We had heard the rumor a couple of days ago, now Larry Brooks is writing in the Post that Markus Naslund will retire from the Rangers—saving them some cap money and avoiding an inevitable buyout by doing so.
So the parade of change has begun.
Meanwhile, you keep getting reminded about how much has to change. Did you see last night that the Blackhawks have already had six playoff periods in which they’ve scored at least three goals? My God! It would take the Rangers two or three games to score three.
And the Rangers’ coaching staff and players would do awfully well to watch tape of how the Penguins, Capitals, Blackhawks and especially the Canucks work the 5-on-3, how to pass the puck in a box, how to align guys so they are always on their forehand. It was almost an automatic, fairly easy and very quick goal on every 5-on-3 I saw yesterday.
The Canucks, however, did display some of the worst down-low, around-the-net defensive play that I’ve seen since the Rangers had Kevin Hatcher.