‘A New Look for New York—Fans are ‘Wild’ over Gaborik’

November 4, 2009
Rangers Capitals Hockey

Marian Gaborik

The new look New York Rangers after a major off season revamping are looking like a very promising hockey team.  But as we learned from a season ago, good starts do not equate to Stanley Cups.  After a tremendous start last season, the Rangers were able to squeeze into the playoffs luckily and had a 3-1 series lead before crapping  the proverbial bed, and losing the series to the extremely talented Washington Capitals led by ‘the future’, Alex Ovechkin in 7 games.  This is what separated the two teams and why the Capitals were able to advance while the Rangers were sent home packing.  The Rangers simply lacked a bona fide star.  Yes, Scott Gomez and Nik Antropov are very talented hockey players, and there is no question in my mind that Antropov will be one of the top players in the league in the near future.  Nonetheless, the team lacked a dominate presence that the locker room trusted to run their offense through night in and night out.

Marian Gaborik however is a star and is a game-breaker.  He has 11 goals this season making him 2nd among all NHL players with 6 of these goals coming in the 3rd period.  Gaborik has absolutely blazing speed with phenomenal vision and puck handle.  When the Rangers acquired Gaborik from the Minnesota Wild, no one could have imagined the immediate impact that he has brought each and every night to the ice, and it seems that the 2009-2010 NY Rangers very simply will go only as far as Marian Gaborik can take them.

With the additions of Sean Avery and Donald Brashear, the Rangers in addition once again have a tough and pesky presence which brings back memories of the old Blue shirt brawlers.  If the Rangers are able to dominate the physical game and can be a nuisance to the opposition while creating turnovers, the Rangers will score enough goals per game to propel them into the playoffs once again with a much greater chance to advance farther than season past. 

Henrik Lundqvist right now is not playing his normal lights out hockey, yet the Rangers still are winning convincingly each night.  As the season progresses look for Henrik to be a force in net which will enable the Rangers to go on 4 and 5 game point streaks.  With the additions of the young Canadian Del Zotto, a very talented defenseman who shows poise, skill, and goal scoring capabilities (something which we have not seen since Brian Leetch was in blue), and in seeing the obvious offseason work put in by Callaghan and Dubinsky especially, these strides being made by both management and players of the organization to improve is all a fan can ask for. 

The New York Rangers led by the no nonsense John Tortorella, a coach that players enjoy playing for and want to win for makes the New York Rangers undoubtedly a team that must be reckoned with.



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