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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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Nicholas was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the Blueshirts at the halfway point of the season.
PH: At the half-way point of the NHL season, what are some of your general thoughts on the New York Rangers?
NM: I think the New York Rangers have taken many by surprise so far this season. They’ve established an identity as a hard-working hockey club that will bring a consistent effort on most nights. They are not skilled like the Penguins or Capitals, but they have coped with that by feeding off of energy and effort. The Rangers are finally fun to watch because they can skate with every team in the league. They’ve been in playoff position for majority of the year, so I would look out for this team come April.
From great friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:
Today, August 17, we are exactly one month away from the opening of training camp for the New York Rangers. It has been approximately four months since we have watched our beloved Blueshirts take the ice at Madison Square Garden, and I know I speak on behalf of the entire fanbase when I say it has been a very lengthy and depressing four months to endure. The Rangers’ off-season has not been overly exciting, there has not been the usual stream of legitimate rumors surrounding the team for us to sink our teeth in, and overall it has been one of the worst summers as a Ranger fan since the lockout. Not making the playoffs hurts, and it hurts for a long period of time. Hence the reason we are still feeling the pain.
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Nicholas was kind enough to take time out of his summer schedule to give us his thoughts on the Alexander Frolov signing as well his thoughts on other Blueshirt topics:
PH: What do you think of the Alexander Frolov signing?
NM: I think the signing of Alexander Frolov was something that GM Glen Sather had to do in order to get his team (possibly) in the playoffs. Without him this year’s team would be fairly identical to that of 2009-10. As far as terms go, Slats got him at a bargain price and signing him for just a year was also a clever move.
PH: How tough was it for the Blueshirts to lose a point to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night in Toronto?
NM: Not being able to capture a point in that game is already beginning to come back and bite the Rangers in the behind. With the Flyers defeating the Devils on Sunday and moving ahead of the Blueshirts by six points, New York really has to kick it into gear if they want to make it before they fall out of reach. If the Rangers lose against the Islanders, I am pretty convinced that their season will be over.
PH: How does a team recover from a loss like that and keep their confidence up that they can still make the playoffs?
NM: They need to forget it right away. That game isn’t going to help them anymore and all that is important right now is theirmatch-up with the Islanders. Henrik Lundqvist is mentally stable and has a focused train of thought, so I am not too worried about him as far as letting in the flukey tying goal to Tomas Kaberle on Saturday goes. As for the defense, they need to regroup and play much better in the final seven. The Rangers blue-line had a complete collapse in overtime, which led to their downfall.