Old fan, new expectations for this New York Ranger long time follower. Finally, the fall of 2019 is here. So, a look at the upcoming season is in order.
Since I’m a fan of New York teams, today; let’s talk about the New York Rangers. Be sure to visit my Bombers Bosox and Sportsmanship post.
Well, do you recall the GAG line? Barry Beck and Ron Duguay? If yes, you are probably like me; a New York Ranger blue blood follower. Try 5 decades; mostly of frustration. Above all, (or should I say “below all”) how about those 80’s teams? Never mind, we didn’t win with Espo on the ice, behind the bench, or in the front office. Plus, Pierre Larouche, Bernie Nicholls, Marcel Dionne, Jaromir Jagr, and even the GREAT ONE could not bring the Stanley Cup to Broadway.
Old Fan Hopes
To begin with, smart moves create optimistic outlooks. The return of Big JD as president brings a winning link from the past. Importantly, Shattenkirk’s buyout frees up cap space for future players. Additionally, star skaters Trouba and Panarin will form an ultra strong building block; one we have not seen at Madison Square Garden in years! Finally, there is Kaapo Kakko. Man, did we ever score with this draft pick. Many, especially in the hockey world, are amazed at his raw skill. And, he is only 18 years old. Just wait. Everyone in the NHL says he is a guaranteed superstar.
The Waiting is Over
Specifically, 1994 when the curse was lifted. Critically, relief for us long suffering die hards. Comparatively, you are young to only remember this far back. Gratefully, we acknowledge that year, that team. The Messiah. May Sam Rosen be incorrect when he said, “And this one will last a lifetime.”
Lord Stanley? Not this year. Realistically, Jeff Gorton deserves tremendous credit for changing the culture to positive. Hiring a young coach like David Quinn to develop the “new” New York Rangers was brilliant. As GM, Gorton has been patient with personnel when appropriate. A nucleus of talent is set to grow. This will be fun to watch. For now though, the expectation is for the New York Rangers to simply be more competitive than in recent seasons. Lastly, an important question remains: Will Henrik Lundqvist, “The King” be here long enough to reap the rewards of his loyalty?
As always I welcome your comments.