Found July 27, 2012 on The Prospect Park:
(New York Rangers) Okay, first things first as I'm not going to pull a Rex Ryan and announce that the New York Rangers have won the Stanley Cup in August. Last year when the coach of the New York Jets made such a ridiculous statement that it almost guaranteed the failures the Jets had.

But unlike Rex, I can say that I'm really excited about the upcoming season and that I am praying with everything that I have that there isn't any kind of labor stoppage. I'm not going to guarantee that the Rangers will win the Stanley Cup, but I will say that for the first time in almost 20 years that they should be considered one of the top contenders.

Yes there's a long road ahead but we can dream about next spring, we have earned the right to entertain the thoughts of a championship run. I'm not going to sit here and say that 29 other teams are going to simply roll over and let the Rangers win the cup.

But I can sit here and say that I like what I see so far from the roster. The week started with the news of the Rick Nash trade and it looks like it's going to end with the positive reports of Michael Sauer's health progress.

As much as the addition of Rick Nash helps improve the Rangers chances; a healthy Michael Sauer makes an already good defense that much stronger. The reports say that Sauer is making serious progress and could possibly report for training camp on time.

Michael Sauer gives the Rangers the luxury of three strong defensive pairs and it gives John Tortorella options on how to use the blue line corps. The best option has to be being able to spread the minutes out evenly so everybody remains fresh.

Signing Anton Stralman to a two-year contract with a very friendly $1.7 million annual cap hit helps as much off the ice as it does on the ice. Anton Stralman, even if he's used in the third pair will be buying the Rangers time to develop their kiddie defensive prospects.

With Michael Del Zotto as the last player that the Rangers need to address; the Rangers can give Del Zotto the exact same contract that they gave Stralman and still have close to $10 million in open salary cap.

I know that many a Ranger fan would like to see the Rangers signed either Shane Doan or Jason Arnott, but not me. I would rather see the Rangers give one of their kids a chance to earn a job in training camp then add any more players who are over 35.

If the kids don't make it then you still have the available salary cap room to make trades during the season that normally the Rangers have not been able to afford. This would be the first year since the salary cap was started that the Rangers have not already spent to the limit.

I for one don't have a problem starting the season with what they have right now and waiting to see which teams fall out of the playoff race early. Given the choice of Glen Sather making trades or signing free agents, please, pretty please give me a Glen Sather trade any day.

When I look at the rest of the Eastern Conference then I am not afraid of any other team in the conference. It's more than adding Rick Nash to the roster as you're also adding Chris Kreider and starting the season with Carl Hagelin.

No offense to Brandon Dubinsky or any of the departed players but even with Gaborik out injured; this is a much more potent attack than you had last year to start the season.

So forgive me if I want to dream that tomorrow is September 21st and the New York Rangers are reporting to training camp. It's been way too long since Ranger fans have had a real reason to be excited about what was ahead.

Let me dream today about tomorrow as I've been waiting for this moment for too long a time.


THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Rex Ryan is the best defensive coach in football according to Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan is a talker. That’s just what he does. Whether it’s proclaiming the Jets to be the favorites to win the Super Bowl or flat out guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory, talking (and being wrong) is just his thing. So it shouldn’t surprise you that he’s starting off this season talking once again. But this time, he’s shying away from the team orientated declarations. Guess...

New York Jets: A Comeback Year For Rex Ryan?

TJ Rosenthal gives a closer look at what the New York Jets need from their head coach in 2012. Make sure you are following TJ both here and here. And if you didn’t read them yet, check out his interviews with Evan Silva and Connie Carberg.  For three seasons Rex Ryan thumped his chest. Guaranteeing Super Bowls in restaurants, at Knicks games, and hockey games, and probably even...

Jets hit camp eager to move on from last season

Rex Ryan knows the pressure's on him and his team to prove that last year's disappointing season was merely a bump in the road. The New York Jets reported for training camp Thursday at SUNY Cortland refreshed and eager to get started on what they hope is a special season. Ryan says his biggest task is to build a team over the next 45 days ''that's in a certain...

Rex Ryan goes from Nutrisystem to Tebowsystem

In hindsight, I’m sure he would have rather only lost 15 games with Sanchez.

Rex Ryan to Santonio: Keep quiet on Tebow-Sanchez controversy

Everyone at the New York Jets' opening day of training camp Thursday was on their best behavior and Rex Ryan intends to keep it that way.  The team— which seems to have more dramas than an episode of "Dallas"— has a quarterback controversy ready to boil over and the head coach wants his players— specifically Santonio Holmes— to turn down the heat. Ryan publicly...

Osi Umenyiora says Rex Ryan has learned his lesson

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora indicated that they weren’t too happy about all of bold predictions that Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s made last season before they played the Jets on Christmas Eve. “I didn’t play that game but I was in the meetings and all that stuff, man, they didn’t like that at all,’’ Umenyiora said Tuesday on WFAN, making the media rounds...

Rex Ryan Says He Wants Santonio Holmes 'Not to Be the Offensive Coordinator' After Quarterback Comments

Santonio Holmes is stirring the pot again. Rex Ryan is telling him to shut it. Ryan spoke out against Holmes on Thursday, saying he'd prefer that the Jets wide receiver take care of his own game rather than comment on New York's highly publicized quarterback position, according to ESPN New York. Holmes told the NFL Network last week that he didn't like the idea of a two...

Osi Umenyiora thinks Rex Ryan has finally learned his lesson

Getty Images New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora indicated that they weren’t too happy about all of bold predictions that Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s made last season before they played the Jets on Christmas Eve. “I didn’t play that game but I was in the meetings and all that stuff, man, they didn’t like that at all,’’ Umenyiora said Tuesday on WFAN, making...

Interchangeable Parts Offer Jets Offense More Than Just Ground-and-Pound

Cortland, NY - There are a lot of question marks surrounding the Jets offense, but the riddle opposing defenses should focus on solving is who will line up on what part of the field and when. The Jets receivers consist of Santonio Holmes and bunch of unproven talent, but the key to unlocking their maximum potential as a group is the multiple looks they can give defenses and it starts...

The Jets try to Get Back that Winning Feeling

  He may have lost a hundred pounds but he’s still the same Rex Perhaps no team comes into the 2012-13 season with more questions than the New York Jets.  After collapsing at the end of last season they knew they had many issues to address. They had fighting between the players, a quarterback that had taken a big step back in his third year, an offensive line that couldn’t...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.