Wednesday, January 6, 2010

D- for Rangers at Midseason

Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports gives out midseason grades...

New York Rangers: Once in a while, the Rangers can actually hit the jackpot with a free-agent signing. Marian Gaborik has been better than advertised for New York, and along with goalie Henrik Lundqvist, is the reason the Rangers can still think about the postseason. New York had a blazing start and then seemed to fall off the face of the earth quickly. No one has to worry about that now as the Rangers have had some better moments lately. Thing is, Gaborik is a one-man scoring attack, while Lundqvist often plays the role of game savior. That's not enough. Losing either for an extended period would spell disaster for the team loaded with players who seem intent on seeing high-strung coach John Tortorella's blood vessels pop. Grade: D-plus

...D- seems a bit rough as the Rangers are above .500 and about where most of us thought they'd be, which is fighting for a playoff spot. I think because of the blazing start they had, the so-called experts got a false impression of the team leading to this very disappointing midseason grade.

Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report has team grades here.

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