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by Paul on 10/09/13 at 07:15 PM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
... Well, after a lousy training camp, a lousy opening game in Phoenix and this monstrosity in San Jose, the burden of proof is on the Rangers to prove they can respond to Vigneault’s alternate approach.
It is up to them to prove they can handle the responsibilities that accompany freedom.
You want to say they’re neither big enough nor fast enough to contend for a Stanley Cup? Fair enough. They aren’t. But that’s no excuse for a deficient work ethic.
Dan Girardi has been miserable and so has Michael Del Zotto. Ryan McDonagh was almost unbelievably bad in San Jose. John Moore’s start explains why the Blue Jackets were willing to trade him. The Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello-Benoit Pouliot line is way too cute for its own good. Dominic Moore has been dreadful at times. Derek Stepan doesn’t appear ready.
And Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t been himself, pretty much since the beginning of training camp. Is it fair to wonder whether the inability to complete negotiations on a contract has had an effect on him? Sure it is.
Management is essentially worrying about how effective their franchise player is going to be in 2020-21. Are you kidding me? The Rangers have won once going on 74 years and they’re concerned about Lundqvist’s cap hit seven years down the road?
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