Here’s the first of what should be many Rangers report cards. This one from Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report. A few notables…
10-Marian Gaborik … D … Not nearly enough production, not nearly enough consistency, and on some nights not enough effort. Part of the blame was his lack of linemates.
16-Sean Avery … C … Whether he was hamstrung by being forced to walk the line and not cross it is the argument. For two years now, hasn’t been the player he once was.
17-Brandon Dubinsky … B+ … Was the first half MVP, and shone when Ryan Callahan went down the first time. Still inconsistent, though, and was in the playoffs, too.
18-Marc Staal … A … I agree with John Tortorella. Staal was really good, especially when challenged by an Alex Ovechkin type, but there’s more to come.
Coach-John Tortorella … A … You can give him some blame for the power play, which really didn’t have any weapons, but made this the most honest, hard-working, rugged Rangers team in years and years, and is the reason you believe the plan is working, and will work.
GM-Glen Sather … B … His checkbook aquisitions continued to be spotty with Boogaard and Frolov, but Rozsival for Wolski gained some cap space, the Biron signing was terrific, getting guys like Boyle and Prust and McDonagh and Fedotenko, too. And his draft record lately, pretty darn good: Staal, Callahan, Dubinsky, Stepan, Anisimov, with Krieder and a bunch more coming.
…i’m not going to analyse everyone of these but one thing that jumped out on me was Carp’s criticism of the Frolov contract under his Sather assessment. I actually thought it was a great contract. One year for $3 million. It’s not Sather’s fault Frolov blew out his knee. Boogaard’s contract? Well that’s a whole other story.
…i’m not going to do my own report card because after you see three of these things they all pretty much start looking the same.