Let’s get this straight, the Rangers get all four goals from defensemen—including the game-winner from Jason Strudwick—and now, according to Dellapina, “they’re set to open next season in Prague”:http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/?
Please, one thing at a time. The system can only take so much.
I love the Prague idea, not only because the Czech capital is supposed to be beautiful and it’s a natural for the Rangers, but because maybe that’s the clincher in getting Michal Rozsival to re-sign with the Rangers for next season (not to mention Jaromir Jagr returning for his option year; maybe even UFA Martin Straka, too). It’s becoming more and more apparent that that needs to be a priority.
As for the four Rangers goals last night, bear in mind this is what Tom Renney had in mind last season when he looked at how the Carolina Hurricanes won the first post-lockout Stanley Cup and saw that the best teams had their defensemen consistently joining the play.
Of course, that’s a little bit more difficult when Darius Kasparaitis and Aaron Ward are on your back end. And while Jason Strudwick—Jason Strudwick!—might not fit the template, it shows if even he can find the back of the net, the system can work. The key, of course, is to not get burned at the other end, but with the Rangers forwards committed to coming back, it’s less of a risk.
Meanwhile, congratulations to Strudwick, who we’ve said here before is a great guy, and who actually has been pretty steady for the Rangers all season.
That’s five in a row and sole possession of first place if you’re keeping score at home. Next up, those pesky Islanders.