It’s remarkable to me how quickly the Flyers went from a team that the Rangers were genuinely conncerned about—and “rightfully so”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061011/SPORTS01/610110377/1108/SPORTS01, it turns out—to a team that is “in utter disarray”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2634817.
Without the benefit of any real insight into what’s going on with our friends to the south, I’d have to imagine the abrupt departures of both Ken Hitchcock and Bobby Clarke can be attributed to much more than a listless start. Because I’m still of the belief that at this early stage in the season, a team has plenty of time to find itself.
Rangers fans, keep this in mind. Your team is 4-4 and has so far played mostly mediocre hockey. To be sure, there is plenty of room for growth. But they’re still a lot better off than the Flyers.