Two days off, a game in which they didn’t expend too much energy, and then two more days off. Not bad work if you can get it.
Of course, this R&R (rest and relaxation, not to be confused with Redden and Rozsival) leads into the death march of the season starting with the Islanders trying to catch and pass the Rangers in the standings and in 3D! Then a six-game trip. Then a home game against Toronto. Then a home-and-home with the Flyers that might mean nothing to either team.
Good luck with that.
1) We’ve dissected and dissected this team’s roster, and we’ve only just begun. But for the sake of intelligent discussion, please don’t say “get rid of Drury” because he cannot be moved. And let’s not give up on the Anisimovs, Gilroys, Del Zottos or Grachevs, even the Staals or Dubinskys at this point. Even if they turn out to be busts, all of them, right now they are assets. Losing any of them without great return only makes the Rangers worse for the foreseeable future, not better.
2) It’s amazing that no matter how inept the Rangers are offensively — and they are — they continue to lose games defensively. That play on the first goal yesterday happens every period: Two defensemen on the same side of (or behind) the net, the forward coming back not recognizing the problem. This time it was Staal and Rozsival and the captain. The winning goal, granted, was the fault of a forward (Jokinen) and the goalie, who cannot allow a 25-foot back-hander to beat him, even with a screen or a deflection. As a former goalie, I do know that longer back-hand shots are trouble because you can’t read the release point or the target as well as a forehand shot. But still … Anyway, right after the winning goal, Del Zotto took a gamble he needed to take, resulting in a 3-on-1, on which Knees Girardi slid across to block the pass, didn’t block the pass, and forced the goalie to make an incredible save on the 2-on-zero. How many times have we seen that?
3) Most teams make these mistakes and hide them by being able to score goals.
4) The Bruins have scored fewer goals than the Rangers.
5) MSG Vault’s 1975 Rangers stuff last night was awesome footage, vs. Islanders and Bruins. When men were men, when boards were white, when players were slow and didn’t wear helmets, when goalies were normal-sized. Can’t beat Gordon and Chadwick.
The Rangers announced this today:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH
FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN LEE BALDWIN
New York, March 22, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Lee Baldwin.
Baldwin, 21, skated in 32 games with the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves this season, registering one goal and nine assists for 10 points, along with 51 penalty minutes. He ranked second among team freshman in assists and tied for third in points. Baldwin ranked sixth on the team overall and third among team defensemen in assists, fourth among team defensemen in points, and fifth on the Seawolves in penalty minutes. He registered his first collegiate point in his second game with two assists on October 9 vs. Mercyhurst. Baldwin notched his first career NCAA goal, and posted a career-high three points (one goal and two assists) and plus-three rating on November 7 vs. Denver.
Prior to joining the Seawolves, the 6-4, 205-pounder skated in 150 career British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) games over three seasons with the Burnaby Express and Victoria Grizzlies, recording 20 goals and 74 assists for 94 points, along with 174 penalty minutes. Baldwin enjoyed his finest BCHL season with the Grizzlies in 2008-09, establishing career-highs in goals (13), assists (41), points (54), power play goals (seven), shorthanded goals (one) and penalty minutes (79) to capture Team MVP and Top Defenseman honors while serving as an assistant captain for Victoria. The 2009 BCHL All Star also led the Grizzlies in plus/minus rating, and led all BCHL defensemen in points. In addition, Baldwin has registered five goals and 14 assists for 19 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 33 career BCHL playoff games with Burnaby and Victoria.