Its not signs of growing pains. You guys are overrating the value of getting pts during stretches of the regular season something tremendously.
Just one fact:
-We are not nearly looking as good as NJD did durint the regulars season of the 09-10 season, the 08-09 season, the 07-08 season.
Like, wow, we have a deep team, work hard, and is a mediocre team in a weak division. All this while our homegrown players are just entering their prime -- while still being cheap. We are at the same stage this year as Chicago was last year, our kids can play, but are still so cheap that we can surround them with older players that costs a lot.
A lot of things needs to be improved on this team for us to even become a solid top 4 in the East, let alone a contender.
I am sorry, I am hardly content with where we are at. And at this place, we are definitely in one of those phases, like the one we had early last season when people thought we were a contender, and one which we will look back at in the near future saying -- "what the F were we thinking?"
I want to make sure I'm understanding you here:
- the 35 games of the season thus far is just a phase? If so, are sating there's only approx 2 phases in a season? Also, is having only 3 game losing streak during that 'phase' just getting points in 'stretches'? Seems like a weird way of evaluating a season but to each their own....
- I don't know about your comment regarding previous Devs teams, personally I'd say this team is better set-up for play-off hockey than those NJD teams were, and if the Rangers can get out of the 1st round I'll be correct.
- the 'mediocre team in a weak division' is just crap. A division with Philly and Pens can't be mediocre, they are 2 of the favourites for the cup. Even if you say the NYI and NJD cancel them out, the fact that the Rangers are firmly planted in the top 8 means the division is average at worst.
- The well away from top 4 I agree with, but compared with where most people on this board thought we'd be during the off-season (and I have this idea that you were one of them, but I might be wrong) they are doing well. People on here were saying that only gabby and Lundy would prevent this team from picking top-5. Through almost half a season that has proven to be completely false. Yes, there is still along way to go but thus far your post seems very strange to me.