Who’d have ever thought we’d see the day…..that the Islanders would score two shorthanded goals in the third period?
Apparently the election “was sort of a big deal, too”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/us/politics/05elect.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin.
In fact, when Barack Obama promises that “change is coming,” is it possible he’s referring to the Rangers power play?
Probably not (OK, definitely not) but the question is again worth asking if the Rangers have the personnel to ever feature more than a middling power play? It’s a worrisome thought when you consider the five players who comprise the top man advantage unit will be making close to $30 million in combined salary in 2008-09.
But even all that has been invested in those players, it’s still possible that the Rangers are lacking an elite finisher who would bury some of the chances that were created last night. And this is to say nothing of the two men at the point, one who seems to have regressed since last season, and another who has fallen short of what was hoped for when he signed a $39 million over the summer. (Meanwhile, let’s not pin this on the loss of Jagr, Shanahan, and Straka since in reality, the Rangers had a mediocre power player last season, too).
Of course, let’s not panic, either. Truth is outside of Markus Naslund, who has arguably been the best player in a Rangers sweater the last two weeks, everyone from Chris Drury and Scott Gomez to Michal Rozsvial and Wade Redden has plenty of room for improvement. The Rangers have lost two straight, but they also had plenty of opportunities to win both of those games, and they’ve still won 10 of their first 15.
If you’re turning on this team now, you obviously don’t have a grasp of the trials and turns of an 82-game schedule. You have the right to be concerned. But as you’ve probably heard plenty of these past few days, now is the hardly time to be giving up hope.
More from practice later…