Thursday Musings: Rangers vs. Rangers editionMarch 20, 2014, by
With the Rangers playing the Rangers rejects (or is that the Blue Jackets playing the Blue Jacket rejects?) on Friday it seemed like a good chance to throw up a Musings ahead of Friday’s game in Columbus. So, let’s get to it.
The fact that there is even a debate as to who won the Nash deal (so far) is proof enough that Nash has underwhelmed so far in New York. Nash was by far the best player moved in the deal but while the ex-Rangers in Columbus have developed quite well Nash has left the Rangers fans always wanting more.
Given the likelihood of Brad Richards leaving in the summer, you think the Rangers would live either of Dubinsky or Anisimov back? Dubinsky has 41 points so far, as he’s playing major minutes and a good two way game for Columbus while Anisimov is on 19 goals for the season and playing a very solid year to date. Both would still be solid players for the Rangers.
Speaking of ex-Rangers; how many fans would still love Fedor Tyutin back?
I didn’t think I’d ever see the day but the Blue Jackets – throughout their organisation – have scary talent lined up for the future. A stack of quality prospects on the way while they have kids like Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray learning on the job. They could be a deep, talented team in a few short years, especially now they’re not headed up by incompetent management.
10 Rangers have scored at least 10 goals this year (allowing the swap of St Louis for Callahan). Yet only Nash has so far got to 20. That to me highlights the Rangers depth up front but also highlights the inconsistent season the team is having. Too many players have had too many peaks and troughs this year.
Thinking ahead to the summer: how much would you be willing to give Marc Staal to lock him up? Amid a strong (and healthy) season Staal is a pivotal Ranger and unless receiving a player of equal talent in return, they cannot afford to move him.
Here’s a thought: Should Ryan McDonagh be in the Norris trophy conversation this year and is he a sexy enough name that he’ll get into the conversation with the usual suspects?
- Would you retain Benoit Pouliot beyond this year and if so, how much is he worth?
- How many goals will Nash end up with and what is an acceptable amount?
- If you can only retain one: Dom Moore or Brian Boyle?
- Armchair GM: How should the Rangers resolve their centre position in the summer?
- Who has disappointed you most on the Rangers this season?