Monday, February 25, 2013

Rangers Roundtable: Plumbing the Depths

One of our favorite Ranger bloggers, Scotty Hockey, along with some others sound off on what's wrong with the Rangers over at Puck Daddy, check it out.

What is wrong with the NY Rangers?
Puck Daddy Roundtable:
What’s wrong with the New York Rangers?
The New York Rangers aren’t a disaster.

They’re 8-7-2, sitting one point out of the No. 8 seed with a game in-hand over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Their goal differential is a minus-3. If there’s a major point of concern, it’s the offense: Their 41 goals puts them No. 25 in the NHL, while their 3.35 goals per game average is 23rd in the League.

But there’s a sense that this team has dramatically underachieved, based on last season’s 109-point pace and appearance in the Eastern Conference Final, as well as its addition of Rick Nash to an all-star roster.

What’s wrong with the Rangers? ...
SCOTTY HOCKEY: ... But one big reason for their current struggles is the Blueshirts shed a huge part of their emotional and physical core over the offseason, and their replacements have yet to step up. No team can give up a ton of grit and heart and think that some mercenaries, minor leaguers and children will be able to immediately fill the void...

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