Regarding the Rangers, who somehow seem destined to compile a poorer post-deadline record than last year’s remnants of a team:
1. Despite playing for a coach in Alain Vigneault who was not terribly invested by that point and putting out a lineup that included defensemen Ryan Sproul, Rob O’Gara and John Gilmour and forwards David Desharnais and Paul Carey — a quintet that has not played a second of NHL hockey this season since Carey was sent to the AHL by Ottawa after five games — the Rangers went 7-9-3 after tearing the team asunder a year ago.
This year, with David Quinn coaching as cheap nhl jerseys from china
if it were the first half of November with his team occupying a playoff position, the Blueshirts have gone 1-2-4 since both Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello were sent away.
So Chris Kreider’s rather extended walkabout in which he was bounced off the first line, shuttled to the fourth unit for a time and has settled well, who knows where, either complicates the issue or confirms it for management.
Because no one can tell me this stretch in which the winger has no goals and two assists in the last seven at exactly the wrong time is not going to factor considerably in the decision whether to sign Kreider to a pricey, long-term contract extension or trade the 28-year-old (as of April 30) at the draft before he gets into his walk year.
But you know what, too? A couple of those games where Did You See Chris was followed only by a question mark should not have been enough for Quinn to separate Kreider from Mika Zibanejad, himself with no goals and two assists in the last half-dozen matches.