Renney had to go, but so does the captain

BY foxsports • February 23, 2009

That step the Rangers have been missing of late hasn't been missing from the bench. It's been missing from the ice.

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Sure, it was time for coach Tom Renney to go. In the midst of the team's worst road losing streak in four decades, he's had zero ideas for jumpstarting the offense. It's an offense peppered with distinctive talent — Nikolai Zherdev's puck-handling, Markus Naslund's shot, Scott Gomez's speed — but Renney and his staff have found no system, no line combinations, and no set plays to take advantage of any of it.

It's not just about the power play, either — woeful as that has been. It's about game after game, the team taking the ice and doing the fundamentals right by forechecking hard, finishing their checks, and screening the opposing goalie, only to see every offensive rush dissolve into a dizzying and demoralizing display of one-too-many-passes, nothing-but-dump-ins, and — in a new version in Sunday night's game against Toronto — simply leaving the puck tenderly at the foot of the opposing goalie's pads. It sucks the life out of the team, visibly and understandably.

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