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01-05-2012, 12:28 PM
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Meh. It happens. Happens in every sport with every team that enjoys success. Heck, prior to 2004 you couldn't find a Red Sox hat outside of Boston and would have been hard pressed to spot one in Boston. One World Series later (talking between 2004-2007) and I've seen Boston gear as far away as Sweden. Same thing with the Phillies.

You're going to see some increase in bandwagon fandom with the success they're having. It's still the regular season though. If the Rangers make it through the first round, I think it will really explode as people who were on the fence figure they're a team that could make a run.

And really what does it matter? It's not like we'll have to really interact with these new fans who don't know names like Kisio, Sandstrom, Sundstrom, Beukeboom...never sat through a million Vanbiesbrouck Volvo commercials...never heard Sam Rosen together with John Davidson...and never saw Leetch/Messier/Graves/Richter play. For those discussions, for those memories, we have our friends and family, both on HFBoards and off.

This team is the youngest in the league, has staying power, and as revealed by the injury-plagued blueliners, has tremendous depth. It's been just short of two decades since Lord Stanley resided in the Big Apple. New York is about to become Hockeytown again. As with pretty much all parties, the more the merrier.

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