It’s Musings day and it’s truly the middle of the hockey low season. Little bits of Rangers’ related news comes out – on occasion – but not exactly over flowing with news. We’ll try our best though. Let’s get in to it.
JT Miller made the US evaluation camp then. There’s a camp to get to a camp to get to the team? Leave no stone unturned I guess. Good for him though. He’s clearly a good prospect who is positionally flexible. His flexibility may see him in NY sooner rather than later.
Partners in Crime: My friend who came to NY with me in January has paid up and decided to join me in Sweden for the Rangers weekend. That mean’s two things: We’re guaranteed horrible hangovers and the two of us are truly trying to conquer the world. It’ll be our fourth different continent together.
Brendan Bell, eh? He has some offensive upside and can score at both the AHL and NHL level and is a solid depth addition that cannot hurt the club. Almost certainly one for the AHL, but he could help the power play down there. I guess someone on the blue line may well start the year in the ECHL?
I think Brandon Prust breaks the 30 point barrier next season. Why? Because special teams will be better and I think the PK will be even more lethal. He’s also looking for a pay day.
End of an Era: When Alexi Kovalev finally signed on in the KHL, the last active Rangers cup winner left the NHL. Time for a new set yeah?
(Another) draft Bust: Even though he was only just inside the first round, when ex Islander Rob Schremp signed for MODO this week it was another huge talent that failed to make an NHL impact. Kid had unreal skill and is another in the line of draft disappointments like Patrick O’Sullivan.
NFL rant: I’m a Giants fan. After this pre-season I’m seriously considering switching allegiances. (No, not to the Jets, Becky…) Seriously, could the Giants have a worse off season? Did Sather use up all the management skill in NY this summer? Didn’t think the Giants were penny pinchers. Apparently they are. Urgh
Sean Avery I am disappointed in you. That is all.
Having recently read that Wojtek Wolski is ‘working hard’ this summer, does it mean that he has read the memo that he needs to give a consistent effort to crack the line up? If Wolski can match his skill level with desire then he can still be a huge asset to the Rangers. Yes, huge.
Mikhail Pashnin. If I’m the Russian defenseman I’d also stay in Russia, for the time being. Though I’d have only signed a one year deal. He needs to remain as contractually flexible as he can until his NHL chance either comes or finally goes.
I read that the Rangers window to win is now open? No. It is opening. 2012-13 it’ll hopefully be wide open for a few years, but we’re still one year away from legitimate playoff expectation. Some more patience folks…
Me: I’ve had a bizarre 7 days. I’ve been invited to a wedding in California the week of my 30th. Seems too good to be true! I’ve also had 3 job offers in 4 days, one of them in Germany. Needless to say I’ve had a lot to think about this week!
Marian Gaborik CAN score 100 points next season. I’m being deadly serious when I say that. A good Rangers’ power play, sustained health and instant chemistry with Mr Richards and it could happen. Emphasis on could.
Insta poll: Who will be the Rangers highest scoring defenseman next season?
- Marc Staal
- Dan Girardi
- Mike Del Zotto
- Tim Erixon
- A.N. Other
My answer: Del Zotto.
Current Ranger that won’t be a Ranger on October 7th: Erik Christensen.
I’m surprised Bryan McCabe is still homeless. He didn’t fit well in NY, but is likely cheap and can help as a depth guy. There’s certainly a lot worse under contract in the league.
Final poser: Who will score more points this season; Derek Stepan or Artem Anisimov?
Happy Thursday peeps. GO RANGERS (no go Giants. Urgh.)