Oct 8, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) wait for the hats to be cleared before resuming play during the third period of the game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Rangers 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Breathe Easy Ranger Fans, It's Still Too Early

Oct 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings celebrate after a goal by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) against the New York Rangers during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to breathe easy Ranger fans, things could be a lot worse right now. Things could be far worse.

So I need you to do me a favor, I need you to step back from that ledge, my friend…

Things could be so much worse. The Rangers could be searching for their first win.

Their could of been setbacks with Callahan (well there is), Hagelin, etc.

Derek Stepan could of had a concussion Wednesday night, AND Callahan could have the broken thumb.

See things could be much worse. But they aren’t. Growing pains are still happening, cohesiveness between everyone is still happening, and will continue to happen as people come in and out of the lineup.

Looks like for those being happy that Del Zotto was out of the lineup, were wrong. Him being out of the lineup didn’t help the team either.

Yes, the Ranger teams we saw in Los Angeles, and Washington are the Rangers team we expect. But, what the Rangers lack right now is consistency. We touched on this in our radio show.

The Taylor Pyatt experiment on the first line has failed. Yes, and AV will find a way to make that first line click, and work. Things will get better from this game. Those fans who jumped ship, are going to be back once the team starts winning. We will remember these times as the Growing Pains period. So show me that smile, and breathe easy Ranger fans, it’ll all be okay.

The lack of Rick Nash does hurt the Rangers, but Brad Richards has found his scoring touch again, so there’s that. Zuccarello and Brassard will start to get going for the Rangers, we will get more players back. Hagelin is inching towards his return on 10/29. Henrik will return to Henrik form. The powerplay will continue to click. The penalty kill will get tougher. The top six you’ve seen, will not be the top six you see in a month from now.

This is not the Ranger team to expect. This is the Ranger team that still has a few kinks in the armor. The team will be okay. I promise.

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