It’s Musings day. I’m in Germany as you read this on a game day, so enjoy. Unfortunately the Islanders game is the first game I’ll not have caught live this year to any extent but I’m sure you’ll all cope without me.
The Rangers win in Boston; if that finishes 3-0 then half of Ranger nation will be booking time off to attend the Cup parade. It didn’t, and it was almost a shambolic collapse, but lets stay away from the ledge. For most part the Rangers played a great game and at times controlled the Bruins in their own barn. That’s tough to do.
There are goal scorers and then there are truly elite offensive, superstars. Marian Gaborik is a great goal scorer for the most part. Rick Nash is a superstar. He can dangle and create offense out of nothing that maybe 5% of the league (if that) can do. Going on a small sample size, Nash is going to be in New York for a long time and successfully too.
Marc Staal (for the most part) is truly back. Carrying the puck, playing physically, decision making, offense, sound positioning… he’s doing everything he needs to do at an All Star level again.
Brad Richards needs to be more dominant, more often. He can’t flip in and out of games as much as he’s done in recent games. When he’s on he’s brilliant, when he’s not he’s invisible. Too much inconsistency.
Has the Rangers first 3 game win streak coincided with the improved performance from the roster depth? Of course it has. But from that depth, not enough credit has been aimed at Arron Asham and Jeff Halpern who each have gotten much better recently.
Benn Ferriero, it was nice knowing you. Can’t imagine we’ll see you any time soon.
Why did people chuckle at Wade Redden getting his butt handed to him in a fight? A) He signed a contract we all would have done, B) He was very influential in this organisation even if it wasn’t in the desired way (great with the kids in the AHL), and C) He was sticking up for a teammate which we would have commended any Ranger for, and knock current Rangers for not doing enough of. Some fans know nothing.
When the Rangers top three defensemen are all in form – Staal, McDonagh and Girardi – doesn’t this team look much more composed, potentially dominant? If they can all simultaneously maintain their form over the year this team has a huge chance to do something special.
Despite three goals against the B’s; The King is back.
If Carl Hagelin keeps this form up he’s going to get a nice pay cheque soon.
- Brian Boyle: Keep him or trade him?
- Brandon Prust or Darrell Powe? (salaries considered)
- If you could only keep one on the roster for now: Miller or Kreider
- Kreider or Miller II: Which scores more this year?
- Brad Richards; over/under 40 points?
It’s a game day folks. I’ll be trying to keep an eye on the Islanders game. I’m lucky I’m only ‘missing’ one game. Enjoy peeps and later skaters.