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KELLEY: What's up with the Rangers?
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|AROUND THE BOARDS: Kelley's look at the NHL|
New York state of mindEveryone has a theory on what's wrong with the New York
And while on the subject ¿A couple of other Ranger points worth nothing: Lindros has responded poorly to his benching. He's not scoring and he's not working with linemates to create scoring. The power play is rag-tag because there is too much passing and not enough chaos inside the scoring zones and that comes about because there are too few players willing to go there and make something happen.
And in closing on this subject ¿Were you shocked that Trottier got two games for his actions in sending out his goons to beat up on Columbus with just 2.8 seconds left in the contest? You shouldn't have been. The league came down with a similar suspension last season on Calgary's Greg Gilbert. It's not something you see every day in the NHL, but you do tend to see it at least once in the early season as the league gets out a message to the coaching staffs that blatant thuggery will not be tolerated. Gilbert sent a goon squad out early last season and got a similar fine and suspension.
Elsewhere in the Empire State ¿If the New York
Nashville hangs toughJust about everybody outside of Al Gore expected that Nashville
Oh, the Shark bitesHaving caved in rather quickly against goaltender Egenvi Nabokov, the
One final thoughtNHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been going from NHL city to city upping the rhetoric about wanting to start a negotiation with the Player's Association and saying that the current agreement doesn't work and has to be fixed. He's got a very strong point, but it takes two sides to make a deal and you have to wonder why the NHL ever allowed itself to sign an agreement that will have run 10 years when it finally ends. The truth of the matter is is that the owners signed off on this deal and now want to blame the players because it doesn't work. Makes you wonder just why they locked the players out for 103 days way back when this contract was forged, doesn't it?