by Patrick Hoffman on 04/25/11 at 03:49 PM ET
There is always a state of emotion to overcome when your team’s season comes to an end, whether it is after Game 82 of the regular season or after being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Anguish is the word that comes to mind since saying good-bye to a team you’ve spent almost seven months following is like breaking up with a longtime companion. Along with the break-up often comes frustration and enmity because the one you are breaking up with likely did not meet your expectations or what you had hoped they would accomplish.
While watching the Rangers have their 2010-11 season terminated Saturday evening in Washington certainly was sad, it was not something many of us were angry about like we were after they failed to make the playoffs the prior season. That may have been because their fate was pretty much confirmed after the double overtime loss in Game 4, but I also think it was for another reason as well. A reason that, in years past, may not have been applicable to other Ranger squads we’ve watched come and go.
The Rangers were not expected to do very much damage in the NHL this season. Their roster was criticized from day one, many felt goaltender Henrik Lundqvist wouldn’t be able to handle the workload that was coming his way and The Hockey News even went as far as to say that the Rangers would miss the playoffs for a second straight year and finish in thirteenth place in the Conference. So from an early stage, the bar was set considerably low for the New York Rangers going into the season.
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