Hello New York Rangers fans! Welcome back, after a long Olympic break we here at Blue Line Station are more than happy to bring you the return of Belvin’s Bandwagon! As always, this is where I will take the recent games that the Rangers have played in a given week, and talk about which players I like and dislike for said week. The games from this week are Thursday’s 2-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks, Saturday’s 4-2 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers, and Sunday’s 6-3 loss against the Boston Bruins. So, without any other delay, let’s get started.
LIKE: J.T. Miller and Derick Brassard. To replace injured forward Mats Zuccarello, the Rangers recalled Hartford Wolf Pack star J.T. Miller to the Rangers, since being called up Miller has two points in this week’s three games and has used his speed and size to become a threat on the team’s third line. If he continues to play this way, it may be hard to see him go when Zuccarello returns to the lineup. Derick Brassard has become everything I’ve wanted him to be and more. He is one of, if not the best player on the Rangers right now, he has 10 points in nine games and two points, both coming as goals in this week’s three games. Not exactly the player that I would expect to be saying this about, but if the Rangers hope to stay in the extremely tight playoff race, they need Brassard to continue playing the way he has been in this last stretch of games.
DISLIKE: Ryan Callahan. I am honestly disgusted by what this man has done in the past few weeks. He asks for a ridiculous contract that everyone knows he does not deserve. Callahan is supposed to be the captain, the heart and soul of the Rangers locker room, but currently he’s the elephant in the room. He claims to want to stay in New York with the Rangers, and that his heart is with the team. However, if his heart was really with the team, would he really be demanding an amount of money that he knows the team can’t give him, and refusing to come down from it? Today his agent came back with an offer of six years, six and a half million which is only $500,000 less than the original offer, quite frankly that’s a slap in the face to general manager Glen Sather and more importantly the fans of the team. Callahan is not showing right now to be a true leader of the Rangers, the only thing he’s showing is that it’s acceptable to be greedy and demand more money than you deserve.
Anyway, that’s this week’s Belvin’s Bandwagon! Comment below or tweet @kennybelvin or @bluelinestation and let us know what you think! See you next week!