Mike Lupica checks in on Ranger coach Tom Renney.
It might not seem like a big deal, but columnists don’t usually talk hockey here.
How about those Rangers, though? They’ve been a real joy to watch. On paper, the team seems very top heavy, with some elite European players and some blue-collar North Americans. But the reality is, there’s a lot of balance among the forwards. A shocking amount of balance. Everyone plays defense and everyone keeps play going in the offensive zone. The team’s big weakness?
An uneven defensive corps. But nothing a veteran defenseman or two can’t help.
This is the first time in years you can talk about the Rangers in the post-season and people don’t look at you like you’re delusional.