You know that although we have had alot of changes in our system and at times have looked lost and ut of place(see debbies game last night) we have to be excited for not only this season but also for the next 5 years. u could think about it that we have no chnce with the cup this year and with the east being as strong as it is, and we dont have a Malkin Crosby or ovechkin , we might not make the playoffs, and u would give yorselfs heart attacks
Thonk about it this way for a second tho:
1)We have a plethora of leaders that know how to win( see Drury, Gomez, Redden, etc.)
2) We have alot of young players that will not only make an impact this year but in the next few years, such as Dubinsky, Callahan, Dawes, Korpikoski, Sanguinetti, Anisimov, Chereponov, Fricshe, even Prucha, Hank is still only 26, Potter, and remember Zherdev is only 23 and we treat him like he is a 10 year seasoned vetern like Redden.
3) Like it or not, in the next few years, we WILL have an elite defense. ELITE. Sanguinetti, when he lear s to play better D in the AHL, will be a pp force. Potter looks like a diamond in the rough, Girardi is underrated, Rosizval and redden are leaders to help these young guys, Del Zotto is still young and looked in place in training camp. Did i even mention Staal, who is going to be a hell of a player, if he is a shutdown D or/and a Chris Pronger type player.
4)We are going to have Hank for a while. While many teams may have good players, there goaltending is very inconsistant. Hank may have lapses, but when you need him, he is always there to make that big save. When your a Vezina trophy candidate for 3 years straight, that says something not about the goaltending but the system that he has played in.
We may not be a playoff team or maybe we are but the point is it is preseason. The people who need the job will obviously compete the hardest, cuz i know that this team is better then that. just be happy that Glen Sather did something we havn't done ever: Actully have a farm system that works!
I totally agree with you on these four major points that you made. We definately have the talent to be a playoff contendor. As Drury stated, the Rangers have not had much of a chance to be together because the team was split into several squads. It just might take some time to find the right line combos and chemistry, we saw that last year.
i agree.....the amount of young talent the rangers has is crazy.....the one thing i see missing is a true forst-line goal scorer but those can be found by pure luck(look at st. louis with boyes).....zherdev to me looks like a steal even if he doesnt score this season....the kid is amazing with the puck and seems to really want to prove his critics wrong....
i'm thrilled about the future of this franchise, not so optimistic about our chances this year though.
we'll be winning cups when the faces of our team are dubinsky and staal, not drury and gomez.
but in order for them to reach their true potential and beyond you need players like drury, gomez and redden to teach them techniques and tricks of the game.....plus the fact that a team led by all young players wouldnt win and you have the main reason for the signings
Its nice to finally see a positive thread on the Rangers. Everything mentioned is so true except dont count us out for the playoffs. I think this new team fits sooooo much better with Renneys system (a system that worked well with players that didnt fit so much).
We are in for an exciting season and an exciting future!!!
Its hard to make a distinction of what this team is going to be just by looking at one game with a full squad.
Though you have a gut reaction that this team isnt going to be as good as last year (and rightly so) there are signs and reasons why you should have patience with this team, give them a 10 games or so. I think thats what its going to take, starting with tomorrow and Wed. Obviously, the MSG announcers (minus Maloney) are pumping up this team to no end. If you listen to Maloney, he has a much more realistic look at this upcoming year and he also mentioned patience.
In the preseason losses, including the Devils on Saturday, the Rangers have been getting below average goaltending. Lundqvist was terrible, Vally letting in bad bad goals. Hopefully that stops, it has to. But the defense hasn't been all that bad. Its the offense that needs to click. I believe it can. There are things I'm seeing from this team that i was dying to see from last years team, mainly getting players and the puck to the net. Thats a very encouraging sign.
I believe that the offense is going to live or die by the powerplay. If the powerplay is in the top 10 this year, it will have a positive effect on the team in various areas. #1, mentally they will have more confidence putting pucks in the net, #2 the fans will be excited instead of depressed when a PP is called, #3 even if they dont score, it could jump start the offense. and #4, maybe the most important thing - it will make the opposition think twice about taking a penalty, and with all the speed out there it will open up the game a little bit more for creativity - similar to what happened in Montreal last year. The threat of the powerplay can do more then the powerplay itself at times, especially on home ice.
But beyond that, this team hasn't been around each other all that much with the split squad preseason. Redden said the other day he didnt see half the team the whole training camp. It might in fact be the best thing for all them to get on that plane and go to Europe, totally removed from what theyve been doing the past 3 or 4 weeks. The guys who are trying to make the team can take a breather, and the veterans can finally prepare themselves mentally for the year. Linemates can talk and maybe figure a few things out. They'll be a few more practices thrown in there as well.
Sadly, I think Lundqvist is going to have a slow start. I just dont see him as sharp as he normally is right now. I pray it has nothing to do with his knees, because if hes not 100% and not playing 100% this team is in a bunch of trouble. But he says its fine so ill find solace in that.
As far as the post goes, I agree, but the Rangers still need that cant miss prospect. I dont think its Cherepanov. They lack that top 3 player that would really solidify their future. But, if they can breed Zherdev into the right player and into the right Rangers culture, he could very well be that guy being only 23. A lot rests on his play this year. If he indeed has a breakout year, things will be a lot easier for this team and youll see a trickle down effect to other players, similar to the effect Henrik had in his first year.
Last edited by HockeyBasedNYC: 09-29-2008 at 10:24 AM.
I've been excited about this season ever since, well, I actually dont think i stopped being excited from the end of last season.
We have a good balance of youthful exuberance and veteran savvy in both facets of the game.
We have a great Goalie and a solid coach who understands that marathon of the season and isnt afraid to be his own person.
We should see lots of balanced scoring and a team that does not rely on a sole person to succeed.