Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rangers to Bring Up the Rear Again?

Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports has this to say about the Rangers in his Atlantic Division preview...

"The New York teams that brought up the rear in the Atlantic last season seem destined for a similar fate this season after making debatable tweaks to their rosters. The Rangers hope they've improved their offense by adding Alexander Frolov, generally a disappointment in Los Angeles, but who has the talent to be an effective complement to Marian Gaborik. And they should be able to give workhorse Henrik Lundqvist a bit more rest this season after signing backup goalie Martin Biron.

Unfortunately, after missing the playoffs by virtue of losing a shootout on the final day, the Rangers failed to address their biggest problem, the lack of a true No. 1 center."


...get excited Ranger fans every so-called expert is down on our team.

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8 comments :

Elissa said...

so which of these "so-called experts" predicted that the Habs and Flyers would be in the ECF last year?

That's the one I'll believe lol

Evan S said...

this is actually a pretty fair and balanced report. Its fair to say that the rangers lack of a center is going to hurt them, maybe cost them the playoffs. Unless of course Christensen or Anisimov steps up.

Rick said...

Either EC breaks out this year or he has a rough time finding work in the NHL other than a 3rd liner. He will never be given the opportunity to become a #1 C again with the likes of Gaboril and Frolov as playmates. AA needs another year or two to become close to achieving his expectations as a player and C. This 1st line center position is definetely going to hurt us given we have some of the horses in the stable. We have one of the best goalies in Henrik, we have a top notch goal scorer in Gaborik and secondary scoring in Dubi, Calli, Prospal and even Dru who are capable of scoring 20 goals/year and then you throw in Frolov who could hit 30+G. Potential needs to live up to the expectations for this team to achieve.

Jack said...

"so which of these "so-called experts" predicted that the Habs and Flyers would be in the ECF last year? "

Exactly...I stopped reading reports like these for that reason...not to mention the Flyers made the playoffs and the Rangers didn't because of ONE game.

AnnoyingJoe said...

There's so much parity in the middle of the pack, its silly to try and predict where a middle of the road team will finish.

sfalcon27 said...

According to reports, finishing one point out of a playoff spot means that they will proceed to drop to the bottom-tier of the leauge, even though thier roster looks better than it did last year.

ry-man said...

ok fine since no one said anything, hahahahah bring up the rear!

ok now thats out of my system, i think that this team is playoff bound IF and only IF our centers step up as evan said. i also think if drury decides he wants to score again, frolov lives up to his expectations and we actually put some of our young kids in this line up. im hoping that the kids steal the show at camp this year, which may be a stretch, but if that happens i can guarantee we make the playoffs.

LI Joe said...

jack it was really the middle of the season that did the rangers in not 1 game. we did good in beginning and end of season. only reason philly was also on the fence is they had a ton of injuries and as they got healthier they did much better. and i hate philly but they were better than us last yr. just thank God they lost to chi