I meant to post this before the game last night, but it may apply even more now.
Some of you have made the point that the best thing the Rangers could do right now is descend into the toilet as quickly as possible, which would make easier the decision to become sellers, which would in turn expedite the process of tooling up for next season.
I’m not going to question your loyalty as fans. Truth is, that sort of long-term global view may be of the most sophisticated supporters of all (I liken it to the guy who takes his horse out back to shoot him because he doesn’t want to see him suffer).
And yet having said all that, I don’t see where the fun is.
Look, I don’t think anyone here is misguided enough to think this team right now is much of a Cup contender. The Rangers are maddeningly inconsistent, might well miss the playoffs, and would be, in my view at least, foolish to make any dramatic deadline deals that might compromise their future (sorry, Foppa).
And yet, here’s the other side to consider: other than Ottawa, which also looks vulnerable on occasion, what teams in the Eastern Conference really scare you? The Flyers team that the Rangers dismantled last night? The Devils team that is winless thus far against the Rangers and Islanders combined?
Sure, Pittsburgh has crazy talent, but as devoted as I am to my fellow UNH Wildcats, how long can Ty Conklin keep up his Patrick Roy imitation?
The point isn’t that the Rangers are superior to any of those teams, because clearly right now they’re not. The point is, however, is that they’re not all far behind those teams, either. And given the late season resurgence we witnessed last season, I think it’s a bit premature to start swearing off the season.