The Rangers need only to get through tonight against the Lightning and then maybe they can take a couple of days over Christmas to catch their collective breath.
Again, I’m only viewing from afar these days, but one would imagine they’ll get some bodies — i.e. Michael Nylander and Henrik Lundqvist — back tonight, and then have everyone healthy in time for a third meeting with the Islanders on Tuesday (meanwhile, you know things are awry when you’re pining for Marek Malik).
Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m of the belief that this particular swoon — while perhaps symptomatic of larger problems — is something the team can not only emerge from, but even learn from. But that might be the overly optimistic vacation side of me talking. And no, I haven’t started in on the egg nog yet (emphasis on “yet”).
As for the Rangers possible pursuit of Martin Rucinsky, I wish I had something to add there, but I don’t. Word is they’re also taking to Rod Gilbert about coming out of retirement to kickstart the power play.
I suppose that’d be one way to make everyone else look younger…