NY Rangers Stanley Cup? Not Soon In Coming for Viggy, Hank and Nash

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Cheesy Bruin

MARLBORO, NY – Allow me to preface today’s column by saying the contents have nothing to do with the NY Rangers beating my Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Instead, my opinions come from watching countless hours watching hockey every night and am a rabid fan of all that is vulcanized rubber. Hell, I even used to play the game so my eyes tell me all I need to know about the Rangers and why they will not win the Stanley Cup this year or perhaps even beyond that based upon the following reasons.

Getting Viggy With It
Let’s not make any mistakes about it; Alain Vigneault is – and has been – a very successful head coach. Since his time as the Vancouver Canucks’ bench boss, to the present in New York, he has won are the three President’s Trophies (given to the winningest regular season team) within a five-year span, and Coach of the Year honors in 2007. He also has seven division titles between Vancouver and the Rangers, and two trips to the Finals in 2011 and 2014.

Lord Stanley’s Cup has eluded Viggy, though, and it will continue to do so until he changes his philosophy/style of play his teams employ. Finesse hockey wins games from October through March but doesn’t get the job done in April when, during the playoffs, the ice gets smaller and every inch of open ice is contested. “Heavy” teams, namely the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings in 2011 and 2014 respectively, bested Vigneault’s teams on the way to Stanley Cup victories. There was also a Bruins five-game ouster of the Rangers in 2013.

Vigneault has been blessed with all-world goalies (Roberto Luongo during his salad years and The King of No Cups, Henrik Lundqvist) and still hasn’t delivered a Stanley Cup. Why? Because as I witnessed this past week in losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals, the Rangers were simply outworked, out-muscled, and downright pushed around all night.

As Rangers fans will have you believe, it would be wise to finish in the first Wild Card spot to avoid a Metropolitan Division battle in the playoffs first round. Be careful what you wish for since it might bite you in the keester. The Montreal Canadiens and new coach Claude Julien appear to be pulling away for the Atlantic Division crown and would play that first wild card team. The Habs have a slightly better goalie in Carey Price and with trade deadline additions have gotten bigger and nastier with Steve Ott, Dwight King, and Jordie BennTo both team’s GM’s credit, the Habs are being built in Julien’s image, which works against Vigneault’s vision.

Eight Million Dollar Man

Rick Nash, in all his splendor, outdoes Steve Austin by two million dollars.  T-minus five weeks and counting until #61 does his annual playoff disappearing act. Don’t believe me?  Consider the numbers, 65 career playoff games and only 12 goals from a guy who usually scores at least thirty in the regular season.  Not since Barry Beck has a New York Ranger gotten so little out of a 6-foot-4 or better frame than Rick Nash.

There are other red flags (aging defense and goalie) on why the Blueshirts won’t hoist the Cup this year, but we’d be here all day. Meanwhile, Rangers fans should hope to avoid a post-season match-up against the Blue Jackets, Capitals, or even Les Canadiens.  You heard it here first.

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A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb - twice. The Cheese Man's a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward's Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won't shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.
  • benwhit

    Yup. The Caps really bullied them. There’s still time to get healthy and get on a roll, but it’s not looking good right now.

    • Mikey Keenan

      Rangers fans are such *p_ssies. Stop whining.

      *Edited by MTM Censors!

      • Mikey Keenan in the house! Just watch your French Canadian!

      • Cheesybruin

        Go get ’em Mike.

  • Tormento

    Lundquist can get hot and win a series by himself. If he gets hot int he playoffs, it will open up the ice. But you are right, age is becoming a factor and he need to win now.

    • Tormento! Welcome to Mattville! We agree, Cheese Man knows nothing about the game. Just look at his prediction for last night. He said 3-2 Canadians. Ha! It was 4-1!

      • Cheesybruin

        What was I thinking? The Rangers scoring two goals against a physical team? Never happens and I should know that.

  • Maureen

    That video is hilarious! The guy with the rifle never shoots until his close up! haha

  • GrindingAx

    Cheesy, while I agree with most of your assessments about the Blueshirts, I do believe your inspiration to write about the weaknesses of the Rangers was indeed due to another heartbreaking loss by those Bruins. Souwa Chowda!

    • Indeed… Seems like he has an Ax to Grind re the King… Wait, see what we did there?

    • Cheesybruin

      I’ll write about why the Bruins won’t win the Cup this year next week. Sounds fair to me.

  • jgclancy

    I accidently watched rubgy yesterday…….

    • Cheesybruin

      BWAHAA! I don’t believe you for a nano second, Jim!

      • jgclancy

        No…honest….I was talking to my brother while he stood at the end of the bar. Right behind him was rubgy! I couldn’t not see it!!! The horror..the horror

        • You will both see more and more. NBCSN is now covering the English Premiership ever Saturday and will soon have coverage of Team USA. Drop your walls and you will enjoy another full-contact sport with athletes that truly give up most worldly things for a chance to play for rent money.

  • benwhit

    Cheesy. I submitted a post to Blue Line Station last night after the game with a very similar theme.

    • Cheesybruin

      Your eyes don’t deceive you Ben. Thanks for the honesty!

  • Junoir Blaber

    I fell that the Rangers look a step slow in Defenders and that is what does them in.

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