All Star Worthy?

December 28, 2011, by

The Rangers deserve to have multiple representatives at this year’s All Star game. The fact that so many of the roster should be in contention speaks volumes for the way the Rangers have moved up through the standings and developed this season. So which Rangers players should represent the club? Who deserves the nod?

  • Marian Gaborik. It goes without saying that when you lead the entire NHL in goals scored you’re doing something right. Gaborik is having a dominant season; scoring important goals, showing tremendous consistency and giving the Rangers an offensive game changer they lacked last season.
  • Henrik Lundqvist. The King is doing what he does best. Like Gaborik he’s tremendously consistent, rarely has he given up a soft goal this year and has been the very backbone of the Rangers once again. Despite being on course to play considerably less games this year – thanks to Martin Biron – the Swedish netminder could be in the discussion for league MVP, such is his impact so far.
  • Dan Girardi. The amount of time he spends on the ice is borderline insane – not far off a minute/game more than second in the league. Girardi blocks shots, provides the Rangers with immense stability and chips in offensively too. Not a ‘sexy’ player or a dominant offensive blueliner, guys like Girardi (unfortunately) rarely get the kudos of all star games even when they deserve the recognition. Critical to the Rangers.
  • Mike Del Zotto. Yes, you read it – Mike Del Zotto. Especially in the past month he has been consistent, increasingly dangerous offensively, physically impressive and has shown great ability to swallow minutes all season. Del Zotto is the league’s leading blueliner in plus/minus and is one three point game away from being in the league’s top 10 in scoring from the blueline. Easily, the most improved Ranger this season.
  • Ryan Callahan. Like Girardi and his ‘type’, rarely are the Ryan Callahan’s of the NHL rewarded with all star weekends. Amongst the league leaders in hits, and ice time amongst forwards Callahan has taken his offensive game to another level and is on course for his first 30 goal season. Maybe the best lead-by-example captain in the league today does any player try harder? Guys like Callahan deserve to be officially titled ‘all star’.

Gaborik and Lundqvist surely should get the call to head to Ottawa early next year. Anything other than invites for the Rangers marquee talents would be a travesty. Will any of the others get a call? Unfortunately Rangers players rarely get the exposure around the league due to the blue collar reputation the roster has.

It’s assumed this team does things by committee, which it does. However the above list proves that this team has serious skill and top end players too. All this and we’re forgetting a hot streak from Brad Richards and there could be another candidate. The 2011-12 Rangers, they’re pretty stacked you know.


  1. Blueshirt in Paris says:

    When you talk about Girardi you cant overlook that this guy plays against the best players in the league night in and night out and only has 4 minor penalties on the season. That is only 2 more than Henrik.

    Four f’n infractions!!!

    As far as All star Gabby of course, you cant lead the league in goals and not be an all-star.

    I never thought I would say this but the other one would be MDZ. I have been looking deeper into his numbers and they are quite amazing. he is right up there in some metrics with Chara, Lidstrom, Weber

  2. Walt says:

    Not that I’m biased, but you failed to mention McD, the kid is playing side by side with Girardi, and playing terrific defense!

    This year, we Ranger fans will have the two best players we have, Hank, and Gabby represent our team, but will leave too many of our other deseriving players sitting at home when the all star game is played. As we all know each team has to have a player on the roster, and they won’t stack up to better players that will sit because of the numbers game. That stinks, but that is the way it is.

    In our hearts, and minds, we do indeed have an all star roster this season, or at least playing like an all star roster. For that reason, I’ll be proud as hell for our guys, and the way they play, Blue Collar, Rangers hockey!!!!!

  3. The Suit says:

    “But MDZ only gets secondary assists” hahaha! Fail.

    • bob says:

      Yeah,and I wonder if anyone still thinks DelZotto won’t amount to anything and should be in Hartford.It’s amazing how people are blinded by personal feelings.Unbelievable.Suit,you were one of few that gave the kid the praise he deserved.

  4. Scully says:

    All I know is that I’ve turned non-hockey fan friends into huge fans in only 34 games this season. I’ve got a date tonight and the only saving grace I have for not being able to watch them (hopefully pound) the caps is that the game is televised on Versus and that announcing crew sucks haha. I don’t think i’ll be missing another game for the rest of this season.

  5. Scully says:

    On another unrelated note, does Carl Haeglin remind anyone else of a young Pat Verbeek?

  6. bob says:

    I had personally lost a lot of respect for Girardi when he let Gabs get beat by Carcillo and wanted him traded,but Girardi picked up his game after that and has emerged as one of the best D-men in the league.Gabi and the King are locks but Girardi should be there too.