All Rangers have returned from overseas; Foreshadowing the end of the lockout?

December 12, 2012, by

Connecting the dots.

I’m not one to speculate, I’m just one to use logical reasoning to come to a conclusion. Unfortunately in this post, my logical reasoning is leading to speculation, so take this with a grain of salt.

Earlier this morning, Adam Rotter at SNYRangersBlog picked up this little tidbit from the Kalpa website noting that Derek Stepan has returned to the US, stating that Stepan was confident that a season would begin soon. With Stepan’s return to the US, all –well, I believe all– Ranger roster players who were overseas have returned to the US. Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto returned last week, and Carl Hagelin and Ryan McDonagh have been home for a while.

While Hagelin and McDonagh returned for injury reasons last month, the returns of Nash and Del Zotto with “minor injuries that needed US medical attention” were a bit confusing. After all, Nash stayed with Davos when he bruised his shoulder earlier this year, so why wouldn’t he stay with them if this groin issue was minor as well?

Using my keen sense of logical reasoning , with keen being loosely defined, it is safe to assume that they may have sensed that the season was set to begin soon. Even Kalpa acknowledged that Stepan left because he believes the season is starting. Couple this with renewed negotiations today at 11am in a “super secret location that is so secret that if they told us where it was they would shoot us”, and we have a situation where we can connect the dots.

Let’s go ahead and connect these dots:

  1. They are close to a deal. They are so close to a deal you can taste it.
  2. There is a super secret meeting today.
  3. All Rangers are back from Europe and in the New York area (or with Connecticut).

I believe in coincidences, but there these are three things that are too much to write off as coincidence. My own speculation is that something big is coming, and the Rangers players were either instructed –indirectly of course– to return home or sensed this too.


  1. Kris says:

    The most important one landed in Sweden today. So lets not get ahead of ourselves, or hopes up.

  2. Matt Josephs says:

    Yeah Henrik just landed in Sweden today. Don’t know why he’s there, but he’s there.

    I do believe this debacle is coming to a close. I think both sides have milked this for what it’s worth. The owners probably aren’t ecstatic with what the outcome will be, but I think they can live with it.

    • Matt says:

      Lundqvist has been back and forth between NY and Sweden practicing in his hometown. Nothing to be concerned about.

      • Dave says:

        Yea, pretty much nothing to read into when Hank goes home. He’s been pond hopping all lockout.

      • Rachel says:

        He has business to do here. He did an editorial for NY post n I guess he checks in on his restaurant Tiny’s. I thought he’d stay fir the 121212 concert but he said he was only here 4 40 hours.

  3. Rachel says:

    I know a few are hurt but I hope the NHL/nhlpa settle this soon. I’m going out of my mind without hockey. 4 months of talks-what is the holdup? What needs 2 be done to get the season going?

  4. NCCS (RET) says:

    Really hate to say this, but I don’t think we are going to have a season. Sounds absurd I know, but then again if you told me last year that the NHL would be willing to go this route once again, I would have thought you quite off your rocker, indeed. BTW, ANY credible news on Sauer? Whispers turning into low noise that his career is over – say it ain’t so yo?!

    • Dave says:

      I haven’t heard anything on Sauer. I wouldn’t believe whispers or low noise until it gets confirmed by someone.

      • NCCS(RET) says:

        I don’t believe anything until it’s confirmed but I just get a bad feeling because of the duration and the silence surrounding him. What a D we would have if he could ever make a full recovery, and of course, thats a big IF

        • Dave says:

          If Stu Bickel makes progress, then Sauer’s absence is easier to absorb. That’s also a big IF.