Musings – Why The Hate On Dolan?

January 19, 2012, by

It’s been a while since I’ve penned one of the musings posts. Generally these are done by Chris, and Suit fills in when he can’t. But today it’s my turn. Enjoy.

  • I don’t get all this hate of James Dolan saying the Rangers are nearly contenders for the Cup. It’s not like he guaranteed anything, he just said what we all know: The Rangers are a very good team, and appear to be a piece or two away from making a run. He didn’t pull a Rex Ryan. He didn’t say anything about how they will win this year. He said “close,” which means any time within the next 2-3 years. I’ve been saying 2013-2014 for a while now, am I a jinx too?
  • Another thing about the Dolan hate: Why do people think he’s a terrible owner? Sure, he’s an absentee owner and turned a blind eye to the pre-lockout doings of Glen Sather, but he continually opens his checkbook without hesitation to make sure the Rangers get what the Rangers need. Would another owner have signed Brad Richards after seeing what happened with Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, and Wade Redden? Doubtful. To those clamoring for a new owner: How do you know a new owner would still open that checkbook? Sometimes the evil you know is better than the evil you don’t.
  • When you take a step back and look at what the Rangers have accomplished this season, it really is something. No Marc Staal? No problem. No Mike Sauer? No problem. Can’t score one night? No problem, just shut them down. Sean Avery a distraction? No problem. No powerplay? No problem. Ok, slight problem. This team has been through it all, and that is what builds character for championship runs.
  • Despite all that, John Tortorella still has just an “outside shot” at winning the Jack Adams. After watching 24/7, which changed many people’s opinions about him, the world realized that this team will skate through a brick wall for their coach, and for each other. The team wants to win for him. And the coach has made slight adjustments in games and between games to make them believers. He should be a finalist.
  • Speaking of award finalists, this should be the year that Henrik Lundqvist wins the Vezina, if he can keep up with these numbers. If he does win, he should buy Martin Biron dinner for a month. It’s because Biron has been spectacular as a backup that Lundqvist can get enough rest to stay sharp. Really want to ensure he wins the Vezina? Stop playing him against the Canadiens.
  • Those Canadiens, and the Leafs, pose potentially dangerous first round matchups for the Rangers. They really have a hard time beating both teams, and both could slide into the playoffs as the #7 or #8 seed. With the Rangers and the Bruins fighting for the top seed in the East, there is a distinct possibility that the Rangers will need to face one of them in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Those Bruins await the Rangers in Boston this Saturday, and it is going to be the biggest game of the year. The Rangers are a poor-man’s Bruins at this point, with home grown grit and toughness and some free agent skill to compliment that. The difference between the clubs? Zdeno Chara. He’s the Norris Trophy contender that makes their powerplay work. He is the only player that the Bruins have that the Rangers don’t.
  • Another reason why the Rangers are a year or two away from a Cup: The defense is not mature enough. They have the veteran leadership down pat, but more time for Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto to develop into puck moving defensemen can’t hurt. We know what McDonagh is, but MDZ has shown this year that he has the potential to be a legitimate powerplay quarterback and puck moving defenseman. He’s not there yet, but he will be.
  • A win against Nashville on Tuesday. Beating the Penguins tonight would be huge for the Rangers. Beating the Bruins on Saturday would be enormous. Git ‘ir done.
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  1. RangerSmurf says:

    We don’t have a Patrice Bergeron either. Yeah, Callahan will get some Selke votes again, but Bergeron’s a tremendous 2-way player, borderline Datsyukian.

    • Dave says:

      True, but they have players that can potentially turn into someone like him. Cally is one, if Hagelin keeps up his current pace is another. Dubi could be if he gets his head on straight.

      • Chris says:

        I’d just as happily have Callahan as Bergeron. Bergeron is very good yes but not Datsyukian. That’s too far sorry Smurf. Callahan was on course for 30 goals and is good defensively, better physically…

  2. Matt says:

    I assume time warner cable subscribers should take the current situation out of the equation?

  3. Sioux-per-man says:

    Chara is a beast. I doubt we sign a cannon on the blue line considering we have to many D when we get healthy. Who would be out there that is a realistic chance at trading for? You won’t get a Weber / Sutten type player from a playoff team.

    Personally I think we need a scoring winger.

  4. The Suit says:

    Great post Dave. I have my issues with Dolan, but they are more for how he runs Cablevision, MSG Network, & the Knicks as opposed to how he runs the Rangers.

  5. Blueshirt in Paris says:

    I think we all secretly hate him because we wished our father would give us the Rangers as a Christmas present.

    • wwpd says:

      hahaha agreed. and in the unlikely event the team completely falls apart in the second half, i will blame him for jinxing it

  6. Bertie Wooster says:

    My only issue with Dolan has entirely to do with the MSG/Time Warner standoff

  7. Rickyrants13 says:

    I dont like Dolan for what he allowed the team to do during the time frame between 2000 and 2005. Very bad drafting for the most part even if their were some players that no one had any idea what would happen with.

    But his allowing Sather to go out and get way too many players that were banged up or way past their prime. Killed us for a long time.

    Just think where this team would be right now if the kids that are playing today. Were groomed by NHL vets rather then learning on the fly?

    Think of where this team would be now. If they were in better drafting position then they were All because they brought in just enough washed up players to make sure they did’nt finnish at the bottom of the standings?

    Things are looking up with this team as of late. And we still have some blue chip players to add to this mix. Hopefully Krieder and McIlrath. As well as some other will give us what we need to go to that next level…

    Time will tell. But Dolan does deserve some disslike… He’s earned it.

    • The Suit says:

      Agreed for the most part. But what made Dolan a bad owner during those years is largely what is making him a good owner recently (again exclusive to NYR, not NYK or MSG Net). He opens his wallet and doesn’t get too involved.

  8. Evan Xenopoulos says:

    Why the Dolan hate? Because most rangers fans are knicks fans and you can see why the hate. Both franchises have been awful and havent finished in top 4 in their conference in maybe 15 years. He hires morons like Isiah Thomas to GM teams. The knicks still suck now even with talent because they had to gut all their youth to get star talent. Also, last year Dolan came in and ruined the melo deal by throwing in gallinari at the end.

    Am I happy with how the Rangers are doing? Yes of course. But of course Dolan needs to pop his head in now that the Rangers might finish in the top 4 for the first time in almost 15 years. He is a child with his father’s fortunes and spends his money like a moron. Do not defend him please.

    • The Suit says:

      We’ll defend Dolan and Sather for Rangers specific issues when appropriate and critique them when appropriate as well. Separating issues & judging accordingly is what we do.