What is this — optimism? Euphoria? I don’t get it.
Where is the despondence? The desperation? The sky-is-falling calls to trade the entire roster?
Remember what I said other day about how there wouldn’t be much to talk about on a Rangers blog if the team always just played smart, solid hockey? Well…..we’re still not at that point. But it’s remarkable how two games can change the entire tenor of the conversation.
Remarkable stuff: 3-1 road trip, 7-6 overall record. Don’t look now, but your “woefully slow, unfocused, defensively porous Rangers”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/31/black-halloween/ are “tied for first in the Atlantic Division”:http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=StandingsPage. Yes, I’m aware that on November 3, that means only slight more than the three goals I scored in warm-ups the other night. But if you were all worried not so long ago that the team was in shambles, maybe you can now reconsider.
Some stray thoughts:
Meanwhile, in other news, remember I said the other day that the Rangers front office might be busy “hunting for a defenseman”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/31/big-game-hunting/?
Actually, it was “pheasant hunting”:http://www.brooksbulletin.com/news/local_news.asp?itemid=58087. Seriously. I can’t make this stuff up.