I wrote an analysis piece on the Rangers season for today’s paper that “you can read here.”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080506/SPORTS01/805060388/-1/SPORTS
A brief summary: Yes, 2007-08 was a disappointment. Yes, the Rangers face some difficult questions ahead. But given the investment made in a core of young players this season, you can’t call the year a complete failure either.
Meanwhile, some other links:
<li>A couple of other writers have floated the “idea of the Rangers pursuing Marian Hossa”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/sports/hockey/06rangers.html in the offseason.
There was a time — say, two weeks ago — when I would have said absolutely not given Hossa’s penchant for checking out during the playoffs.
But I was obviously impressed in this past series. And there’s no question the Rangers need someone to play with Scott Gomez next season. But consider me still on the fence.
<li>And speaking of wings for Gomez, Sean Avery is alive and well and tells Larry Brooks he “wants to come back next season”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/05062008/sports/rangers/i_thought_i_was_done_109656.htm.
“I bleed Ranger blue,” Avery said, a metaphor that takes on an even deeper meaning seeing how he was bleeding a lot these past few days.
No one questions that Avery is a valuable player to the Rangers. But the question is how valuable. Because if he’s really seeking the type of deal the Flyers gave to Scott Hartnell — six years at more than $4 million per — the contract negotiations might be a stumbling block.
More from break-up day later…