Thoughts after ten games

The Rangers have hit the ten game mark in their rebuild season. That isn’t any specific milestone, just double digits, and it’s a Friday, so this all makes sense to do a summary so far. At least in my mind it makes sense. Anyway, the Rangers are basically what we expected them to be. So let’s round out the week with a brain dump.

1. The Rangers are, as mentioned above, what we expected them to be. They aren’t going to win many games. They will have the goaltending and –probably– the offense to at least keep it close though. That’s really all you can hope for. They aren’t getting blown out, so they need to continually fight and play hard. These are good lessons.

2. Something else we learned is that this team doesn’t have a “give up” button. At least not yet. They’ve been close in most games so far, and have had a few come from behind victories so far. Teaching kids to never quit and that the game is never out of reach are good lessons. Since this is about growth and establishing a right mental frame of mind, these pieces shouldn’t be forgotten.

3. I’m happy to see the rest of the fanbase that held out hope for the playoffs is starting to come around. I don’t think this team will be a bottom-five in the NHL though. Before last night’s three goal loss, they had six losses (one in OT), and a -6 goal differential. They aren’t getting blown out, which leads me to believe that once the offense finds some stability, they will get some more wins.

4. As for that stability, I wouldn’t expect it until December. It’s a new system. The Rangers are still dealing with a learning curve. Until they figure it out in the defensive zone, the offense will likely struggle to find consistency. It happened when Alain Vigneault came on board in 2013 as well.

5. Speaking of that adjustment, there seems to be a lot of “this kid is a bust” and “send this kid down” talk. It’s been ten games. It’s way too early for any of that. This is a rebuild. The kids are going to get playing time. They will make mistakes. Lots of them. They may not score right away. This is what a rebuild looks like. It’s not just draft picks and *poof* you’re a contender. There are years of struggles and rough patches. Welcome to those struggles and rough patches.

6. Henrik Lundqvist has been spectacular to start the season. That is all.

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24 thoughts on “Thoughts after ten games

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Want to believe our first line has real first line NHL talent, but thinking it is just a strong line without a stud.

    Kids will make mistakes, they learn and we try again.

    Do not understand McLeod on this team, makes little sense.

    Nanes and Spooner are adding nothing, they need to be moved to open up roster spots

    Gorton needs a super draft and a big off-season of signings to make us relative next year. Not sure Kravsov, Andersson, Chytil and Howden are really top 6 players yet.

    Hank needs to play less and become the good will ambassador. He is too good for this team.

    Quinn needs to learn NHL players do not react like college players. Spooner & Staal cash a paycheck no matter what he says. Libor Hajek needs to be on this roster.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Roster spots for who? The organization does not really have twelve NHL forwards at this time. And if it really is true that a $4M forward is adding nothing, how do you get someone to take them off your hands?

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I like that Dave .. *poof*… cue music..”Welcome to NY! We’ve been waiting for you!”

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    this team is way more enjoyable to watch than last years. they scrap. i give them that. they need to move Krieder mr. parttime player.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      How many more games before Krieder has a mysterious upper body strain

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      He’s going to be in a lot of dog houses. Coaches are going to be putting shock collars on him and stuff.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Larry Brooks- “Hayes is here if I’m running the show”Classic Brooks giving away info to look good when something happens.

    Through the first 10 games, we learned that AV was spot on by developing Skjei on the 3rd pair. Smith isn’t top 4 material, terrible trade that should haunt JG as a GM for life. I’ll be the first one to pick on Staal, but to sit here and act like Skjei and Smith are that much better seems wrong to do.

    I been pleading for it since Lou was GM with the Leafs. If there’s a trade for Skjei for Marner than you do it. There is no such thing as a 3rd pair D man being more valuable than top 6 forward. Skjei is a shiny toy who lacks the fundamentals of good two way defense.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      When you do not have a real first pair, everyone looks over their head. Lots of effort, but the talent level is short.

