Between sifting through the comments on this blog and then sorting through the interviews from the rink today, I’ve come to realize that Rangers fans and the Rangers themselves are both delusional — and for completely different reasons.
First, the fans: You know I love you guys. I really do. And I’ve said all along this season that I’ve learned just as much from you as you’ve hopefully learned from me. And yet now with only 21 hours before the trade deadline, there are still some of who you think the Rangers are going to be major sellers — with everyone from Michael Nylander to Jaromir Jagr likely to be sent packing.
News flash: it ain’t going to happen. Whether it’s misguided or not, the Rangers still think they have a shot at making the playoffs with 20 games remaining, and are far more likely to try to upgrade in the hours ahead. I still believe the team isn’t going to part with any valuable prospects — i.e. Montoya, Dubinsky, Staal, etc. — in order to achieve those means. But to think they’re going to pack it in at this point in hopes of building for next year is off the mark.
And that brings me to my next point. I asked several players today whether they thought some reinforcements were needed to help push the team over the hump over the next few weeks. Their answer was they have all the talent they need, which may be its own departure from reality.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think looking at our games we should have beaten two teams in the last two games, holding 2-0 leads,Ã¢â‚¬? left wing Sean Avery said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In my mind thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our job in here. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve shown that we can come out and be beating teams. What weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to do is carry leads. So I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if the big blockbuster deal is necessarily going to do a lot. Guys have been together for a while on this team. We know what we have to do, and I think we have the guys who can do it.Ã¢â‚¬?
Look, like I said yesterday, I don’t think this team is about to pay an exhorbitant cost for a Bill Guerin or a Rob Blake, and I’m with you that I don’t think it should. But I also have a hard time imagining that it can do anything more than tread water over the next few weeks with the roster that it has.
More likely this team is going to do something before 3 tomorrow. And it’s going to be something with this season in mind.
And if not, you can call me the one delusional….