Found August 30, 2012 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Are we really still in August? Hands up who thinks the season starts on time. Anyone? No one? Ok, let’s just muse a little. I read this about the CBA discussions on Wednesday: “The league’s Tuesday proposal didn’t address team revenue sharing”. I can’t imagine which owners must be the drivers behind this area; *cough* Ed Snider *cough*… A reason for optimism regarding the Rangers future is the recent, sustained ability to find unwanted players around the league and make them useful roster parts. No one will miss John Mitchell or Steve Eminger and certainly no one will miss Erik Christensen going forward. Perhaps no one will notice next season when Stu Bickel mows through the press box buffet offerings but the Rangers continue to find players for almost little cost that contribute to the team. It’s not always about high draft picks or spectacular trades it’s about the hidden gems and unheralded players a team uncovers. Ask Dan Girardi. Paging Michael Del Zotto….. Just a thought: Is there a direct highway/passage/tunnel from Wisconsin University to Madison Square Garden? If Carl Hagelin manages to work his way on to the top six next season is it because he’s stepped up in the face of the competition or because someone has underperformed? There appears to be brutal competition for elusive top six ice time, but I’m an optimist – if he gets legitimate ice time with the big boys it’s because he’s earned it. I wonder if Steve Eminger – didn’t think I’d name him twice in an article ever again – will have to move to Europe to continue his career. Beset by injury and ‘homeless’, I don’t see a fit for the now former Ranger. Calder trophy time; if previous Rangers winners are any indication of or omen for a successful career let’s will Chris Kreider to the trophy. Among previous Ranger winners are Brian Leetch (obviously) in 1989, Steve Vickers, Gump Worsley, Camille Henry and Edgar Laparade. That’s a pretty impressive roll call of players.  Has a Ranger prospect had a better chance than Kreider since Leetch? Possibly not One interesting aspect for Rangers fans to watch this summer is whether, thanks to the CBA discussions, any Rangers players sign on for foreign teams in the next few weeks. Rick Nash and his agent have already denied reports he’ll return to Switzerland but if the CBA drags out it wouldn’t be a surprise to see many players confirm back up plans in case of work stoppages. By all accounts Evgeni Malkin is talking to Russian clubs so players are clearly thinking down these lines. Would you follow the progress of the Rangers players abroad? If the CBA cuts into the preseason, the NFL preseason teaches us one thing: it is a farce and isn’t needed. Hardly any first teamers, games of no consequence and with training camps and large coaching teams on hand, do professional sports teams even need long pre-seasons anymore? The point is this; worry less about September 15th deadline than the actual regular season kick off date. Apparently Shane Doan’s decision on where he’ll sign is coming early September. I’m not sure I care anymore. I really don’t see the Rangers as a legitimate option unless he leaves millions on the table. Question Time:
  • Would you like Doan on the Rangers if it meant eating into prospects’ ice time?
  • How many games (based on a full season) will Henrik Lundqvist start?
  • How many 50 point scorers will the Rangers have?
  • Would you invite a guy like Alexei Kovalev to camp as a try out?
  • Which former Ranger will be a bigger thorn in the Rangers’ side this season?
  • Will the Rangers have a 10 goal defenseman this year?
  • Rangers’ powerplay: top ten or underperform?
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