I’m back … temporarily … from my vacation. As always, I want to thank those who stepped in with guest blogs, and those who hung out here when nothing was happening.
But we’re getting closer now, closer to actual, you know, hockey.
And I’m still trying to figure out the Rangers. We’ll do more analysis and over-analysis as we go through camp and the preseason and preview the season.
In general, though, I am not sure that I’m convinced the 2010-11 team is much better, if at all, than the 2009-10 team. Let’s put that another way. I think the roster on Opening Night will be better than the roster on Opening Night last year. I don’t know if it’s better than the roster that walked off the ice in Philadelphia after the shootout.
Mats Zuccarello Aasen is still an unknown, who is going to get a legit shot. Alex Frolov could be a find, but he could be a Zherdev. Derek Boogaard is a better tough guy than they had last year, but I don’t think he can play even a little bit. We’ll find out quickly. Martin Biron is definitely an upgrade who should solve some late-season problems. And I’m not sure the additions of Todd White and Tim Kennedy are anything but sideways moves.
Sure I expect that kids like Anisimov and Del Zotto and perhaps Gilroy should be better, and that McDonagh is an upgrade, and maybe some other prospect makes the jump. And sure, once Wade Redden is jettisoned that should be addition by subtraction … though he might, right now, be better than whomever fits into the fifth and sixth defense slots if you can forget the idiotic contract he carries.
And of course I expect Marc Staal do to his Darrelle Revis and eventually sign. I’m certain that will happen, though it could take a while into camp.
So what do you guys think? Are they better right now than they were in Philly?
Thirty-three days until Opening Night.
33: Tony Dorsett and Duane Thomas.
33: Patrick Ewing and Larry Bird.
33: Bob Froese, Tony Amonte.
Now for a commercial break. Well, sort of. First, Ian Laperriere got his own commercial on Versus. Good guy, model hockey player. Good for him.
Finally, if you have a minute to kill, watch this commercial from the UK. It wasn’t made by an ad agency or a company, but by a citizen who wanted to make his point.