The New York Rangers‘ preseason is now over.
The players and fans could not agree more as the Rangers finished off their preseason last night in Las Vegas against the Los Angeles Kings and lost 4-1.
The Blueshirts went 1-5 in the preseason and looked rather flat in every game, to say the least. Now for the preseason, I do not put much stock into winning or losing so me personally I do not care they went 1-5. What I am concerned about, as a Rangers fan, is their lack of passion and effort in these games and how they were manhandled in almost every loss.
Yes, the Rangers have a lot of veterans who know they are automatically getting roster spots (like goaltender Henrik Lundqvist who is arguably one of the best goaltenders in the league but was shellacked numerous times this preseason). But for a lot of their youth to barely even show up in these preseason games to fight for a job, especially Chris Kreider who was the most disappointing, is really shocking and is not a good sign for this franchise.
Granted, I give credit to youngsters like J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Marek Hrivik for at least showing they had a pulse from time to time. However, I just expected more from everyone, especially the youth.
Overall, I get that the Rangers are learning a brand new system under new head coach Alain Vigneault so struggling is inevitable. But what scares me the most about this team is their passion and effort. Learning a new system or not, I think the Rangers should have been up to face the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, since the team’s former head coach, John Tortorella, is now the Canucks head coach and let’s just say some current Rangers did not technically see eye to eye with Tortorella on more than one occasion. So what did the Rangers do? They got crushed by the Canucks 5-0. I know it’s only preseason but where’s the passion? Where’s sticking it to your old head coach? Hopefully they are saving that for when those 2 teams meet twice in the regular season, since those games will obviously be more important.
Now this is all just my opinion but what I do know for a fact is that the Rangers first 9 games of this season are all on the road and if they show the same passion and effort that they did in the preseason, especially against the Canucks, then Rangers’ fans we are in for a long season. If not then we could be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. You wonder why this team drives us fans up a wall.