My “story in today’s paper”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060920/SPORTS01/609200367/1046/SPORTS looks at the rare luxury the Rangers have in fielding two teams to start the preseason, this the result of actually having too many prospects they want to look at.
And to think, this is the same organization that once brought you the ill-fated acqusitions of Theo Fleury, Pavel Bure, and Kevin Stevens (full disclosure: you will likely never hear me say anything derogatory about the Rangers signing Wayne Gretzky, mainly because the Great One was far and away my favorite athlete growing up. I know that’s fairly amateur-ish, but that’s why I’ve always felt fortunate that I didn’t really cover Gretzky much while he was playing).
My goal with Rangers coverage this year is not to be some sort of organizational cheerleader, but I do think the team should be commended for what it’s done in turning things around on that front.
I get the sense from fans that there is more excitement about a prospect like Brandon Dubinsky than there is about some of the more established players. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the team has the potential to win now as well. But even losing is palatable when you know it might sow the seeds for the future.
Anyway, plenty more to discuss later. I’m off to the morning skate…