this team should make the playoffs.
there are a few keys to that however:
1. Avery - when he is out of the lineup, we just dont play hard. Fischler called him the MVP of this team and for once, I actually agree with Fischler. Avery works harder than anyone on this team, and he shows no fear. He creates a ton of room for players like Drury by going to the net. Other players feed off Avery. I hate hearing about Sather arguing with Avery over a million or so when it comes to resigning Avery. Hell, I'd give Avery $2.5 or even $3 million and drop Shanny or Straka in a heartbeat.
2. Malik - just STOP playing him. Who cares what he wants or thinks. He is a slow gentle giant who should be traded or put on waivers! Id play anyone, even Strudwick or Pock over him.
3. Consistency - we play well a few games, then have a bad loss and take it to heart and suck the next few games. That doesnt cut it in the NHL. Play the same style every game, play hard within that system, and you will win.
4. SHOOT the puck - its getting ridiculous. Every powerplay we just stand around passing the puck. No one wants to shoot. Thats why our top forwards dont have many goals.
We should make the playoffs this way...but not win the Cup. I hope never season we can drop Straka and Shany and Malik and let the kids play finally...then we have a shot at something special.
remember last season february...13 poionts out of the last playoff spot.. we got on a roll and look we almost made it past the 2nd round, dont panic, the rangers will turn it around after the all star break..its a tradition