Moving on to the New York Rangers side to this lockout. This lockout besides revenue wise helps the Rangers in every way. No signed Micheal Del Zotto, would’ve started the season without Gaborik, A goaltender that logs an incredible amount of ice time last year get’s more rest. It allows Kreider to grow in the minors as well as many other young prospects who could be ready for call up when the season starts. http://proicehockey.about.com/od/collectivebargainingfaq/f/greedy_players.htm
Any fool can see the defense took a physical pounding last year so any time off helps them. And maybe just maybe Torts will move away from a system that ask for to much. I’m only a fan but I don’t wanna see Gaborik, Nash, Kreider, Stall, Girardi and McDonagh hurrying to block shots. Just flipping pucks out of the zone and giving it back to the opponent just so they can dump it in and hit the defense.
We all know that Torts isn’t changing for no one. And that’s why for years he found himself without a job. People will bring up last year and that’s fine but last year they won in spite of Torts. If you look around last year the eastern conference lost some of it’s best players to injury. And some teams well they were just pathetic. Maybe the Rangers will catch that break again but probably not. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=639343
This lockout will help the Rangers become more balanced and add depth with the kids in CT adding another notch in their belts. The Rangers will have the best top nine in Hockey when this lockout finally ends. Kids like J.T Miller, Marek Hrivik, Andrew Yogan, Kyle Jean, Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei and Micheal St Croix among many others. Also with news Matt Gilroy may again be joining the Rangers. http://www.ctwhale.com/players
This is a team that is built right and can be contenders for many years to come. And this strike has played a major role in helping the Rangers. I know it does the same for other teams. Other teams weren’t a game from the Stanley cup. Not many other teams have an all world goaltender. Not many teams can say they could play 3 potential 30 goal scorers and 2 40 goal scorers on they’re top 2 lines. Not many teams could say they have the top 2 defensive pairings especially when Sauer is ready. And let’s not forget the addition of a 28 year old Rick Nash. http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/hockey/post/_/id/10506/rapid-reaction-rangers-acquire-rick-nash
Now speaking of Sauer this lockout allows him to get back on his pace. Which only adds to their strength on defense. While I miss hockey as a Ranger fan I say thank you Gary Bettman you have only made us stronger and more prepared to make another run for the cup maybe 3 or 4 more.