Three games folks, that’s all it’s been. Sure, losing to the Islanders is frustrating, particularly given the carry-over of the Stockholm penalty parade by our Rangers on Saturday night, but it’s far from the end of the world. I, like everyone from time to time, can be prone to the odd knee-jerk reaction and there are things that have frustrated me immensely about the opening few games, but that’s all they are – the opening few games. The penalties have to stop, at least to the tune of eight minors a game, but that’s something that’ll be drummed into them by Torts ahead of the Western Canadian swing this week.
Other than the fallout from the 4-2 loss on Long Island, the demotion of Mats Zuccarello to the CT Whale has been the main source of opinion this weekend. Personally I don’t have the slightest issue with it, in fact I embrace the decision completely. Zuccarello serves no purpose playing bottom-six minutes for the Rangers at this point and would benefit far more by playing 18-20 minutes per night with the Whale in the AHL. He’s a top-six player on a roster that has no open spot in it’s top-six and Kris Newbury is a much more sensible fit on a grinding line. I’m not a Torts apologist and never have been, but it’s a logical call that benefits both Zuccarello and the Rangers at this time.
Join me after the jump as we take a look at the weekend’s Rangers reads…
Jess Rubenstein takes a look at the Rangers prospects success over the weekend in a pair of posts on Sunday. Christian Thomas seems to be picking up speed after a slow start with the Oshawa Generals this season, while 2011 first-rounder JT Miller continues to roll for the Plymouth Whalers with a two-goal, first-star game against the Sarnia Sting on Saturday. [The Prospect Park]
Jim Cerny looks back at the Rangers-Canucks Cup Finals of ’94 in an interesting piece over at Blueshirts United. It’s always nice to see a personal touch in a piece and Jim nails that in this timely article ahead of tomorrows game in Vancouver. [Blueshirts United]
Nick Montemagno dissects the Rangers forward lines after the loss to the Islanders and says, rightly, that the defense is the Blueshirts biggest concern right now. [Rangers Tribune]
Hockey Rodent says that the Rangers mustn’t be quick to spend any future cap space until the long-term impact of Marc Staal’s health issues are better understood. [Hockey Rodent]
In keeping with the Marc Staal theme, Blue Seat Blogs’ Dave Shapiro takes a look at the respective QUALCOMP (yes, I did have to look it up) numbers of the Rangers current defenseman in the absence of Staal and Mike Sauer. Good news for Tim Erixon fans it seems. [Blue Seat Blogs]
And finally, Michael Gleich gives us another take on the Zuccarello/Newbury switch over at Bleeding All Blue, citing money and respective roles as his reasons. [Bleeding All Blue]
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