After a 5-2
victory on March 18 against Toronto, Renney gave the team the next day off.
When a Rangers official casually asked Jagr how he would be spending his break,
he replied, "Going to the [practice] rink and skating." When the
official ventured that Jagr, who gets 22:02 of ice time per game, fourth among
NHL forwards, might benefit from a rest, Jagr replied, "Do you want to go
one round in the playoffs? Or would you rather go three or four?"
His might be a
Panglossian optimism considering New York's middling defense, its inexperienced
third- and fourth-liners, overburdened goalie Henrik Lundqvist's recent
hip-flexor injury and the Rangers' seven-year unscratched playoff itch. The
team's 9-10-4 record since the Olympics--worst among the 16 playoff
teams--suggests that the law of diminishing returns might have already affected
them, but in New York, the law is an ass.
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