In the midst of a 2-6-0 record and 4-0 and 2-1 defeats to the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather is getting more desperate to fix his struggling hockey club.
Everyone understands that it takes time to adjust to a new coach and system and there will be growing pains, but the fanbase didn’t expect things to get this bad. The Rangers look out of sorts and just plain lost out there on the ice as they try to adapt to Alain Vigneault‘s style. It seems like they aren’t communicating, their defense has been struggling and not to mention only three of their forwards have tallied a goal so far this season (Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Derek Dorsett).
In the past, we’ve seen the Rangers struggle with getting secondary scoring, and that problem has shown up again. Richards seems to be keeping the ship afloat right now and Callahan was performing well until he went down with a broken thumb. Rick Nash is out with a concussion and also Carl Hagelin who is recovering from shoulder surgery.
With three of your top guys out, you’re going to have problems, especially since one of those guys is the Captain and a pure leader on the ice.
To combat these issues, the Rangers called up Chris Kreider, who didn’t score against Philly, but had a good game none the less and showed he still belongs in the NHL, but he isn’t going to be the solution to all of their issues. Sather may have to go even deeper into the system and call up the likes of Danny Kristo and Oscar Lindberg, both who can have immediate impacts if placed in the correct spots.
It has also been reported that Sather has been talking to ex-Ranger Vinny Prospal, who is currently training in the Czech Republic. The Rangers GM has yet to make him an offer but he hasn’t shot anything down yet, which means it is a possibility we could see Prospal back in a Rangers sweater this season. He’s a free agent, and last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets he tallied 30 points in 48 games played. Two seasons before that, he had 58 points in 75 games played, which was with the Rangers.
Prospal isn’t going to come in and work wonders and magically throw this team into first place in the standings, but he has the potential to provide some depth and short-term relief until reinforcements come in the likes of Hagelin and Callahan. Prospal is a class-act who has always respected any team he has played for and he would certainly make a nice addition to this roster which is struggling to find the net.
Will the Rangers be able to stop the bleeding? We will find out tonight as they head into Joe Louis Arena to face a stacked Detroit Red Wings team before finally heading home on Monday to play the Montreal Canadiens.