Mon 18 Dec 2006
While the team has lost a step, it seems that Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t lost a step when it comes to spouting the company line. They were talking about the Rangers not recalling a forward with Cullen and Nylander out of the lineup when they said the Rangers didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t call a player up because the Wolf Pack has played Friday and Saturday and any recalled forward would have been playing his third game in as many days. That would be sound thinking except for the fact Hartford played last night as well! I know it wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make a difference with the Rangers because Tom Renney has virtually forgotten the fourth line Ã¢â‚¬â€œ except for everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“heroÃ¢â‚¬Â Colton Orr and they could have used an extra defenseman with Marek Malik getting hurt. Too bad we dressed Sandis instead of a seventh defenseman . By the way, this was the fifth time that Hartford has played three games over a weekend this season so the experience would not have been a new one.
Note to Sam and Joe: donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pee on my leg and then tell me it is raining. If you have to manufacture a story say something like the Rangers thought Cullen or Nylander would be able to go and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have time to call up a player given the packÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 4pm start time on Sunday.
I know the Rangers are going to a rough spot on their schedule with 10 games in 17 nights, battling a nasty flu bug (notice athletes never get the sniffles), and are running into a stretch of injuries of late, but I hate it when announcers, players, coaches, team officials use it as an excuse. Perhaps the Rangers would have been in better position to combat these problems if they were running four lines game in and game out.
All teams in all sports go through the exact same thing at various times during their seasons. That is why it was refreshing to read that Brendan Shanahan would have nothing to do with making excuses. The bottom line is the Rangers forgot that disciplined hockey and hard work are the building blocks to winning hockey.
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