Why Firing Tom Renney Was a Brainless Move by the Rangers

Harrison LastContributor IFebruary 23, 2009

I thought I would put a little fun into my busy day before heading off to biology review and then a calculus exam.

In the middle of my Habitats for Humanity class I received a text message from one of my good friends Chris stating, "Yo they fired Renney and Perry Pearn." I was astonished to hear this and I do not agree with this move. I believe it was brainless to fire Renney, who has led the Rangers into the playoffs for a number of years now. 

I firmly believe that if someone was to be fired it should have been Glen Sather. Sather has been able to bring in free agents, but he does not create contracts wisely.

Four of the current players take up at least 25 percent of the cap space and although these four (Gomez, Drury, Lundquvist, Redden) are supposed to be great players, it takes 22-plus players to win the Stanley Cup. 

If you look at last seasons team, they were extremely good. There top five scorers were Jagr, Gomez, Drury, Shanahan, and Straka. Three of them are no longer on the team. Sather had an opportunity to sign all three, especially Shanahan (who stated that he wanted to play for the Rangers no matter what the price) but signed none.

Signing only Shanahan would have been great for the team.  He is a great leader and a great two-way player who is deadly on offense.   

What really needed to be done to save this team and Renney's job was to trade for a defenseman. Chris Pronger, Ryan Whitney, and Jay Bouwmeester are all available (although I do not believe Florida should trade Jay because of the position they are currently in).

Acquiring one of these top defensemen to a team that is lacking a No. 1 and No. 2 ,defensemen (sorry Staal but you are still doing great!) things could have really changed. Yes, Redden is supposed to be their No. 1 defenseman, but he has not even come close.

To sum it all up, Renney should have stayed, and a trade for a No. 1 defenseman should have taken place and if not it should have been bye bye Sather.