Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/22/12

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01: Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is pushed by Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers during their preseason game on October 1, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
We know Ryan McDonagh is back in the US and we know Carl Hagelin has terminated his deal with his hometown team back in Sweden. We also know Rick Nash has had his own injury issues despite scoring at an impressive rate in Switzerland. It goes without saying that the NHL is the best league in the world when they’re actually playing hockey. So why then are so many Rangers players struggling to adapt to playing in inferior leagues with inferior players? Rick Nash aside, and perhaps Hagelin – although in Sweden’s second tier, don’t forget – no Ranger has exactly set the world alight in Europe thus far. In one way it’s hard to be overly critical. After all with little practice time, familiarisation to their clubs, their leagues’ playing style and teammates and a lack of long term perspective (given the short term deals struck with clubs) there isn’t a great basis for success for players heading to Europe. Again, to be fair it’s not just Rangers players that have failed to make a signific...
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