I guess I should start off by apologizing
for not letting you guys know that I was Down Under for a month, but you
can rest assured that I have everything under control again and will be
looking to keep this site once again as up to date as possible! Was
nice to have an extra month of summer though, and with the way the Rangers
were playing when I left...I was glad to get away from them for a while.
Almost caught up on the games (Ultimate TV
is a wonderful thing and I managed to get 6 of the 9 games I missed while
I was away...some extra tweaks to the software and I would've had them
And how about that line of Barnaby,
Malhotra and McCarthy? The Sandman looks like he's finally found
some form as has Malhotra who is starting to look more confident (he's
still only 21!). But perhaps the biggest surprise for me has been
Matthew Barnaby...I know, I know...I pretty much have been writing this
guy off for some time, but give credit where it's due...he's really
Another guy who's been playing great too is
Bryan Berard...nice to see the gamble is starting to pay off and he's
getting some nice runs offensively. While we're talking positives,
I'd also like to say that putting Lindros on the Penalty Kill looks like a
good one...the guy's so strong and is an intelligent player
defensively...keep that going!
Now for the other stuff...I was a big
Fleury fan before he came to New York, but his behavior on the ice is
getting ridiculous...I can only hope that his off-ice issues don't consume
him before his time. The captain did return, but has largely been
ineffective...time to hang them up Mess!
Disappointed to see Ulanov back in the
line-up (thanks to a Purinton suspension), but there's rumors floating
around that Mottau might get called up shortly...could this be the end of
what has been a great disappointment?
Tomas Kloucek has been playing with more
authority, but he could use some work on his stick handling...maybe it's
just confidence, but he needs to improve that aspect of the game if he is
to be successful.
Finally let me respond to those of you
who've been blinded by the spectacle that is the Winter Olympics.
There's a reason the games are better to watch and no it doesn't have
anything to do with bigger ice surfaces or no touch-up icings...it's
simply the concentration of talent on these teams...if the Rangers were
able to put out a line-up like Team USA, then I'm sure you'd be impressed
with the game too! There is one thing I do like about the Olympic
version however...the 15 seconds for a face-off!
Okay, I've had my rant...if you want to
agree or disagree then I suggest you see me on the OTG