Finding things to complain about amidst all this success

November 15, 2016, by
What kind of name is Skjei?

What kind of name is Skjei? (Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Things are going a little too well in Rangerland right now and I’ve had just about enough of it. Until the Blueshirts start losing some games and facing a little real adversity, I thought it might be helpful for all of us Never Satisfied New Yorkers to focus our energies on a few other irritating areas for the time being…

Michael Grabner may be second in the NHL in goals, but he’s also second in that garbage plus/minus stat. I’d like to praise Grabner’s start, but until he gets that corrected, I just can’t get on board.

Adam Clendening missed a golden opportunity for a viral Mannequin Challenge video on Sunday when he was glued to the bench. If he’s not going to play, he should at least be helping the Blueshirts get pageviews from the bench.

– Chanting BUCHHHHH sounds way too similar to ZUCCCC. How are fans watching on TV supposed to differentiate? Jeff Gorton needs to consider these things when he brings new players into the fold.

Ryan McDonagh has 10 assists, second among defensemen. Big deal. He hasn’t scored a single goal yet – is he even trying?

Dan Girardi tied for the league lead with his third game-winning goal on Sunday. But should he really get credit for a goal he wasn’t even trying to score? I mean, the puck bounced off him – that’s just dumb luck. Landon could have scored that one just as easily.

– How is it that the Blueshirts have the best offense in hockey, but not one awesome line nickname? Is it so much to ask for Alain Vigneault to put three players together whose initials form a snappy acronym?

– Before you get too excited about the offensive production, note that five of New York’s 65 goals have been scored on empty nets. That’s 7.7% of the team’s total output, the fifth-highest rate in the league. Not so hard to score when there’s no goalie, eh boys?

– How am I supposed to know which Ranger to pick up in fantasy when the scoring is so balanced? It’d be nice to root for my team and earn fantasy glory, but this team is way too charitable about letting everyone chip in.

– If the Blueshirts are going to win us free food every night, could it at least be from a decent chain? Choosing Papa John’s was an ultra clever ploy by the marketing team to give away a free promotion that nobody will actually claim.

– The Wolf Pack is an ugly 3-8-2, in the cellar of the AHL’s Atlantic Division. It’s all well and good for the Broadway Blueshirts to win games, but it’s almost as important that the prospects be exposed to a winning culture. Might be time to think about sending a couple of the unneeded forwards like Derek Stepan or Rick Nash down to Hartford to help.

– Could the Rangers let just one game get to overtime? 3-on-3 was one of the highlights of last season and we haven’t gotten to see a second of it yet this year. So jealous of the Hurricanes, Sabres and Stars who have all found a way to lose in OT four times already this season.

Let us know in the comments what you’re annoyed about with the team doing so well.


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  1. amy says:

    this roadtrip is going well

    • pas44 says:

      Your Right, Why can’t this team drop some late games that I can’t stay up to watch live… geessss

  2. Hatrick Swayze says:

    How about Alain Vigneault’s fat face? The more they win, the more we see that fat smirk on top of his weird pinstripe suit like he’s some happy go lucky fat faced 1930s wanna be mobster. Oh he just makes me so mad.

    • Becky says:

      I love you.

    • pas44 says:

      I’m still psyched I don’t have to see that Del Zotto – Brain Boyle sort of hand shake routine they were doing back in the day after wins…

      remember that nonsense…

      • Chris72 says:

        Round 1 Playoff News: Rangers lose 3/4 of starting lineup to rotator cuff surgery. Injuries stem from players lifting their sticks in center ice after 39 Home Wins

  3. Rangers_Underscore says:

    I like the way you think. How can AV put any line together and they all of them work?
    We could win all the remaining games and we still won’t win the Stanely Cup because of AV.

  4. Peter says:

    AV also doesn’t know how to seeth, especially at his pressers. John Tortorella knew how to seeth and look at reporters like he was about to strangle them if they asked another dumb question. Mike Keenan knew how to look like a serial killer. AV just chews his damn gum!

  5. pas44 says:


    Great piece



  6. Matt S says:

    Is it too much to ask buchnevich to play more than a few games in a row without resting his back? Kid is a bust!

    • Craig says:

      Six Foot, a hundred and seventy five pounds (or whatever he is), isn’t going to cut it in the NHL, unless you’re small and quick to dodge in and out to avoid the hits. To much pounding. Don’t they have equipment and professional trainers on staff? More muscle can sometimes help avoid injuries. He is only 21, maybe he’ll mature more physically within a year or two. A bust already?Really?

