Monday, August 10, 2009

Tales from the Dark Side

With NFL football's preseason underway - can the NHL be far behind? And in honor of football's return - we're going to play a little Monday Morning Quarterback

In other words - we're going to do some Ranger second-guessing - and look at the worries - the concerns - in short:, the dark side of our Ranger thoughts with the season just six weeks away. But because it's still summer and we believe in optimism in our life and our sports-rooting (and our blogs) we're going to balance all that negativity with a little positive energy. So here we go with - Ranger Dark Side-Bright Side:

The Dark Side: The Rangers, by essentially swapping Gomez for Gaborik on the salary cap - have gone from a team with a center who had no one to pass it to - to a team with someone to pass to but no Center to do it

The Bright side: This is much better than last year's predicament. Because Gaborik will get the puck sometimes - no matter who centers for him - and so he will get some shots of and will score some goals. And the Rangers can put something out there at Center - we have some talented guys on the roster who can adapt or grow into that role.

The Dark Side: Lundqvist appears to be getting worse each year

The Bright Side: Hank has been worn down by ex-coach Tom Renny's style, the Rangers defensive troubles, and simple over-use. John Tortorella will coach differently, keep the puck out of Hank's vicinity, rest him more, and will give him more leads to work with. All of that will take some pressure of the Swede and will result in a big bounce back year for our best player.


There - having faced a little darkness but still finding my way back to the light - I feel better now. And I hope some of you do also.

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