by Patrick Hoffman on 09/11/10 at 04:00 PM ET
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, one of the best in the business, predicted on Thursday that the New York Rangers would finish 13th in the Eastern Conference.
He said the following:
Ah, the Rangers – a franchise I’m regularly accused of loathing. It isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean I can convince myself a team that brought in notorious non-difference-makers Alexander Frolov and Derek Boogaard will somehow have its fortunes boosted by them. Martin Biron is an upgrade behind Henrik Lundqvist; what isn’t clear at all is whether a team that was softer than melted pudding last year has suddenly grown a heart.
Obviously, not a very favorable take on the Blueshirts. While he pointed out that the Biron signing was a positive, everything else he said was negative.
It is easy to accuse Proteau and the publication of hating the Rangers, but what else did he have to work with? Given the team’s recent history, it’s easy to see what Proteau was basing his prediction off of.
I am not saying this because I support Proteau’s take. I actually think the Blueshirts will be better than 13th but at the same time, am not quite sure if the team will qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs come April.
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