I’ve been thinking all night and all morning, what the heck do I write today? That the Rangers are going to recall a defenseman from Hartford? Like that’s going to matter? Or that maybe Nigel Dawes is going back into the lineup?
I know only this: It’s not going to be pleasant at MSG tomorrow night, and the Rangers better not fall behind early, or at any time, and better not let the Islanders—who right now are playing better and who have a couple of players playing legitimately better than any of the Rangers’ top five forwards—beat them.
And I know that a lot of you are torn between rooting for the Rangers and rooting for them to lose so there will be wholesale changes, and that some of you are obsessed with the coach’s firing to the point where you can’t or won’t see how bad this roster is and how dead-in-the-water the organization is in terms of salary cap and thus flexibility to fix anything.
But, geez, what else can you say? And how many times can you say it?
One of the commentors noted that the blogger who poses as the president/GM of the New York Rangers took some shots at me. Then I realized, this is a compliment. So thank you. But it’s spelled Carpiniello.
Some thoughts after that mighty loss in St. Loo:
1) While thinking about the implications of Paul Mara’s shoulder injury, you consider that the Rangers have been remarkably healthy this year. And the first reaction to that is, well, you don’t get hurt when you stay out of the corners and above the circles.
Second reaction: What would this team and its record look like if it had even an average number of injuries? Maybe it would be better off if some of the skating-dead had been sidelined and some younger, fresher, caring players had to be recalled. Couldn’t have been much worse the last three weeks.
2) For the first time since I took over this blog, I’m going to say something nice about Scott Gomez and Wade Redden. I thought, in St. Loo, Gomez got involved a lot more than he has the last three weeks. He took a couple of hits to make plays and he got in Keith Tkachuk’s face at the first-period buzzer, and that’s how he used to play as a Devil. Get dirty to make a play. Redden … well, he is a good passer. He really is. That doesn’t nearly absolve him from all the other deficiencies he’s shown, particularly in the concentration and passion departments. But he is a good passer.
3) Aaron Voros. My, goodness, man, stay down. That was a frightful beating, and I thought that after Voros got tagged that he was obviously hurt or disoriented and I thought the linesmen should have stepped in at that point. He could have been seriously injured. But you have to give the guy at least a little credit for caring after being benched the game before.
4) How many years will it take for Versus to figure out how to televise a hockey game? How many Versus employees does it take to change a light bulb?
This telecast was dreadful, just as was NBC’s on Sunday. Replays? What are replays? Does anybody realize that the NFL is a multi-billion dollar industry not because it sells out its 16-game season, but because of the way its games are televised. Because it goes by the more-is-better theory. In other words, if there’s a play worth seeing, then it’s worth seeing again and again and again. I still haven’t seen two of the goals from Sunday’s game, or one of the goals last night, actually go into the net.
There seemed to be some question on Korpikoski’s goal, a delayed but emphatic “goal” signal by the referee. And surely it was reviewed in the booth and in Toronto. But not in our living rooms. How about that overhead shot that’s set up in every NHL arena? Why not show us that?
And VS. play-by-play guy Joe Beninati is a real amateur. I mean, he does well enough when describing the plays, but the cliches? Every rookie is a freshman. Goals are tallies. Assists are helpers. Periods are frames or sessions. Defensemen are backliners. It goes on and on. Then, it’s not bad enough that he has to say “on Versus” every 12 seconds—as if that’s going to make us watch Versus more often than we have to—but he also repeats the name of the arena, as if Scottrade, in this case, is paying him and not the Blues, millions for naming rights.
Makes you appreciate the play-by-play guys we have around here.
5) I still think that Sather might wait out the entire season to decide on a coaching change. I really do. And I think that might be a good thing, because I don’t have any faith in his ability to hire the next guy. Likewise, could you imagine if Sather was ever actually fired (never happen)? Imagine Jimmy Dolan conducting a search for a GM? OMG.
6) Did I mention I hate the shootout?
Now please excuse me. I have to go watch A-Roid lie.