Thursday, September 30, 2010

Who Are We Going to Pick On Now?

Joe DeLessio at New York Magazine wonders with Wade Redden exiled to Hartford who are Ranger fans going to pick on now and lists Michal Rozsival, Chris Drury, Derek Boogaard and Alex Frolov as the top contenders.

Here's DeLessio's thoughts on why Rozsival is leading the pack...

Michal Rozsival. Far and away the leading contender, Rozsival heard it as bad as Redden did at times over the past two seasons. Why? He's a $5 million cap hit, and since signing his new contract in 2008, his offensive numbers have plummeted while his "pucks bouncing over his stick at the blue line" totals have risen. In his defense, he wasn't always so unpopular. He was liked just fine back during the Jaromir Jagr era, when he posted a +35 in the season after the lockout and put up 40 points the year after that.

...of the four players DeLessio mentions I agree that Rozsival is the leading candidate. If he struggles out of the gate he has no chance of eluding the wrath of the Garden Faithful.

...however, I do think that Boogaard is definitely not that far behind. If he doesn't get into a few scraps right away or god forbid loses one he will be dubbed Brashear Part II in a New York minute.

...h/t to Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy.

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17 comments:

True Blue Mike said...

Rosival, Grachev, Dubinsky and Sauer for Stephen Weiss and floridas 2nd round pick. get it done

Fleisch14 said...

Totally disagree with boogard being brashear #2..... ranger fans were mostly happy with the boogard signing.... So they wouldn't turn on him for a quick loss in a fight or not getting into a fight in the 1st game or 2....
Brashear was hated before he became a ranger for numerous reasons... And not one fan thought he should be on the team due to 1. Cheapshot in the playoffs 2. Being over the hill 3. Colton Orr's replacement...

My guess is Rozival , Torts, sather....

AnnoyingJoe said...

BOOOOOO-gaard. Nobodys going to fight him, and he can't skate.

That trade, really Mike? With Rosival going, what D lines do you propose? Gosh I 'd hate to see Dubi go.

LI Joe said...

even though i am one i really do hate a lot of ranger fans. always have to have their scapegoats. maybe they should try rooting for these guys. stay silent or sell to someone who won't be counterproductive

wonderin said...

Ditto AJ...

true Blue Mike said...

Staal Girardi
MZD McDo
Gilroy Tenko
7th dman: eminger

Yay for getting younger haha

AnnoyingJoe said...

LI Joe - thats an excellent point, but Rangers fans dont usually "give it" to a player or exec. unless they truly deserve it. You have to earn the ire of Ranger fans, it isnt freely given. thats what makes us so darn smart and knowledgeable.

Mike - logical lines...I don't know, thats alot of inexperience in the 2nd and 3rd grouping...

LI Joe said...

rozy has been nothing like redden. the fans just have to have a whipping boy. and i've seen them booing a guy in playoffs every time he touches the puck. so much for home ice advantage as i'm sure the team really appreciates it.

Gary said...

That's an AWFUL trade. We're losing sauer who is a solid young d-man, dubinsky who is set up to have possibly the best year of his career, and grachev, who may not have had the best camp, but is still a bright prospect for the future of this organization. For what? A SECOND round pick? And weiss who will be a rental part until stepan takes over as our #1 center. We already have that in christensen and prospal.

Evan S said...

Definitely Rozsival, but Boogaard with the close second. If he doesn't establish himself early, the fans will be all over him, especially since a guy like Dane Byers in the minors could easily do his job. Don't give up on Grachev already, he'll be up soon enough.

true Blue Mike said...

yeah christensen put up 28 goals and 38 assist last year...

Dan W said...

I wanna boo Grachev but the reason i wanna is bc he will never make this team so ill never get to. Trade him.
As for roster players... I dont dislike anyone too much. Lets find out a way to boo Sather.

Jason G. said...

thats the best banner Kev.

Gary said...

Its not even about christensen. Its about the young TALENT you think we should just give away to other teams within the conference. Gimme a break dude. I'm sure you probably criticized Sather for getting into these high profile deals which sacrificed the future of the organization, but turn around and offer that up as a trade. Apparently it doesn't matter that we're building a winning organization. We need to win NOW, and make another second round exit from the playoffs. Forget a dynasty or a playoff contender year in and year out.

Dave G said...

Rozsival without a doubt and maybe white if he makes the roster and plays like a melon.

Who do you think will surprise the fans this season the most? I reckon Kennedy and artie could make a splash for some obscure reason...

KCinMN said...

There won't be any boo-ing as long as Rosie STAYS on the bench during the power play!

And fans are going to love Boogaard!

John said...

My bet is that the "Fire Sather" chants will trump any p;layer boos. I don't think the Garden will boo Boogaard. Have you seen his fights? The first time he shatters someone's helmet he will go down in Rangers lore. Besides, booing Boogaard will just sound like affection, as it was with Beukaboom ;-)