen “the savior” Sather (as dubbed by Steve Sommers) has taken over the Major League Baseball winter meetings. Tired of reading the constant rumors about possible trades, Glenn has flown down to Nashville to make actual trades. Within a span of 24 hours Glen has acquired Twins pitcher Johan Santana, Orioles pitcher Eric Berdard, A’s pitchers Dan Haren and Joe Blanton, Marlins’ pitcher Dontrelle Willis and third baseman Miguel Cabrera, Braves outfielder Andruw Jones, Texas Rangers third baseman Hank Blaylock, Blue Jay’s pitcher A.J. Burnett and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers National Basketball Association franchise. And all Sather gave up were much maligned defenseman Marek Malik and up-and-down defenseman Thomas Pock.
It was reported that teams were looking for a deal that included defenseman Paul Mara; but Sather was unwilling to give up the Most Valuable Mara. “What are you f’ing nuts?” Sather asked teams. In addition, Mara has a full no-trade clause.
When asked how he could get so many players for so little, Sather responded by saying, “THATS HOW I ROLL.” Then he loosened his tie, light up a cigar and got into a limousine with country music sensation Kenny Rogers. It was not known where the duo were heading. It is not known how the Rangers can fit all of these big contracts on the current salary-cap.
After today’s dominating victory over the Ottawa Senators, the Rangers showed they are a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.
At this point there is only 1 question to ask: is NYR great or the greatest???