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Hands Off the Panic Button Please
For a change the Rangers are in good shape for off-season

No need to press the panic button

No need to press the panic button

So the other night I was on Twitter and I found myself in an exchange with someone who was almost in a panic because Glen Sather had not made any moves publically. Now I hope the guy was just screwing with me but truth be told, he was not the first person who was already on the case of the New York Rangers because they haven’t announced any moves.

Which leaves the question “why the rush to make moves?” as really the 2013-2014 season has barely ended and to be honest the Rangers are way ahead of themselves in shaping the 2014-2015 roster. You haven’t forgotten that Sather has already addressed what would have been the 3 key issues facing the team in this year’s off-season have you?

Sather has Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh already signed to long term contract extensions and he dealt with the status of Ryan Callahan with the Marty St. Louis trade. Sather has also signed 3 of last year’s draft class to their entry level contracts as well as adding 3 NCAA free agents along with Calle Andersson and another European free agent.

How about letting Sather catch his breath as he and the rest of the Ranger management team work on this week’s draft, the required decisions on who does/doesn’t get qualifying offers and which unrestricted free agents do the Rangers want to try and keep/let go. They also have been organizing the Prospect/Rookie Camp which starts on Monday.

Oh and in case you have forgotten the Rangers have been working on all this while the team was still playing something. Of course if you would prefer that the Rangers have the normal 6 weeks of golf time that they have had the previous 19 years to make all this happen then how about we all take a deep breath and enjoy what will be the shortest off-season in 20 years?

Why are so many so impatient is what I really have to ask? Seriously at times Ranger fans want things done yesterday and forget that patience can be a virtue. If you really stop and think about it then you are not realizing that when the Rangers open training camp for the 2014-2015 season that most of the roster spots will already be spoken for.

Yes they have to replace Brad Richards, very possibly Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle, and maybe Beniot Pouliot and Dom Moore. Not going to say that the first 3 players play important roles but we are forgetting that until last season the Rangers were turning over 8-12 players depending on the year.

People are forgetting that waiting in the wings for their chance to make the roster are J. T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, Conor Allen and Dylan McIlrath. I don’t know about the rest of you but I really like the idea of looking forward to a training camp as the Eastern Conference Champions, as legit cup contenders and having so few question marks.

There are better days ahead for the New York Rangers so sit back, enjoy the upcoming summer and for a change trust that they will get the job done. But if you really want to panic please give me warning so I can run and hide.


Posted by Jess Rubenstein | June 26, 2014 at 04:58 am

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