Talk about being massively top heavy.
No, this doesn't refer to the spurious MSG management.
However, the NY Rangers have blown more cash on fewer quality players for next season compared to all the other teams in the league.
Consider these salary cap numbers currently on the books for the 2009-10 season:
- Boston Bruins: 14 players signed, $42,645,833
- Buffalo Sabres: 14 players signed, $41,188,690
- Calgary Flames: 15 players signed, $42,649,167
- Carolina Hurricanes: 16 players signed, $46,566,667
- Colorado Avalanche: 13 players signed, $42, 075,000
- Detroit Red Wings: 14 players signed, $41, 216, 666
- Edmonton Oilers: 17 players signed, $43, 495, 833
- New York Rangers: 9 players signed, $41,158,810
- Ottawa Senators: 18 players signed: $44, 038,996
- Philadelphia Flyers: 19 players signed: $45, 940,833
- Pittsburgh Penguins: 13 players signed, $47, 610,000
- San Jose Sharks: 13 players signed, $46,750,834
- Toronto Maple Leafs: 17 players signed, $44, 523,333
- Washington Capitals: 14 players signed, $42,471,796
Note that no NHL team, other than the NY Rangers, on the above list of salary cap challenged teams, has fewer than thirteen players signed for their $41+ million.
The Rangers only got nine players for the big bucks. One of whom, Pat Rissmiller, is playing for Hartford. How many of those nine players went to the All-Star game? One.
The Rangers get no bang for their buck. This is the ultimate pickle going forward.
Spector's blog: Potential Cap Problems for Some NHL Teams.
Will Mess return to clean up the mess?
The Blue Seats passes along some hope. Messier into management?
The Edmonton Journal reports "With Steve Yzerman in charge of Canada's 2010 Olympic team and contemporaries Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Brett Hull, Cam Neely and Guy Carbonneau either behind NHL benches or learning the ropes in management, you get the feeling [Mark] Messier, who just turned 48, wants to be part of a team again, too.The Dark Ranger worries that Lundqvist's rough second period at the All-Star game bodes ill.
"It'll probably be the Rangers New York Rangers ."
What alarmed me the most about the ones that got past Henrik, was that about 5 of 6 were over the pads. Now there will be many that disagree with me but I remember a King in a breakout season, that was never this weak up high. A better glove and an aggressive willingness to come out of the net, piled onto some already amazing butterfly goaltending ... all that had Kevin Weekes out of a job. What happened? Well its anyone's guess...Rob at the NY Examiner also worries about the weakness on the high side:
Something a little more unnerving, especially for Rangers fans, is the fact that all six goals beat Lundqvist high. This is perhaps his greatest weakness, which is now spreading around the NHL faster than Commissioner Gary Bettman can ruin the sport of hockey.SlapShot slaps down the scatter-brained coverage of the All-Star game by Versus.
All-Star Games are goalfests. If someone thought they could squeeze all this in and not take away from the action, they’d either never seen an All-Star Game before or are so focused on making the event appear IMPORTANT on TV with all the people running around the Bell Centre holding microphones that the truly important stuff gets lost.
Time and again, great plays went undescribed as they happened, only to be summarized — sometimes — after they happened. That unmatched skill is the only reason to watch an All-Star Game! But rather than amplify it, someone in charge thought it was better to obscure it. It’s supposed to be a showcase event, it’s supposed to attract new viewers, but the showcase is broken and new viewers are unlikely to be attracted to this mess...