A Devastating Loss
Tonight's loss to the Canadiens was a crushing defeat. In a another "must win" game the Rangers played with little emotion or urgency as they continue to be on the outside looking in.
As a Ranger die-hard for over 35 years this is typical of the history associated with this franchise. There are many heart-wrenching examples of disappointment and despair. Thank goodness for 1994!
But I still believe Sather has a plan for winning even though he has made some terrible free agent signings (Redden) and trades (Higgins) the youngsters in this organization are the future and keys to winning the Cup again.
There is a lot written about how underachieving the Rangers have been but very little about how young this team is. Dubsinsky (to me the future Captain of the team), Callahan, Staal, Girardi are all in their early 20's and the lineup has future rookie stars such as Del Zotto, Gilroy and Anisimov.
This young core talent will need time to experience winning and losing and it is up to Sather to stay the course and not trade this group of young talent. Adding the right veteran experience will be the key to turn this team into a winner. This year Gaborick was the major addition.
In conclusion, even if the Rangers do not make the playoffs this year do not despair. That is not the big picture in creating a winning team for the future. In the near future this team will win!