Not 2K10. Not Two-Oh-10. Twenty-10.
Taking a short break from my Stooges/Honeymooners overdose …
Well, that was certainly better last night. It wasn’t perfect, but it was better. It couldn’t have been worse. But what the Rangers did in Raleigh further enforced my opinion of them. When they play their best, when the effort is good and the attention to detail is excellent, they are mediocre. They dominated a bad team. If they play that same game against Pittsburgh, they lose 3-2. Maybe 3-1. OK, some nights they will even beat really good teams. That’s pro sports. But over the course of 82, this team’s around .500 (maybe over .500 because of OTLs and skills competitions lost). It is a member of the considerable slop in the Leastern Conference, with a chance to make the playoffs, nothing more.
As many of you noted earlier, Larry Brooks took Sather to task, and challenged him to admit his mistakes and make some sweeping changes by sending Redden, Rozsival and Brashear to Hartford. I’ll say this. The Rangers wouldn’t be any worse without those guys. They probably wouldn’t be better, but for the good of the organization, for the example to the young players, Brooks is absolutely correct (again). Time for Sather to step up to the plate.
So, do you think Team USA still likes the skills competition as a way of deciding championship-tournament games?
Here are last night’s game summary and event summary. We’ll check in later at some point to discuss the Winter Classic and the selection of the US Olympic roster.