Posts Tagged ‘new york hockey’

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.”


Get Brandon Dubinsky off the top line!

December 17, 2007

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?

C’mon now, this is getting ridiculous.

December 14, 2007

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.