What? Ottawa finished 5th last year with an injury plagued season, when we had our full line up we went on a 11 game winning streak and contending for the North East, now we have the same line up and arguably better with the addition of Gonchar and we some how get beaten by Montreal who squeezed into the playoffs and lost their #1 goalie? Get Real.
I merely addressed the deficiencies of our own team, not even addressing how much better every other team around us got. The future doesn't look too shabby, but we're in for a painful upcoming season.
That's why I just cringe when I see the "a team with Henke and Gaborik on it" posts. They got a career year from Gaborik, and Henke played 70 games last year. That couldn't get them a playoff spot. Too many teams behind them improved, and teams like Philly and Boston, who they were chasing, got better.
I'm okay with some of this...didn't need to overpay for Boogaard, didn't need both Prospal and Christensen, and didn't need to give Christensen a 2nd year. I expect to take lumps this year, and probably next year. Just don't go blowing smoke up my ass about how the organization is excited by what Christensen can bring to the table.
As bad as this team is, I just don't see how we finish near the bottom of the Conference unless Lundqvist and Gaborik miss significant time.
If Drury does not regain his form and Prospal has his "off" season which to me is expected then all it will take is a 5-10 game injury for the Rangers to have them very close to last in the conference.
Are the Rangers really any worse than they were last year, when they missed the playoffs by one point? Of course, other Eastern Conference teams have gotten better, so I see where people are coming from, but I think we'll be a fringe playoff team again.
Are the Rangers really any worse than they were last year, when they missed the playoffs by one point?
Last year was an aberration. Most years the amount of points the Rangers had puts them around 10th-11th in the East. Most of the teams either around the Rangers or better last season got better over the offseason. Hard to see them making much noise consistently but the positive side is that we will hopefully see the younger players play some significant minutes.
I am with the consensus on this one, we not only do not make the PO's this year (if no further roster changes occur) but we are in a position to finish looking at a top 5 draft pick. WE couldn't put together a winning combination of games all season long and at the end we almost pull it out of our butts? We should not have been that close to a PO position. I am more inclined to consider the ending of the season a fluke with an easy schedule. This team falls alittle shorter than last years in terms of personnel.
Remember in Looney Tunes cartoons where they show the temperature rising so far that it breaks the thermometer?
Turn that upside down and thats how I predict this season. I will however enjoy watching the kids play. And I'm not buying the whole as long as we have Hank we'll be a borderline playoff team argument. He's done it for too many seasons in a row now, something's got to give. I'm also leery of Gaborik this season.
What can I say, I'm a pessimist, prove me wrong Rangers. But until then I'm not going to be that amped when we get off to our usual fast start.
It seems the Rangers exceeded expectations for all of us. I predicted us to make the playoffs. Although they were only the 8th seed, they were still impressive with the lineup they had.
How about that Sens fan Afro Thunder? lol I wonder how #13 felt.
It's funny how outraged people were when we got thumped by washington in a 1-8 matchup (no heart or effort!! Torts didn't prepare the team!! ) yet so many (many of the same i'd imagine) had us finishing 11-15 in the standings.