Posts Tagged ‘Callahan’

Tom Renney reads Rangersin08

December 18, 2007

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.”

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Two forwards coming back, who will sit?

November 16, 2007

With Martin Straka and Ryan Callahan coming back, hopefully soon; barring further injuries, who are the odd men out?

I nominate Ryan Hollweg to be the first, simply because I’ve never been a fan of his. As for the second? Well, I love Callahan, but he’s produced one point in eight games this year and isn’t quite the defensive player some of the other guys are. Maybe he’ll go to Hartford for a few games?

Your thoughts, viewers?

Dawes in the Doghouse?

October 27, 2007

Rangers fans are undoubtedly excited over their beloved team’s recent victory over the rival New Jersey. This feeling of elation can lead to a suspension of rational evaluation of the performance of the players.

Nigel Dawes scored two goals yesterday, leading the team to a 2-0 victory. On closer examination, however, this may be an indication of a serious problem: Nigel Dawes is a selfish player.

Take a look at his career statistics:

Games: 12

Goals: 3

Assists: 0

Numbers do not lie, and in Dawes’ case, the numbers reveal a selfish puckhog unwilling to pass. And some members of the Rangers’ coaching staff are taking notice.

“Yeah, Dawesy has got to pass the puck more. Look at guys like Shanny and Cally. They’re great goal scorers, but they’ll still dish the puck to their teammates,” said coach Tom Renney, revealing both his displeasure with Dawes and his proclivity for astonishingly predictable nicknames for his players.

The assistants were more blunt. Mike Pelino said that Dawes was “a selfish player.” Perry Pearn claimed that Dawes “is thinking only of statistics. He should help out his teammates.”

Renney suggested that Dawes try to emulate fellow Ranger Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky has never scored a goal, preferring to share the puck, as illustrated by his assist.

Selfish teams are rarely successful, and it only takes one bad apple. Look at the numbers. Nigel Dawes is that bad apple.