Mailbag: Game attendance, prospects, PTOs

kari lehtonen

Three questions since the last one. It’s been a slow summer, since we all know what’s coming this year. As always, use the widget on the side to submit questions for the mailbag.

Tony asks: What do you expect the attendance to be like this year? Ticket prices?

This is a very good question. I think the first month or so will be normal sellout attendance, and then if/when the Rangers fall out of contention, we will see empty seats. I don’t think it’s going to be crazy abandoned though, if that makes sense.

As for ticket prices, we can only hope they go down. I used to have 10-game packs with Becky, but we got priced out after a few playoff runs and the MSG renovation.

GAG Reunited asks: Aside from the obvious, which kids do you think will make the club?

I’m assuming that “the obvious” means Lias Andersson/Filip Chytil. So aside from those two, my dark horse is Ty Ronning. He’s feisty, he’s a bottom-six player, and he plays the type of game that fans love. The Rangers need all three of those right now, and Ronning has the skill and speed to surprise some folks. He slipped to the seventh round due to size, but that didn’t stop his dad either.

Folks are big on Brett Howden as well. I can see him surprising some folks as well. I lean on the cautious side with him. There’s no need to rush him, and he may be best served as a sheltered 3C next season. Right now, that role may be Andersson’s or Chytil’s.

Fred (ok, I’m assuming this is one of the Daves from before) asks: Think the Rangers invite anyone to camp?

I wrote a post on it, a little while ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rangers invite a goalie to camp on a PTO. Kari Lehtonen strikes me as a candidate. Dustin Tokarski isn’t really a viable backup option if Alex Georgiev forgets his game. The Blueshirts will need someone as a stopgap. Maybe Tokarski is that guy. I don’t get it, but I stopped questioning Allaire a long time ago.


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16 thoughts on “Mailbag: Game attendance, prospects, PTOs

  • Sep 5, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I am basically a season ticket holder, and I would say that anyone that goes to games here and there, should wait to buy tickets about 5 hours before the games, because you should get very good prices.

    Of course, it depends on the opponent for that game, but I have heard that that’s the way to do it. I think there will be lots of available tickets this year, lol.

    I have also heard that the long time “waiting list” the Rangers have had for tickets has basically evaporated due to increasing ticket prices.

    Hope this helps.

    IMO, making the Rangers out of camp: Andersson, Chytil, and Meskanen.

    Mid year call ups: Howden, Hajek, and possibly Lindgren.

    • Sep 5, 2018 at 8:10 am

      I like your call on the kids who will start the season with NYR, and the kids who’ll be called up by season’s end. Solid predictions.

      I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Hajek or Lindgren are Rangers by the 25-30 game mark of the season due to an injury to a top 6 dman.

      • Sep 5, 2018 at 5:47 pm

        Yeah, I think that injuries can definitely accelerate the process for bringing up Hajek, more specifically.

        I am very intrigued to see what the Rangers have in Lindgren.

    • Sep 5, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Can confirm – lifelong season ticket holder, cancelled last year due to getting priced out. Last year got maybe 2-3 phone calls from my rep asking if I wanted to renew. This summer, I’ve been getting 4-5 calls A MONTH asking me to renew.

      They’re desperate.

      • Sep 5, 2018 at 5:51 pm

        Not only the phone calls to renew, but also the calls for “partial season” plans which the Rangers never had to offer.

        It’s a shame that the hardcore fans are being pushed out. Every game I go to, there are many empty seats along side the opponents’ penalty box, where corporate people don’t attend the games. At least give them to underprivileged orgs that could use them and give kids a nice night for a change.

        I’m sorry that you had to give up your tickets.

  • Sep 5, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Still thinking Ronning and Lettieri will somehow work their way onto the roster sometime during the season. Might not be until after the trade deadline.

  • Sep 5, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I expect few if any PTOs and no PTO goaltenders. They are a distraction and with a new coach and a team trying to sort out young players, why bother.

    As for goaltending, they already have four guys with NHL experience. And, since they don’t expect to make the playoffs, they really don’t need insurance in case something goes wrong. And it isn’t like you can’t sign somebody as good as Lehtonen if needed. Heck, Jeremy Brodeur may be as good as Lehtonen at this point of his career. Pavelec is probably better.

    • Sep 5, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Seriously, why bring in someone to take NHL experience away from Georgiev? To win a few extra games at the cost of a better draft pick next year?!??!? Makes ZERO sense!

      • Sep 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm

        Yep…terrible move considering you can resign Pav

      • Sep 5, 2018 at 2:13 pm

        I don’t think it is even on the table. I think that when they signed Tokarski, they were done. They plan on Lundqvist and Georgiev in NY, Tokarski and Mazanec in Hartford (two NHL-experienced guys). If Georgiev loses his way or someone gets hurt, the better of the two Wolfpack goaltenders won’t be awful.

  • Sep 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Anyone know who the coaches are for the Traverse City team?

  • Sep 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    As a young guy in my 20’s, just starting out with limited resources, it was a snap to sit in the $7 blue seats. Now, forget about it. I was not an economics major, but how did this happen? It’s rhetorical….lol

    • Sep 5, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Best seats in the house, with by far the best, and loudest fans in the garden!!!!!!!! Miss those days………

      • Sep 6, 2018 at 11:27 am

        How does that get dislikes?

        • Sep 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm

          It’s the same schmucks with every post I make, Moe, Larry Curly, and Bozo!!!!!!!!!

  • Sep 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I will go to maybe 2 games this year. Use to go many times a year, but prices are crazy its a big expense for a retired guy and my girl. Looking forward to seeing all the new faces, i know it will be a ruff year. LGR

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