I was talking to one of my teachers yesterday who is also a big Rangers fan. I asked him what he thought about the Rangers season and so on and blah blah blah, then I spoke my view on the team. I said that we have 2 elite players and a bunch of third liners and we're best off tanking this season because I find it difficult to believe we'd even make it to the second round, if we even make the playoffs.
He then told me that that's not the direction the team should go and that he thinks the team has enough talent to win it all. What do you think?
I think this team is a long shot, but with Marian freaking Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist, you really never know. Gaborik and Lundqvist are elite, they may not be centers, but they are our Crosby and Malkin. If at anytime both of them go hot during the playoffs, we are going to upset a lot of people. Henrik Lundqvist alone almost single handedly took out the Capitals last season, imagine we had Marian Gaborik scoring a goal every other game in that series as well, we would have downed them in 5.
My point is, it all depends on whether or not Gaborik and Lundqvist play at the top of their game, if they do, we're a tough team to beat.
And the Bipolarness of this fanbase continues. I will put this into legendary words.
Playoffs? PLAYOFFS!? I just want to win a damn game.
Let's make it through the season first before we talk about how far we might go or if we even make it. Because i guarantee the second we go on a three game losing streak (which we certainly will at least one more time) then the tank threads are going to rally up again.
I knew this 4 game streak would mess with people's heads.
Even if (and this is a huge hypothetical) this team somehow found consistency and continued to play a complete game like they did against Florida, made the playoffs... they would probably not make it out of the first round.
This is assuming the roster hasn't changed much after the deadline... anything can happen though.
Can't wait until we play a team like NJ or Washington, who will expose all of the flaws which have been covered up by very good goaltending.
Any actual fan of the team who wants to see this team tank and lose is not a true fan IMO. I want this team to succeed every season and that's exactly what I expect out of them. Despite the fact we haven't made it past the 2nd round more recently, I always feel like we have a shot at the Cup...sure, some teams are better than others, but anything can happen in the playoffs. How can some of you call yourselves Ranger fans and say you want to see your team lose? It's ridiculous.
Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik give us a legitimate chance to go far IF we make the playoffs. If both of them are playing at the top of their games, there's absolutely no question that we will make noise in the playoffs.
Okay we win 4 in a row and there are questions whether we're cup contenders? NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO and NO.
This team is a first round ouster waiting to happen. To avoid that they need to get a higher seed.
Seems like the most recent 3 or 4 games always set the long term expectations around here.
I wish this board could stay level-headed throughout the ups and downs and be able to keep things in perspective.
Lose 4 in a row = Draft lottery
Win 4 in a row = Stanley cup
I was talking to one of my teachers yesterday who is also a big Rangers fan. I asked him what he thought about the Rangers season and so on and blah blah blah, then I spoke my view on the team. I said that we have 2 elite players and a bunch of third liners and we're best off tanking this season...
stopped reading there.
tell you what though... we very nearly knocked out washington last year, and we're a better team this year considering we have gaborik and a serious power play. and nobody can really argue against that. so, you never know. just get in and then we'll see.
Last edited by Kind of Blue: 12-25-2009 at 03:53 PM.