Similar cialis I know it may seem a bit unusual to write a New York Rangers season preview two games into the 2011/2012 season, similar cialis but the Rangers are a very unusual team – as any diehard Blueshirts fan will tell you.

Similar cialis The start of the season ends a whirlwind summer that saw Glen Sather’s under-the-radar pursuit of Brad Richards pay off. Similar cialis It also ends an off-season filled with tragedy as the Rangers family lost Derek Boogaard, similar cialis Alexander Karpovtsev, similar cialis Karel Rachunek, similar cialis and Jan Marek.

Similar cialis The Richards’ signing goes beyond finding a center for Marian Gaborik and solving the Rangers power play woes. Similar cialis Richards brings a veteran presence who knows how Coach John Tortorella operates.

Similar cialis “To see how Torts operates, similar cialis I know it works, similar cialis” Richards relayed to Chuck Gormley in 2011/2012 Sporting News Hockey Yearbook. Similar cialis “It reminds me of what we did in Tampa. Similar cialis At the end of the day, similar cialis it’s the right fit for me.”

Similar cialis While Richards knows what to expect from the coach, similar cialis Tortorella knows what the Conn Smythe Trophy winner brings to the team.

Similar cialis “We’ve got guys on the cusp of learning what they need to do as a pro, similar cialis” the coach explained to Gormley. Similar cialis “Forget about what the stats are. Similar cialis Mentoring and teaching kids to be a pro – I think that’s going to be very important. Similar cialis He fits the bill there.”

Similar cialis Just when everything seemed to be getting back to normal as the Rangers hit the ice, similar cialis the Marc Staal Saga came to the forefront. Similar cialis Questions still swirl as to whether or not Staal is suffering from post-concussion syndrome or if there is some other physical ailment that is causing his symptoms.

Similar cialis As we have seen with the problems Sidney Crosby has had recovering from his post-concussion problems, similar cialis Staal’s return is an open-ended proposition.

Similar cialis Staal’s situation caused a butterfly effect that saw Tim Erixon’s seasoning in the AHL put on hold, similar cialis the Rangers claiming of defenseman Jeff Woywitka off waivers and, similar cialis perhaps in the most talked about move in years, similar cialis the waiving and demotion of Sean Avery to the Connecticut Whale.

Similar cialis The Internet was afire with the talk of Avery’s demotion with half the fans content to be done with Avery’s antics and half being upset that Avery was kicked to the curb in favor of Erik Christensen.

Similar cialis The pro-Avery faction railed against Tortorella’s dislike for all things Avery – which began back during Avery’s “sloppy seconds” days when Torts was a broadcaster. Similar cialis Contrary to the belief of Avery’s fans, similar cialis Tortorella is not the first coach, similar cialis nor will he be the last, similar cialis to “run off” a player because of personality conflicts.

Similar cialis Taking a step back and looking at the move with an objective eye, similar cialis the decision really wasn’t so much Avery over Christensen. Similar cialis It was Michael Rupp and Wojtek Wolski over Avery. Similar cialis Rupp replaces the physical presence that Avery (and Boogaard) brought while Wolski’s $3.8 million salary means the Rangers could not afford to keep Avery’s nearly $2 million contract as a bench player – while Christensen’s $925, similar cialis000 salary is much more manageable from the press box.

Similar cialis The Rangers will remain a team in flux until Staal returns to the lineup on a permanent basis and until Tortorella finds a LW for Richards and Gaborik. Similar cialis During their two game trip to Europe, similar cialis Torts tried everyone but Martin Biron on their wing. Similar cialis He even broke up his two star forwards in an attempt to find some offense.

Similar cialis This search for offense is one that is going to continue throughout the season unless they improve two parts of their game. Similar cialis Obviously, similar cialis the Rangers moribund power play continued to rear its ugly head in Europe as they went zero for eight.

Similar cialis All the talk of need a QB for the power play or anointing Richards as the savior of the man advantage means nothing until the Rangers start stationing a man in front of the net and raining shots ON goal (not at goal or near the goal).

Similar cialis Without that man parked at the top of the crease (thus tying up one of the penalty killers), similar cialis the Rangers power play is content to work the perimeter – which would be fine of you had Al MacInnis and Bobby Hull firing howitzers from the point.

Similar cialis Last year the Rangers finished with 233 goals, similar cialis good for 16th in the NHL. Similar cialis Their power play was ranked 18th in the NHL (16.9%). Similar cialis If the Rangers could have manage even seven more PP goals last year, similar cialis they would have finished with a Top Ten PP and, similar cialis in the right situations, similar cialis could have added a few more points – thus allowing the Rangers some breathing room in terms of making the playoffs.

Similar cialis Another way the Rangers can generate some offense is to pick up their forechecking – a part of their game that was almost as inconsistent as their PP. Similar cialis The Rangers have the type of forwards who excel at a putting pressure on the forecheck when they are focused at pinning their opponents.

Similar cialis The Blueshirts goal (pun intended) should be to add 13 goals to their total of last season. Similar cialis That would boost the team to 246 goals for an average of three goals per game. Similar cialis That might not seem like a lot, similar cialis but only seven teams score that many goals and Buffalo finished with 245.

Similar cialis We are now entering the Foxwoods Final Five paragraphs ?

Similar cialis The 2010/2011 Rangers were road warriors last season which was very important given that they had the fewest amount of home points for any playoff team, similar cialis as both Carolina and New Jersey had more than New York’s 44 and Toronto tied them.

Similar cialis With Madison Square Garden’s renovations keeping the Rangers on the road until the 8th game of the season on October 27 – including a four-game/eight-day Western Conference trip – the Blueshirts will have to convert last year’s success to this year. Similar cialis However, similar cialis a quirk in the schedule will require the Rangers to turn the refurbished Garden into a Garden of Nightmares for opponents.

Similar cialis Both of the Rangers games in Europe were counted as road games while the Anaheim and Buffalo were “charged” with one home games and Los Angeles lost two home games because, similar cialis as Andrew Gross of The Record reported, similar cialis the Kings owner AEG owns the arenas in Stockholm and Berlin. Similar cialis Yet another plus that Gross points out is that the Rangers will not have to make a California trip this season.

Similar cialis With expectations high for the Rangers, similar cialis Sather and Tortorella are not going to be as forgiving to players who are not producing. Similar cialis The one thing the Rangers learned from the Traverse City Prospects Tournament is that the organization has young talent in the AHL that can come up to New York and make an impact.

Similar cialis The team has shown that they are not afraid to bury contracts in the AHL (Avery and Wade Redden) or buy out ineffective players (Chris Drury). Similar cialis With the team searching for a LW for Richards and Gaborik, similar cialis and the possibility of needing an impact blueliner to take Staal’s place, similar cialis it is not out of the realm of possibility that Wolski hits the Connecticut shuttle – thus freeing up his salary cap space – while someone like Ryan Bourque or Carl Hagelin gets a chance to be this season’s Derek Stepan.

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