Who Dat gonna beat them Rangers (out of a playoff spot)?
You know I like to sprinkle in the good with the bad, the positive with the negative. Right?
Well, we talked the other day about how the Rangers are right in the thick of the race, and how there’s nobody going to run and hide from everybody else in the race. (and how pathetic that race actually is).
So that’s the good, right?
Here’s the bad news I have for you: The fact that the Rangers just got four out of a possible 18 points and are today tied for ninth in the Least means one thing to me:
They’re going to be buyers, not sellers, at the deadline. Most of you don’t want to hear that.
And by buyers, I don’t mean trading top prospects and top draft picks for washed-up rentals. I mean buyers, like last year, when they shed some players they weren’t going to re-sign for better players they weren’t going to re-sign, in an attempt to beef up for the playoff run. I don’t know, for example, that they will now try to dish off an Olli Jokinen for prospects/younger players/picks, even though he will go unrestricted in July and not be re-signed. I don’t know that they will try to unload the only one of their remaining albatross contracts—Michal Rozsival’s—that might have some value to a contending team at the deadline.
Instead, I think they’ll be trying to get people like Raffi Torres from Columbus, even if they have to give up another second-rounder, as they did last year with Nik Antropov.
I think they will make this team marginally better in a hell-bent effort to make the playoffs and to have a chance of winning one series.
In other words, spinning their wheels again.
By the way, there are three games before the Olympic break, one more (at Ottawa) after the Olympics and the day before the trade deadline, then 19 after the deadline.
On another note, did you hear Ken Daneyko’s damning remarks about Sheldon Souray on the MSG hockey show Saturday? Daneyko twice suggested that winning is not necessarily Souray’s top priority. Wow. Daneyko played with Souray. I would take those words to heart if I were an interested GM.