New York Rangers, Please Don’t Tank the Rest of the Season

March 24th, 2010 by Frank Castaldi Leave a reply »
That's right, I said it: Don't tank to finish the season. Think about what I'm saying here for a minute.

What is tanking? It's when a team totally blows it, and fails to succeed. They falter when they need to perform most, and ultimately lose the goal they set out to achieve.

For most teams, tanking would be blowing the last stretch of the season and slipping out of a playoff spot and watching the postseason from the nearest golf course.

For the Rangers, it's the exact opposite. If the Rangers tank the final games nine games of the season, it means they've put together a long win streak to close out the year, thus screwing themselves out of a good draft pick.

Going into last night's game with the Islanders, the Rangers sat in 23rd place. Just a mere three points out of third worse, which the Isles currently occupy.

If they were to finish in third place, well, third from last, I would be ecstatic. That would ultimately mean they would get one of the three top players in this draft: Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, or Cam Fowler.

Any one of those three names would be NHL-ready next year. I mean, this is the Rangers we' ...

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