Could the lockout be beneficial to the New York Rangers?
Don’t let the headline fool you. The lockout is a negative for everyone. Especially the fans, who Forbes’ Mike Ozanian claims are actually to blame for this lockout. Revenue-wise for the players and owners, and entertainment-wise for the fans, this lockout is full of negatives. However, if/when the season does start, the lockout should have a positive impact for the New York Rangers.If there is one thing we learned from last season, it’s that the Rangers ran out of gas.
82 games of John Tortorella hockey will cause wear and tear on a team, and the Blueshirts simply fatigued.
During the regular season, there was never a time the Rangers weren’t at full speed, as Tortorella forced his players to play hard every shift in order to earn their next one. The Rangers were on the cusp of their first Stanley Cup appearance since they won the cup in 1994–an 18 year drought. But by the time the New Jersey Devils came to town in the playoffs, they were burnt out.
Let’s look ahead to the 2012-13 season (if there is one at all).
A lockout lasting a few months would mean less than an 82 game season for the players, which would make one think the Rangers would still have energy all throughout the playoffs.
Fresher legs in the spring could make all the difference, as the Rangers showed they had the talent last year to take home the Eastern Conference title.
That’s last year’s team. Now–add Rick Nash. A second scoring option the Rangers have lacked for what seems like forever.
Normally, it was as if the Rangers would win games because Henrik Lundqvist made ridiculous saves and kept the opposition off the board. With more offensive fire power coming into play, Hank may get a few more “easy” victories.
The fans should also come to Madison Square Garden in full support, itching to see Nash in a Rangers uniform.
One of the bigger benefits to the lockout is leading scorer Marian Gaborik. Gaborik is coming off shoulder surgery, and likely won’t return to the ice until late November or December. If the lockout does in fact last that long, Gaborik won’t be missing any meaningful games for the Rangers this season.
At the start of the year, they’ll have a complete team and will be able to show the league what they can do.
Yes, the lockout sucks–for lack of a better term. But in hindsight, it could be really beneficial to this Rangers team as they look to take home the Stanley Cup.
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