Reason for Optimism?
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02-26-2007, 08:13 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Atlanta, B&R in NYC
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Just something interesting I had been thinking about for a while now...
Messier came to NY in 1991-92, already regarded as a Superstar in the league, and had an MVP season in his first year. The Rangers were a huge hit in the regular season, but fell apart in the playoffs.
Jagr came to NY and in his first (full) season, 2005-06, had an MVP-caliber year. The Rangers were extremely good in the regular season, but absolutely fell apart in the first round of the post-season.
Then came 1992-93, which was a disaster for Messier (despite putting up respectable scoring numbers) and the Rangers. Rangers couldn't catch any breaks (i.e. Brian Leetch and the ankle injury), and missed the playoffs. Additionally, the team played their last few games at MSG having to hear boos and jeers from the Garden Faithful, and no one was given more of that treatment than Messier himself.
This year, 2006-07, has (so far) been a huge disappointment for the Rangers. Jagr hasn't been the dominant force he was a year prior, and despite still putting up very good offensive numbers (at least, very good in the assist department), he hasn't been able to lead this team to success. The Rangers, for all intents and purposes, have missed the playoffs. They haven't been able to catch any breaks this year, as just when they have started to play well, they are hit with major injuries (See Shanahan). And now the MSG crowd has started to let Jagr and co. hear it. People are even calling for Jagr, the captain, to be traded.
We all know what happened in 1993-94.
Will it happen again in 2007-08?
Sadly, Jagr isn't anywhere near the type of player Messier was. Add to that the quality that was on that roster compared to this one and it is not even remotely close to a valid comparison.
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