I'm not surprised at all, and we've still managed to succeed as a team this season and make a push for the playoffs. Pretty huge plus imo.. we might even get a few guys back fresh for the playoffs, an advantage a lot of teams won't have.
i thought they were going to win the cup with that trade for nash in the offseason. on paper they look like the best team out there. solid defense good goaltending and they have callahan gaborik nash richards stephan haglin and a solid 3rd and 4th line. all the piece seem to be there. streakyyyyy players i guess.
They also have one of the very best goalies in the league.
Then again, this is what the Rangers do. Underachieve, disappoint, [shot of Sather eating a cigar], underachieve, disappoint...
And Holland should have predicted this, how? Everyone was curious about Semin, but when they "kicked the tires" most backed away. That should tell you something.
Not saying he should've predicted it. Just saying, it's not like Semin's an all-out, balls-to-the-walls cancer who barely moves on the ice and drags everyone down and blah blah blah. We need goals (just as we have for the past several seasons, if not more), and Semin has a nose for the back of the net. He wasn't high on my list this summer, but, well, credit where it's due, I guess.
We're all, "Yay! The young guys are finally getting a shot, and showing their stuff! So there are gonna be some big changes this summer!" But the only reason the young guys are up on The Big Club to begin with is injuries (e.g. Helm, Bertuzzi, Filppula, Samuelsson, Colaiacovo....) So what happens when these guys get healthy and return to the lineup? What happens to our youth movement then? Am I way off in assuming Tatar & Co. will get flushed back down to Grand Rapids and Holland will say something to the effect of "This whole ordeal has shown us our young guys can step in when called upon. (But there's just no room for them as is)"? Which is ok, I guess. I just can't wrap my head around why everyone seems to think all these young guys are now full-timers.