Is This New York Rangers Team Serious?

By Steven Carollo
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After a blowout 9-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks, the New York Rangers‘ players and head coach were all pretty adamant on how embarrassing that game was and how they need to play better. So I guess the Rangers are taking their advice casually because in the very next game, they were embarrassed just as badly, losing to the Anaheim Ducks 6-0.

Is this Rangers team serious?

I don’t know how many times I have to write about how the Rangers played with a lack of effort and passion and how their defense has been atrocious, but they are giving me no choice. I do not care if the best scorer on the team, Rick Nash, is currently out with a concussion, they still have to show up to these games and prove to us fans that they care.

We are four games into the season, and already new head coach Alain Vigneault is on the hot seat.

One of the reasons why GM Glen Sather fired last year’s head coach John Tortorella was because he said that a lot of the Rangers’ games down the stretch and into the postseason were unwatchable due to Tortorella’s conservative/defensive system.

Well Glen, how are you liking these games now?

In the last two games, the Rangers have been outplayed and outscored 15-2. Yes, that was 15-2 in two games.

Four games into the season, teams are not supposed to hear talks from fans wanting their brand new head coach fired, wanting a fire sale or trading away all of the veteran players for picks and freeing up salary cap space. The Rangers are definitely not supposed to hear about fans wanting to trade the backbone of this team since 2006, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, for skilled players and prospects to build for the future.

This current Rangers team just does not have the talent to play an up tempo offense without affecting their defense, and if Vigneault doesn’t figure this out and change his strategy to adapt to the limited amount of skill his current players have, the Rangers could have some new players and a brand new coaching staff come their home opener on October 28.

You can say I am overreacting, but the fact of the matter is that this team’s goal this season is to win a Stanley Cup, and after what we have seen so far, how can anyone even suggest or hint at this current team is Stanley Cup-caliber?

I really hope the Rangers turn this around soon and that I am dead wrong. However, the lack of effort that this team has shown four games into the season with a new head coach, especially on the defensive side of the puck, is really alarming to say the least, and that is a fact that cannot be disputed.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers’ and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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