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Another meeting … gosh darn it

Posted By Carp On August 1, 2011 @ 6:00 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 162 Comments

To borrow a term from one of our Boneheads (I apologize, but I can’t remember which one), I’ve got a meeting at Mr. Green’s office today, at one of my favorite meeting places—Centennial Golf Club in Carmel.

[1]Our colleague Kevin Allen over at USA Today wrote some pre-pre-pre-season predictions [2] including the following:

“5. The improved New York Rangers [3] and Buffalo Sabres [4] should be moving up in the Eastern Conference standings, although it’s difficult to project who is falling. The Washington Capitals? Penguins? Don’t see it, but some do.”
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It’s a great point. People are saying that the Rangers are now one of the top three or four teams in the East … which includes a stocked Washington; a Pittsburgh team that could have its two superstars back; a Philadelphia team that could go to the top or the bottom of the class after a confusing off-season; an extremely strong Tampa Bay squad; teams that played really well down the stretch last year in Montreal, Buffalo, and even Carolina and Toronto … plus, oh yeah, the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins.

Are the Rangers better? Hell yeah. Are they automatically a top-four team, or even a definite playoff team? I think they are the latter, but I wouldn’t bet the mortgage.
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[2] Kevin Allen over at USA Today wrote some pre-pre-pre-season predictions: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/columnist/allen/2011-07-31-early-nhl-pojections_n.htm

[3] New York Rangers: http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Organizations/Sports+Leagues/NHL/New+York+Rangers

[4] Buffalo Sabres: http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Organizations/Sports+Leagues/NHL/Buffalo+Sabres