NY Rangers Fan Confidence Poll: August 10, 2020

Checking in on the NY Rangers' performance from the past week

Record Last Week (Monday to Sunday): 0-2
Postseason Record: 0-3-0 (4 GF, 11 GA)
Schedule This Week: N/A
Last Poll’s Results: Average Score: 7.5 (89 votes)

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Please take a second to answer the poll below and give us an idea of how confident you are in the Rangers, their direction, coaching, management, prospects, and overall quality on the ice. You can click the tag “Fan Confidence Poll” to view historical polls.

Given the current roster construction, farm system, management, coaching, etc., how confident are you in the Rangers' overall future?

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  • Our team confidence has less to do with the team itself and more to do with managing bad contracts. Can they figure out a way to manage the costs of Smith, Staal and Hank? Can they afford Strome? Do they bring back Fast? I will wait to see what the management actually can do.

  • Can you imagine the following line up should we win the lottery pick:

    Alexis Lafrenière-Barron- Vitali Kravtsov


    We got considerably bigger with the addition of Barron, Kravtsov, Miller, and Robertson. After a few seasons of playing on the team, we then put Kakko with Lafreniere on the first line, they could be dynamite together. This line up is young, and add to it what we also get in this draft with the second #1 pick, in a very deep draft, WOW!!!!!!!!

    This assumes we don’t sign both Fast, and Strome. Should they be signed, then we make minor adjustments to the proposed roster!!!!

    My prediction for the second #1 pick is going to be Holloway, from the U of Wisconsin, who plays a very sound 200 foot game, is listed as a center, but can also play both wings……….

  • It is a difficult period for the Rangers, as they have a number of decisions to make which will significantly impact the team. One area is handling contracts and buyouts.

    I am against any further buyouts. They can’t afford more dead cap space.

    As far as Hank is concerned, it is pretty evident that his contract is likely to bar any trade because most teams are fighting the same cap space battle that the Rangers are trying to address. It is speculation on my part, but I don’t think he’d be able to withstand a season as a backup to Igor. So, he might retire and become a front office man for the team. He is ideal for that kind of role.

    Strome bugs me. I don’t think he is a good 2nd line center and I would not pay him as such. I’d rather trade him or make him accept a short contract if they must keep him for next year.

    Fast is a good soldier and versatile, but he doesn’t score enough to justify spending a lot on him. Sign him for less than 3 million or say adios.

    Mark Staal needs to be used as the 7LD if he doesn’t retire. Smith needs to be traded. Work the phones and get some replacements and bring K’Andre Miller up too.

    Don’t trade Tony D or Georgiev. Tony D gives you great scoring depth from the defense and the Rangers are too thin on defense to justify losing him. Georgiev would be the perfect backup for Igor. Keep them both unless someone offers you a legit 2C. That isn’t going to happen.

    • Buyouts are out in my book…I would hate to ride out these contracts, but we might not have a choice. One thing to think about here, we have young talent that might not pan out for a few years as Panarin and Zibs get older…I am a bit concerned about wasting Zibs and Panarin’s peak years as we wait for the youth to pan out…..I am all for youth development, but we are going to have to get much better next season…..or else risk wasting a few more years of Panarin and Zibs best years….

    • Peter

      Your post, as usual, is spot on. Sell high with Strome, get a player (?), or better yet, a draft pick.

      Fast, if willing to play on a team friendly contract, should be retained.

      Smith gets traded, after his bonus is paid to Ottawa, for whatever we can get. The guy is still serviceable to a young team like the Senators.

      Hank retires to either play with his twin, and or gets a job with the front office.

      That leaves us with the Staal problem. Sit the man down and advise him his role will be as a tutor, and 7th d-man, unless he agrees to a trade.

      In doing this, both Hank, and Marc are treated with due respect for their long service. Time waits for no one, and they have got to go. Handling it this way, we maintain our reputation as a class act, the players leave with head held high, and the youth movement continues. What more can anyone ask for???????

    • I mostly agree with you and I don’t like buyouts either. But there is really no difference between dead cap space and excess payment to current players. Fact is the $6.1M the Shattenkirk buyout is costing is less than the amount Lundqvist is getting above his actual worth. And the combined $1.4M from the Girardi and Strome buyouts is less than a third of the excess salary given to Staal.

      These buyouts are bad more because the 2021-2022 problem is more serious than the problem this coming year than because of principle. OTOH, while I believe Staal can be intimidated by the 7D role, I think nothing less than a credible buyout threat will induce Lundqvist to retire. He believes that if he comes back, he will get playing time — and as we saw against Carolina, he will.

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