Well, a lot to discuss, and I’m not really sure where to start, which is why the podcast below may be helpful.
It’s a hearty 11 minutes, which is probably too long, but seeing how we cover this game, the Rangers future, and the season as a whole, my hope is it’s still worth your while.
Meanwhile, a few of you have asked about the future of the blog, which is a worthwhile question now that the season is over. The short answer is it’s not going anywhere. The long answer is it’s definitely not going anywhere in the next day or so since the Rangers don’t even have their official break-up day until Tuesday.
But I’ll have more on all of that tomorrow.
In the meantime, a few quick thoughts:
Whether there was a hangover effect from Friday or not, there was no question that the series turned on what happened in that game. The Rangers played a sloppy first two periods today perhaps because they were TOO desperate trying to save their and got caught deep in the zone time and again.
I am happy that the season is over from only one standpoint, and that is I get to spend more time with my family, which has been a tough balancing act on a number of fronts. But from a professional perspective, there is nothing better than covering the hockey playoffs. I was always told that. But I didn’t really believe it until I got to experience it. Naturally having such a faithful readership made it even better.
I’m reluctant to delve into the whole “what the Rangers should do in the off-season”question since that’s pretty much going to dominate conversation here over the next few months anyway. But to reiterate, the big question is Shanahan. Nylander made it clear he wants to stay and as long as Jagr is here, I’m assuming the Rangers will make it happen. But as we say in the podcast, Shanahan is far more complicated.
OK, I’m about to pack up my stuff at the Garden for the last time this season, then it’s off for a end of the line adult beverage. Carpie tried to rope me into a trip to Hubba’s. But I held him off like a pro.
Thanks to everyone out there. Until tomorrow….