To borrow one of Tom Renney’s pet phrases, the Rangers are “down to the short strokes” of their preseason, and as “I noted in my story today”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070927/SPORTS01/709270371/1046/RSS0905, it’s not a moment too soon. For all the benefits of having a surplus of promising prospects in camp — meaning, it sure beats having no promising prospects — the downside is it muddies the process of preparing for the season ahead.
Hard as it is to believe, though, the Rangers are further along in their preparation process than they were a year ago, when they had more players in camp, and two important players — Jaromir Jagr and Michal Rozsival — could hardly participate because of injury. Yes, the Rangers have been steamrolled twice in three games, and no, it’s not just a reflection of their lineup but also some systematic breakdowns. But as opposed to last year, when they cruised through the exhibition schedule, this year the Rangers won’t be headed into the opener with a false sense of security.
In other words, better to be dealing with it now.
Meanwhile, some remaining questions:
Lot of other questions, and thankfully, we still have a week to answer them. But for now, a quick programming note: I have a golf assignment today which means I won’t likely be updating until later. If that changes and Josh can potentially jump in, I’ll let you know.