In this post I’m not necessarily going to break the game down for you, but basically go through the thought process that I’ve been experiencing all day. Trying to figure out what the rest of the season for the Rangers is going to be. Trying to figure out where this team is going and if they’re going to be fortunate enough to play in the second season.
Initially after last night’s game was over I lost it. And by lost it I mean I just didn’t care anymore, I really didn’t. All emotional ties were gone and I was actually able to spend a pleasant evening despite the Rangers loss, which usually has a hand in affecting how my night post-game will go. But the saddest thing about that, is that there was no sadness. A Rangers loss, hell, a crushing Rangers loss and my emotions were just so even keeled it was hard to deal with. After the sad realization that I didn’t care came over me, I reverted to my true form…pessimism and cynicism.
The pessimist in me kept reminding myself that the Rangers only have 3 regulation wins in their past 20 games. Their record in those games? 7 (4 shootout wins) – 12 – 1. That record isn’t going to take you anywhere. It didn’t take me long enough to realize even further that we’re all fans of a team that has won one cup in it’s past 71 years of existence. Rooting for a team that has had a GM for the past 11 years, under which the team has never advanced passed the second round of the playoffs and has only made the playoffs four times. Not a promising resume for a guy who seems to have the most job security in the world. Everyone make it known that I’d kill for Sather’s job.
After realizing how much of a downer that thought process was, I reverted to reality. The reality that the Rangers are coached by a guy who took over the coaching position from Renney when the team looked exactly as it did last night. Yet, we never here of Torts or Sullivan being on the hot seat. Coming up to the remaining 16 game sprint to the playoffs with the Rangers seemingly writing their own fate of missing the second season for the second year in a row, Tortorella seems to have finagled in some way the same job security that his boss has. I’m starting to think that the Knicks trading for Anthony and Billups and the success that they’re going to be achieving very shorty has seemingly made Dolan forget that he owns another team. One that’s struggling mightily right now. Remember everyone, Renney was fired when the Rangers were 31-23-7, over a clean .500 (losses + OT losses < Wins). Today the Rangers are 33-29-4 a .500 team clinging to a playoff position.
Continuing on the rate of realism I tried to take an objective view of the Rangers. The view that shows in those same 20 games that I’ve been referencing the Rangers have scored an average of 2.4 goals per those games (not including the goal added to the final score because of winning the shootout). 2.4 goals a game from this team in a span where they’ve gone 7-12-1 and I’ve seen the blame fall on the goaltending. No team is going to win games consistently scoring at that kind of clip. Plus what else do you want Lundqvist to do? He can’t cross check people to get them out of the way to see the shots. He needs the Dmen to step up for him and let him see shots. He needs Gilroy to stop being a girl, grow a pair and maybe a brain while he’s at it, and play like an NHL defender.
That being said, if you’re an aspiring hockey player, male or female it doesn’t matter, Matt Gilroy should be your ultimate role model. If He has a job in the NHL, so can you. At least this is his last season on Broadway, because if Sather qualifies him at over what he’s making right now due to his RFA status…well…that could be it for me as a Rangers fan until Sather is gone.
As for optimism, well, excuse me for avoiding this section of the post for now. I’m still optimistic that the Rangers are going to make the playoffs, funny because I was sure they’d make the playoffs last season too.
I just don’t understand how a team like this can allow itself to miss the playoffs. They have a fiery coach with a young and hungry coach to go with it, not to mention their all world goalie. They know they can do it, I know they can do it, and if they start winning again they can put their destiny back into their own hands.
How about a players only meeting? Why not have Avery and Hank, the two guys who always seem to be stepping up call a meeting and get this team back to where they were. If nothing just give them a kick in the ass and let’s go.
No more excuses. A loss tonight to the struggling/rebuilding(ish) Senators and a Hurricanes victory over the Blackhawks would be terrible, almost season ending.
But with 16 games to go, a team with the abilities to get it, let’s stay positive and hope they go get it. There’s nothing we as fans can do but hope.
Puck drops at 730 tonight on MSG 2.
Expect McDonagh out and Eminger in (because it can’t be easy for them, they need more injuries).
If Torts puts Eminger and Gilroy together, and gives them more than 10 minutes of ice time he needs to be fired. Period.
Torts is slated to meet the media at around 520 so keep an eye on twitter as I’ll be updating during it.
Come on guys, LETS GO RANGERS
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Written by Adam Gavriel