NY Rangers Keep Pace Despite Isles, Mets and Yanks Upbeat

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NEW YORK, NY – The NY Rangers have been playing well of late, last night’s capitulation to the hated Islanders aside. They’ve been keeping pace with the Penguins and Blue Jackets. They’re safe in the first Wild Card slot for now, which would put them on a collision course with Les Canadiens de Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.

Lundqvist has been playing well of late. It seems like the yips that had infected him last moth have all but gone. That can only be a good thing going forward as the Blueshirts get ready to make another playoff push. Antti Raanta hasn’t seen much action of late but he is still a worthy deputy. It will be important for him to play well going forward as the Rangers will need to keep Lundqvist fresh to make a run at the Cup.

The team is finally healthy but they still need help on defense. We’ll see what Rangers GM Jeff Gorton (no relation to the Brooklyn Fish Sticks) has up his sleeve before the March 3rd trade deadline. It would hurt to see one of the forwards that have been playing so well get traded, but the Rangers need to bolster the blue line.  Cam Fowler’s name has been thrown around as a Rangers target all season. But we’ll see if anything materializes on that end. There are also rumours (Canadian spelling) that the Flames’ Dougie Hamilton may be on the trading block. If so, he would be a prime target for the Rangers. The Rangers would likely have to give up one of their young forwards. Possibly JT Miller or Kevin Hayes. Losing either would be a blow, but you have to make tough decisions. Losing Mike Gartner in ’94 was as tough a loss as they come. But the Rangers most likely don’t win the Stanley Cup without making that trade.

Onto baseball where hope springs eternal

Pitchers and catchers reported earlier this week for both the Mets and Yankees. But just days into spring training, the Mets are reeling from a bum elbow on yesterday’s star of tomorrow, Zack Wheeler. “Tenderness” is the term the Mets used but anyway you slice it, it isn’t good news. While the Amazin’s have a wealth of talent in the starting rotation, the potential loss of Wheeler is a blow. We’ll see what the Mets can do with David Wright this season also. Read this. My guess is that his total number of HRs and RBIs will be less than the number of games he misses through injury. It’s time for the Mets to cut him loose.  He’s been a good Metropolitan, but he’s becoming an albatross around their necks.

On the other side of town, the Yanks have rid themselves of two of their own big money albatrosses. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez were jettisoned last season. Then Brian McCann was shipped off to Houston in November and the Yankees are left with a much younger squad. CC Sabathia will be back for his last year as a fifth or sixth starter and the Yankees are set up to make a push with some young talent and some money in their pockets. Can’t wait to see how things play out.

Back to the yips

That’s it for me. Come back tomorrow for Mr. Yip, Junoir Blaber or Mr. Yap, Grinding Ax Walter Hynes.

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Different Matt is our cunning Cornell grad/rugby player. "Diff" joined us just after the switch from being "Mets only" to an all-sports stop. He's a Yankee fan; thus he was "different." Aside from the Yanks, he's a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.
  • vinny from brooklyn

    big win for the isles over your rangers. they are helping me forget wheeler, the jets and nets.

    • “The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass every day.” -Catfish Hunter

  • FATNUTZ

    No team is perfect and the D will come around. The forwards need to pick it up coming back. Leave the team alone.

    • Different Matt

      The D will not come around. They’re just not good enough. Age and diminishing returns are real. I’ve seen nothing throughout this season to lead me to believe that this defense is capable of winning it all. Staal and Girardi are a liability. And Klein has become unreliable.

      • benwhit

        Stahl has bounced back a little this year, no? But I’m w you.

      • Cheesybruin

        Diff, I had the same feeling last year about the defense and it’s one year later so things are not looking good. Don’t think that Dougie Hamilton is the panacea. Take it from me as a guy who saw him play a lot as a Bruin–he’ll fit in nicely on the offensive end but boy he may as well be a matador on defense. A guy like Kevan Miller or Adam McQuaid would be a less expensive option and even cost less in a trade with the B’s. Either one would give your team some much needed knuckles as well as stay at home defense.

  • butch gorings nostrils

    You are downplaying those NY Islanders! Captain Tavares may be back page fodder but Garth Snow could land a big fish for a playoff run! https://www.nhl.com/news/over-the-boards-john-tavares-islanders-minnesota-wild-questions/c-286755764

    • Different Matt

      The isles, Flyers, Leafs, Bruins, Sens, Panthers and Sabres are all right there. It should be an interesting run in to the playoffs.

      • butch gorings nostrils, you have a nose for this kind of thing… Diff, are sniffing out trade rumours?

  • Dude

    the rangers should not make a move unless the right deal comes up. a duclair for yandle type trade would be a mistake. Yes they need some help on the blue line, but messing with the forwards should be avoided.

    david wright needs to hang it up. he can stay on the team as a pinch hitter but the dude still hasn’t thrown a baseball. kind of an important part of playing third base.

    reyes will man third and rosario will step in when cabrera returns to his no hitting with RISP form of early last year.

    • benwhit

      The Rangers should abide with this Dude. I’d hate to see Hayes or Miller go, especially for a rental.

    • Pigs just flew by the MTM Studio [basement] windows! We actually agree with Dude on something here!!!

  • DJ Eberle

    I feel pretty good that the Yankees will contend for a wild card. Blue Jays aren’t as big of a threat, the O’s are overrated, Houston should win the West, Cleveland should win the Central and I think the Yankees are better than the Tigers.

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