      • Oct 26, 2018 at 3:08 pm

        That’s why blindly screaming ‘play the kids’ is a bit misguided.

        You don’t want to bury your young prospects with bad matchups every shift. That hinders development more than just leaving them in the press box for weeks on end. You need some veterans to take those hard matchups and act as cannon fodder, especially when wins and losses are an afterthought, like they are this season.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      The Leafs would laugh at that trade. Skjei is very disappointing. He frequently gets caught out of position. Makes iffy decisions with the puck like passing up a open shot last night, which led to a odd man rush. I can’t believe they took him in the first round while guys like Gostisbehere and Parayko fell to the third round. Even Slavin is better.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Yes, this is what a rebuild looks like. But I thought (and still think) they are a better team than we’re seeing. Hayes, Namestnikov, and Spooner are the issue in term of points. That’s who I’m most disappointed in. These guys should not be struggling to put up points and providing some buffer here. They are all good middle six players who got new deals, and they have 2 goals 5 points and -11 combined thru 10 games. That’s unacceptable IMHO. When (if?) Quinn can get them playing well and scoring, the wins will be there. An odd goal here and there by them thru these first 10 games and our record would be better.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Hayes plays hard every game. He was one of the few skaters who showed up last night. He needs better linemates who can finish. I recommend Buchnevich with Chytil. Fast to Howden and Vesey. I want to see what Buch and Chytil can do together. Fast can’t be in the top six.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Agreed, those 3 should be producing more … and I doubt their ability to produce just disappeared over 1 summer, especially given their ages.

      Bottom line, this team could easily be 5-4-1 instead of 3-6-1.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Names played with 2 studs who opened the ice up for him …. now his true value shows. Spooner is a bust. Us rebuilding and supposedly playing the kids is a crock. Theres what 13-14 guys skating form the past years? Nobody wants the junk we have. Goalie isn’t going any where and if he did wouldn’t fetch much. Is Hughes gonna be that guy? Isn;t he a little on the small and light size ? Will he fill out some? And be a Franchise breaking player?? Will the lotto be a sham and we pick like 10th?

      • Oct 27, 2018 at 7:51 am


        Question for you, just how big was, and still is Pat Kane, or Johnny Hockey for that matter?????

        • Oct 27, 2018 at 2:01 pm

          I hear you Walt .. they also aren’t playing down the middle. It was a question too. He’s 17 so does he gain a few lbs and some muscle.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Hockey is a very fast game and it takes time for players to become familiar with one another on the ice. This is the thing about team chemistry once you lose it, it’s hard to get it back. Also the reason why crappy teams stay crappy no matter how good their draft picks are.

    • Oct 26, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      That is blatantly untrue. See: maple leafs, caps, and pens. True about the chemistry, but that’s why I we have to be patient.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Tampa would not put Names with the talent they did to open up the ice for the player got. Got to believe Names isn’t be used right. Anybody else believe Kreider might be a player that is not being coached right. It’s difficult to believe Kreider is to blame for the under production.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    I meant to say “for the unproductive player the Rangers got”.

  • Oct 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Game 1: This year is not about winning.
    Game 2: Same
    Game 3: Same
    Game 4: Same
    Game 5: Same
    Game 6: Same
    Game 7: Same
    Game 8: Same
    Game 9: Same
    Game 10: Not sure but I think the same

  • Oct 27, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I promised myself I wouldn’t say anything about the team till game 41.

    Love the effort level from some players. Still need a 60 minute game from the team. That’s only happened 2-3 times so far.

    Still trying to gauge how the coach is getting the most out of his players.

  • Oct 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    The Rangers has a shot for the top 3 drafts in the next selection.

  • Oct 29, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    This is more the team I was hoping for then expecting to get, yet I still feel by December, they will have more of an identity of who they are as a team and go on a random win stream to take us out of a top 5 draft pick. Here is hoping they play just well enough to lose and stay a bottom team for at least 1 season before they start to really put it all together.

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