New York Rangers Stuck in No-Man’s-Land

December 16th, 2009 by Hot Stove New York Leave a reply »

If only the Rangers could play against themselves. They could finally score more than two goals, what with their defense as soft and holey as Swiss cheese. They wouldn’t have to worry about being manhandled, as there would be no hitting at all in the game.

The offense only occasionally crashes the net, so the defense wouldn’t have to contemplate clearing out the crease, which they never do anyway. It’s a win-win situation for the offense and defense. It would be a breezy, no-checking game, with the players not even working up a sweat.

Sure, the Rangers play a solid, hard-fought game once in a while, like they did on Monday against Atlanta, but the Thrashers aren’t exactly the Broad Street Bullies. They’re as soft as the Rangers. What we usually see is the Blueshirts getting outclassed, out-hit, and outplayed.

So where does that leave them? They’re stuck with the bad contracts of Chris Drury , Michal Rozsival , Wade Redden, and Donald Brashear , so there’s not much they can do to change the roster, is there? They can send Matt Gilroy down to the minors for some more seasoning while Rozsival gets away with ...

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