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:
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.
“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…