The New York Rangers are now 15-17-1 and probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, disappointment in the 2013-14 NHL regular season thus far. I wish I can say I am shocked, but they are my favorite team after all so it is not surprising.
Now I hate to lose as much as any competitor who loves sports, but what bothers me so much to no end about this particular Rangers team is their lack of effort. If you lose games because you do not have enough skill, I can deal with that. But if you have the skill to be better than what you currently are and are showing little to no effort to change things in the process, that is where I emphatically draw the line.
There are so many players on the Rangers, mostly their bottom-six forwards, who should not be on this team any further. I am specifically talking about Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, and Benoit Pouliot.
All three of those players accomplish nothing for the Rangers on a game to game basis and are only noticeable when they do something bad, like turn the puck over or miss a wide open net, instead of something good. That is unless you count Boyle winning face offs, which then I ask you how much good did that do in the Rangers’ current four-game losing streak?
It is time for the Rangers to either trade or place these three on waivers and make a call to the team’s AHL affiliate in Hartford to let the kids play. Boyle, Pyatt, and Pouliot are all has-been and never-was players who need to be cast aside and flushed away if the Rangers want to try to get better.
The Rangers lack energy and effort. Youth brings that, but Boyle, Pyatt, and Pouliot do not.