Most of the New York Rangers fans are still in a malaise following the egg their team laid in Edmonton on Saturday. The final score was only 2-0, but the game was more than just the amount of goals scored. The Rangers suffered in every facet of the game, routinely experiencing brain farts from one end of the ice to another. The offense, aside from Marian Gaborik, was non-existent as Torts played the conga line shuffle for most of the game to find a working combination.
Plus, fans were treated to about 45 minutes of contemplating what life would be like without Henrik Lundqvist as he left the game due to discomfort with his new skates. A huge sigh of relief for sure, but the entire team, from head to toe, needs to be better and it starts tonight in Winnipeg.
Join me after the jump to catch up on what you missed out on this weekend.
Stu Hackel discusses how Henrik Lundqvist, not another defenseman, might be the calming influence on defense the Rangers covet at the moment. Correction, for the most part, Hank IS the defense on most occasions. [SI.com]
Is benching the struggling Brandon Dubinsky the right move? Christian Nehls believes it is, citing how Brandon Prust sat for a period in the game in Calgary and responded in a productive way. At this point, you consider everything – just short of trading him – to get Dubinsky out of his funk. [Blue Seat Blogs]
The Hockey Rodent gives you his unique insights following the Rangers’ loss in Edmonton. [Hockey Rodent]
Jim Matheson writes if the Oilers put C Gilbert Brule on re-entry waivers, teams will be interested; one of them could be the Rangers. The team already has a log-jam at forward so I’m not sure where Brule would fit in unless others are shipped out. [Edmonton Journal]
For those craving Sean Avery news, Andrew Gross recently spoke to the former Ranger agitator. The most note-worthy confession? Avery would play for the league minimum to play for the Rangers again. [Bergen Record]
Mats Zuccarello enjoyed two very impressive games since returning to the Connecticut Whale, scoring a goal to win in comeback fashion here and scoring two goals and one assist in his first game back here. With the Rangers offensively inept, Zuccarello could help the team. But, his $1.75 cap-hit and tricky waiver status may ultimately prevent that.
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