Leave it to the New York Rangers to play a game really well…and still somehow look like dogshit while doing it.
No seriously, did you see the game? The Rangers outchanced the Habs, they outhit, they played a pretty good game. Marian Gaborik was flying, easily our best player, and JT Miller had a few point blank how-did-he-not-bury-that chances but they still couldn’t find the back of the net. So, instead of talking about the Rangers miraculously ending their seemingly decade long losing streak in Montreal, all we can talk about now is this god-damn team being shut out….AGAIN.
One of the worst offensive teams in the league, despite so much talent, falling even lower on the pathetic scale.
You have former players coming out calling for the coaches head. Then you have Derek Stepan, basically the Rangers best player not named Henrik Lundqvist this year coming out to defend the beleaguered coach. All in all a pretty typical shit-tastic day for the life of a Ranger fan.
Oh, and we get to play the undefeated in march Pittsburgh Penguins twice, and the Winnipeg Jets who somehow have owned us this year.
This could get REALLY ugly, REALLY quickly folks.
That’s all before the trade deadline too.
What would I do this deadline?
Not add anyone of significance.
Instead, I would look to trade Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham, Matt Gilroy, and Darrel Powe for draft picks.
Then, I go with a lineup something like this:
Hagelin – Stepan – Nash
MZA – Richards – Gaborik
Kreider – Miller – Callahan
Thomas – Newbury – Fasth/Ferriero/Haley/Seagal
I would definitely bring up Christian Thomas at the very least to use his lethal shot on the Power Play. And I would look to bring in some more of our kids, and get a little faster. Our bottom lines are way too damn slow. I would also bring up Dylan McIlrath to bring a little snarl to our team…..frankly, this team is a little too easy to play against.
That’s all from me, have a Happy Easter everyone.