Thursday, February 26, 2009

Reading Between The Blue Lines

John Tortorella has stressed that no player on the New York Rangers should blame Tom Renney for their failings. However, after last night’s game he lamented the team’s lack of conditioning and wondered if they were in good enough shape to play the up-tempo style that he wishes to deploy.

Meanwhile, Tom Renney sat down in an exclusive with Larry Brooks of the New York Post – does any other hockey writer ever outscoop this guy? – and made some interesting comments about the team’s leadership. Basically, Renney said that it may have been too much for the team to lose veterans like Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan.

Renney said that losing Shanahan was his fault, while Jagr’s was more of an economical move. Renney tried to stress that he wasn’t cutting down the leadership abilities of Scott Gomez or team captain Chris Drury, but I took away from the interview that he wasn’t too thrilled with Drury as a leader.

The interview is here.

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