NY Rangers Fan Confidence Poll: March 8, 2021

Last Week’s Results: W 3-2 vs BUF, W 6-1 @ NJD, W 6-3 @ NJD, L 5-1 @ PIT
Season Record: 10-10-3 (6th in East Division)
Schedule This Week: 3/9 @ PIT, 3/11 @ BOS, 3/13 @ BOS
Last Poll’s Results:  6.6 (145 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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  • I keep putting 7 or 8 on these depending on how the team is doing. The rebuild is ahead of schedule but reality has set in that this team is not playoff ready…yet

    • Except it’s hard to judge a team as playoff ready when they’ve had so much drama in the 20 games they’ve played — more so than other teams because we’re not just dealing with Covid, a shortened season and injuries (every team does), you need to also factor in we lost Panarin and ADA under very unique circumstances.

      • agree with you there, though losing both players under those circumstances could certainly have an effect on one’s confidence

        • Well not Panarin, if you believe it’s a hit job — and I certainly do. Not one person has stepped forward to confirnm any of Nazarov’s claims and it’s been over 2 weeks.

          Re: ADA … they gave the guy a shot and it didn’t work out, although the experiment looked like quite a success just a few months ago. Shite happens.

  • one starting goalie who can’t seem to stay healthy enough in the nhl to get in his groove, and one backup looking more shaky than you need a backup to be. early symptoms in net we will be monitoring closely for sure.

    • I don’t really think you can include getting into a car accident as unable to stay healthy. He had one groin injury to date.

      • I’m not including the car accident, which was a bummer. I am counting the july (groin) injury during the pre-play-in round that kept him out as the starter vs Carolina.

        • there was also the ankle thing earlier in the year but – not being an expert – i’d be more concerned about two consecutive (non-contact?) groin issues

          • Yoga and proper exercise should take care of that issue. That’s on S&C, they’ll need to focus on that this off-season before he wrecks it bad enough to require surgery. It is odd though that I never noticed injuries being an issue when he played in the KHL.

  • Why does Howden keep playing 2 assists for the season and a -2. He doesn’t work. And they sit Blackwell. Lol

    • Per Vince Mercogliano, the reasoning is that (and I quote):

      -He takes FOs while Chytil can’t at the moment.
      -He is one of the go-to’s on the PK
      -His defensive numbers aren’t bad

      Whether or not we agree doesn’t really matter at the moment. The team likes him, even if we don’t.

      • Actually Howden wasn’t bad yesterday. From behind the net, he set up PDG for a really nice shot in front of the net. He didn’t get an assist because PDG messed up the shot. I was actually rather disappointed with PDG actually. On another play, he passed to a player streaking on net and made a pass that could not be handled.

        It should also be observed that, while he plays every game, Howden is definitely suffering diminishing TOI. Over the last 4 games, excluding the PK, he has averaged 11:10 per game compared to Gauthier’s 11:57. (and Gauthier is the guy who doesn’t seem to get to play). With PK time, he moves up to 12:58, still not a lot.

      • …. and yet oddly enough the numbers show he isn’t one of the better PKers on this team right now. 😉

  • The foundation for the team has been laid…the finishing pieces have always been the Achilles heal for the Rangers.

    We have top end talent with Bread, Fox, Laffy, Kappo, Miller.

    We have very good supporting cast with Buch, Chytil, Kreider, Gauthier, Lindgren, Strome, Trouba, Lemiuex.

    Rooney has done a very good job as a penalty killer, Blackwell provides depth.

    The players that are expendable, PDG, Howden, Hajek, Johnson, Smith, Georgie.

    It’s replacing those 5-8 players that will shape our future and a lot of those changes should come from within…Schneider, Nils, Robertson, Barron, Cuylle, Kratsov.

    It’s also identifying what prospects can be expendable for the right player.

    Gorton did it with Gauthier, although, i really liked Keene.

    now, the wild card…if Zib, has lasting effects of Covid, and this sounds cruel…but you have to move him and recoup a large return before it is too late. If he plays at a 30 goal level…then resign him but it can’t be for longer than 5 years.

  • * Zib has ONE goal 5×5;
    * TDA, the 5th highest D in the NHL in 2019-20 has missed most of the season and his termination added unneeded drama for a young team;
    * Panarin has played 14 of 23 games and has taken a leave of absence that has added some drama.
    * Chytil has played 9 of 23 games
    * Trouba has played 15 of 23 games.
    * Kaako has played 16 of 23 games.

    The fact that the youngest team in the NHL is at .500 while dealing with all of these issues is a VERY positive sign.

  • My confidence is all about the future because it still is a young, developing team. They have most of the pieces that they need presently. Lafrenière, Kakko, Kravtsov, Chytil, Miller, Igor, Fox, Lindgren are all young players who are only going to get even better. I am still at 9. Things are good in Rangerstown!

  • The kids are getting better, no question, so there’s optimism there.

    I just don’t trust the guy behind the bench. And if the guys upstairs trust him, then I don’t trust them either.

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