After seeing my favorite baseball team lose yet another player to the insatiable injury bug I turned to the blogosphere to gain some levity on what has become the summer of Flushing Meadows’ discontent. An irritated yet by no means apathetic commentator quipped that the karmic justice to such a miserable season should be 4 straight championships with crucial victories over the team’s fiercest rivals. Which got me to thinking…
Spanning the entirety of my Rangers fanhood — I am 29 so this does not span quite as long as many of you — the Rangers have never been considered a dynasty-worthy team. They may have possessed some of the requisite players to create a perpetual contender with Messier, Leetch, Richter and Zubov forming a solid core of talent and leadership; however even the 1994 team had every bit the look of a classic “one and done” team. The late 90’s and the first half of this decade of course seemed to be a cautionary tale of what happens when a team hires mercenaries rather than recruit and train their own soldiers.
The past few seasons have shown that the organization is not completely averse to building with internally developed personnel. Of course there are major and obvious exceptions, however market forces provide some constraints to utter and complete profligacy. As a result the franchise is arguably in a better position to build a team that can achieve sustainable success and perhaps challenge for the ultimate prize.
Now a question to you the most faithful of loyal Blueshirts fans: Within reason (given the current and projected talent on the roster as well as that of the competition) if the Rangers found themselves with a potential dynasty in the not so distant future, what frequency of winning — and just for fun what opponents would you like to see bested in order to offset the frustrations of following a team whose misses far outnumber its hits?
(I admit it’s a tad verbose … However given that Devils fans love to taunt the Rangers about their success since 1994 and while their argument grows staler by the year, Islander fans will point to the early 80’s, I can only imagine the amount of delight Rangers fans would take in seeing something akin to what Detroit has done in the last dozen years.)