Many fans blame the New York Rangers struggles on a lack of talent. When a team has pieces worth selling, it’s hard to say they lack talent. However, they are lacking in a key spot, leadership.
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Here is our Quick Hits recap of the Rangers 4-2 victory over the Oilers.
There is something deeply engrained within the sports fan. Past passion, past excitement, past memories, past the ability to get oh so high from a trade that seems to go in your favor, right where irrationality meets frustration lays that dirty ugly five letter word, blame. The Rangers lose: polls run, who’s to blame? Beat writers search for the scapegoat, irrational fans go to their old favorites “That was definitely Girardi’s fault on defense and Stepan never put home that puck on the goal line.” But wait, it’s 2017. Those names are long gone, but still, the instinct is to blame and blame who or what’s comfortable.
Here is the FullTilt Quick Hits recap of the Rangers’ heartbreaking and demoralizing 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins.
With this team in the midst of its’ worst start since 1980, Alain Vigneault is trying to find the combinations that will put his team in the best position to succeed. While the players deserve some of the blame for the Rangers’ 1-5 record, AV hasn’t exactly been aces either. Personally, I like giving coaches the benefit of the doubt, especially given the Rangers general success over the last few years under Vigneault. But the way this season has started, with the general ineptitude at times of his team and some of his decisions, it may be time for the 56-year-old head coach to be relieved of his duties. And we see a clear manifestation of this in his practice lines from today’s tune-up ahead of the Rangers matchup with the 3-2 Penguins tomorrow night.
Mixed within the names of a Gilbert, Giacomin, Greschner, Leetch, Messier and so forth, there are names like Daigle, Deveaux, Frolov etc. Lesser Known Rangers dives into this topic, making you say “Oh yeah, I had no idea he was a Ranger” or “Was he really on the team? So strap yourselves in and prepare to take a trip down obscure hockey player avenue! Let’s begin!
As fans, players, and coaches gear up for the start of the regular season, here are some things to look for as the journey for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins.
Marc Staal, the name that is a borderline swear for some New York Rangers fans, left plenty to be desired last season. Read more
Jesper Fast is the New York Rangers version of a Swiss Army Knife, he can virtually do it all. This summer, Fast was a headline several times for the team. First, as we reported back on May 16, it was revealed that Fast would be out most likely until November due to hip surgery. Then, there was the risk that the Vegas Golden Knights could pick him in the expansion draft. After that, he signs a nice three-year contract that is both club and player friendly. Finally, he picks his new number for the season after the Rangers announced his number 19 was being retired in honor of Rangers legend Jean Ratelle.
Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello has had quite the year both on and off the ice. He led the team with 59 points in the regular season and had seven points in the playoffs. He was consistent in his effort every night, regardless of whether or not he was tickling the twine. And this effort won him the team’s coveted Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.