Rangers Need to Get a Jump Start on Next Season…Now

March 23rd, 2010 by Steven Ovadia Leave a reply »
Right now the Rangers are five points out of the last playoff spot with just 10 games left in their season.

They haven't been mathematically eliminated, but their dropping three in a row (having scored just five goals in those three games) gives every indication the team has given up.

There will be plenty of blame to be assigned in the offseason, but for now, if the Rangers wish to salvage anything from this lost season, they need to turn it over to their youth movement.

That means giving players like Artem Anisimov more ice time to prove their actual worth.

Because coach John Tortorella has had his favorites all season and has often assigned ice time based upon the name on the jersey, Anisimov has yet to distinguish himself all season, but given less than 13 minutes a night of ice time, has he really had the chance to show what he's capable of?

That also means calling up some promising AHLers. Corey Locke has put up 29 goals for the Hartford Wolf Pack. PA Parenteau is having a strong season, complete with a +15.

Why not give Locke a taste of the NHL? And why not see if Parenteau's game has evolved enough for t ...

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