After watching what the Rangers passed off as an effort in the game against
the Devils, I wanted to wait to see what my pal Slats was going to say about his
team before writing. You see over the last week or so I have been trying to come
up with a piece that showed how no matter what those involved with the Rangers
wanted to claim about how things were so different this season that they really
The Rangers themselves actually provided the evidence thanks to the way they
played against the Devils on Saturday afternoon. A 5-0 butt kicking that could
have been a lot worse if the Devils actually had a real offense. In many ways I
have to ask all of you what exactly is the difference between the Rangers losing
5-0 to the Devils and the Pens losing 9-0 to the Lightning? Simple in the
defense of the Pens their effort wasn't lacking just their level of talent. You
can't say the same thing for the Rangers.
For the Rangers it was basically one of those games that have just about
become a trademark of the Slat's era. It was a listless, effortless, heartless,
no discipline and disgusting no-show game from the Rangers that we have seen way
too many times over the last 4 seasons under the Slats era. It was a game that
for all intents and purposes was over in 70 seconds leaving the other 58 minutes
and 50 seconds for the Devils to show just how far the divide is between the 2
This is supposed to be a rivalry but it really isn't given that the Devils
have only lost 1 regulation game to the Rangers since 1997 (21-1-12-1 winless in
their last 10 straight games). That isn't a rivalry it is more like those early
season college basketball matchups you see where the big name Division 1 teams
fatten their records against a Division 2 or 3 team. Slats has told anyone who
will listen that he would love to model the Rangers after the Devils but it
seems that he is either using the wrong model or doesn't understand the
instructions on how to build said model.
If anything the Rangers are the Anti-Devils when it comes to the way the
franchise is run and we don't have to rehash all the differences because all
that will do is show just how badly Slats has run the Rangers and frustrate us
fans that much more. The Rangers simply don't play as a team they are a bunch of
well paid individuals who have been assembled in the hope of somehow becoming a
team that hasn't worked and never will work. The problem is the powers that be
(the Dolans) aren't smart enough to see it and change things.
After the loss Slats was quoted as saying "It was a good old-fashioned
beating that they gave us," Sather said. "We didn't have a lot of guys
show up today." Yet one has to ask but isn't this the year of
accountability? Isn't this the year that the system was put into place? So where
is the accountability or better yet does anyone know what system the Rangers are
using? If so please share that knowledge not only with your fellow Ranger fans
but also with the players themselves as it appears they have no idea what it is
There is no longer any excuse for a team not to be prepared to play that is
acceptable. The players, coaching staff and even the ownership have been
preaching how this year was going to be different but yet all the signs are
there that say OH NO IT'S NOT. The Rangers had 2 full days to prepare for the
Devil game and yet they still by Slat's own admission didn't have players show
up to play. WHY and when will these kinds of efforts stop?
After a somewhat promising start the Rangers have now gone 1-3-0-1 in their
last 5 games. In each of the regulation losses the Rangers have given up 5 goals
or more. Got to ask just what happened to the defensive system that was put into
place during the preseason? This Devil game was the start of a 4 game road trip
that wasn't going to be easy to begin with. The loss to the Devils just makes
the rest of us wonder if it is possible that come the 23rd when they return home
to face the Senators that the team will be on a 4 game losing streak?
The song remains the same when it comes to the poor no-show efforts, the
excuses given by the team and coaching staff, the lack of anyone being held
accountable for their play. Yet we fans wonder what it is going to take for
someone anyone involved with the Rangers to take a stand.
We wonder just when the promises and threats will stop being hollow. Earlier
this week many a fan was teased into believing that Poti was going to be a
healthy scratch but you should have known better to believe that was actually
going to happen. The supposed upper core of the Rangers has yet to be held
accountable and it won't happen until it is way too late for it to have any real
effect on the team.
I don't know about the rest of you but I am more than ready to change songs.
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