  7. Dave says:

    Can we get one exciting moment in a press conference? Why isn’t he challenging Larry Brooks to a fight?

  8. Mark says:

    Really, the biggest issue is Tanner Glass. Last year he was on the big team and the team struggled. Now he is in Hartford and that team is struggling while the big team can’t seem to lose. It may be time to bring him up so he can enjoys some of these W’s!

  9. 43 says:

    Can we get rid of those awful third jerseys already, and finally bring the lady liberty jerseys back? The white one, too.

    I’d be interested in another Winter Classic Rangers jersey, too…

  10. Matt in Hoboken says:

    This team plays way too fast. How can I check all of my social media accounts with this nonstop action?

  11. Jon says:

    Someone said the Buzz Line to me the other day to describe the longest named line in hockey. Buchnevich/Zibanejad/Zuccarello.

  12. wwpd says:

    henrik can’t find the net. 12 games and only scored 1 point? hands of stone.

  13. pas44 says:

    We need a backup goalie to come in and find a way to win some games.

    whats Raanta’s sad record this season?

  14. pas44 says:

    At Least The Islanders Don’t Suck This Season!


  15. Bobby says:

    If they keep winning I won’t get to see AV really chew his gum hard and fast on the bench in anger!

  16. Ranger11 says:

    Everyone is making a big deal about Raanta being such a good back up and how he could be a starter. I don’t what they see in him. The guy hasn’t scored a goal since we got him. Very overrated!

    • wwpd says:

      he’s got more points than hank this year in fewer than half as many games though. case. closed.

  17. Peter says:

    The only way to make this club a winner is to bring Alexi Kovalev back.

  18. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Zucc’s getting too comfortable, it doesn’t lend itself to future success. Who’s next up on the best friend list? Well it’s about that time to trade whoever it is…

  19. Mikeyyy says:

    So when label hits a slap shot , can we call it a buuuch slap

  20. SalMerc says:

    We need a PP unit that stops shooting the puck already. I long for the days of the “pass and hold” power play. It allowed me to grab a beer and not miss a beat. Now we move the puck to damn much, I can’t even channel-surf. Bring back Barry Beck so he can wait, look, wait, skate, hold look, then shoot directly into a screen. Ahhhh – those were the days.

    Dave is great

  21. Peter says:

    If the forwards all had hair like Ron Duguay, and the defense had hair like Barry Beck, Sam Rosen’s barber would have more work than he’s had in a very long time…

  22. rich s says:

    This far into the season and not ONE fighting major……..boy do I miss Dylan McIlrath, Nick fotiu, Tie Domi, Stu Bickel, Brandon Prust, Boxcar Hospodar, Chris Kotsopolus, and the countless others who made Hockey FUN and exciting!!!!!

  23. Susan Lewis says:

    Should have players with shorter names! I mean, how many syllables on a goal?! Buchnevich from Zuccarello and Zibanejad. Had to be hell on the play by play guys 🙁 What line is that?! BZZ?! 😉

    • Patricia Tamburello says:

      Yes! There’s the catchy line name. Buch, Zib and Zuke. The BUZZ line!!! Love it!

  24. Richter1994 says:

    Well done Kevin.

  25. Ranger11 says:

    What’s the deal with Grabner. He scores 10 goals including some multi goal games and makes us think he’s gonna be a big gal scorer for us this year. Well what happened to the goals he was gonna be scoring? He had chances last night but couldn’t score so I guess it’s time to trade him. If he can’t score us a goal a game then who needs him. We don’t need guys that aren’t consistently scoring goals. That’s it pal pack your bags and hit the road.

  26. Jerry says:

    Excellent Kevin
    Couldn’t stop laughing

  27. MKEmxp says:

    Where’s all the needless drama? I mean, how many times have we watched the Rangers take the lead and then have a massive defense collapse late in the game? Or how many games when we can’t even buy a goal? I’ve lost years in my life due to the stress of watching this team. Now I tune in, enjoy a game with 5 or more goals, and I’m relaxed in bed afterwards. I find this unsettling.

  28. Cheryl says:

    Every time I go to a game they lose. Usually without scoring or putting up only one lonely goal. They are going to kill my record when I get to a game this year.