And now they move on to the real stuff … a week of work and rest, and then the season begins.
Was it just me, or was the preseason pretty entertaining for the Rangers? Maybe it was because they scored (and allowed) a ton of goals. Maybe that was it.
But I think, perhaps, it has to do with the fact that the Rangers sure looked different. They looked fresh and new, and that’s probably because there was no Redden, no Drury, almost no Rozsival, no Prospal. I’m not saying they’re better without those guys (though they are better off not having all of them, if you know what I mean).
I just think that having so much new blood on the ice, so many kids with energy, some speed, some skill, made the games better to watch. The Rangers forechecked better. They close gaps in the neutral zone better. They killed penalties wonderfully. They were far more physical. They took no crap from anybody.
It might have been a peek into what life would be like if the Rangers really did rebuild … now that they have some real prospects in the organizations. And it sure makes you wonder how much better this team will be if they keep some of those young, new players around after today and throughout the season.
No word on cuts yet. Will post when we get them, if we get them today.
Six days until Opening Night in Buffalo.
6: Mickey Mantle (that’s right, Mickey Mantle).
6: Bill Russell, Roy White, Clete Boyer, Joe Torre.
6: Doug Lidster. Bill Baker?