After a long off season (longer than usual, because of the lockout), hockey is finally back and in full swing. After numerous canceled games and a canceled Winter Classic, the skates have finally hit the ice.
I, for one, am extremely excited about seeing pucks fly and bodies being pushed up against the glass. Many trades and negotiations have been made over the off season, but for now, I am going to focus on my favorite team: The New York Rangers.
Rick Nash, the right wing, was acquired by The Rangers during the off season in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus was looking to give away one of their top players for a hefty price, and after a fair amount of negotiations, they have settled with the Rangers.
Nash, Steven Delisle, and a conditional third round draft pick for the 2013 draft were sent to the Rangers by the Blue Jackets for Tim Erixon, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky and a first round draft pick. Many Ranger fans were excited to see this trade happen because of the caliber of play that Nash is capable of, but many others were sad to see their favorite players go.
So far, Nash has been a great asset to the team. He has one goal and five assists, and he is tied for second on the points board for the team with six. The only player who has more points than him is Marian Gaborik with eight. Gaborik has been having a great season also with five goals and three assists within six games. Hopefully he will stay healthy and continue to get more points for the Rangers.
The Rangers started off a little slow (an 0-2 start), but they came back to win a thriller in overtime against original six rival, The Boston Bruins. They then lost to the Philadelphia Flyers by a goal, but they are now on a two game winning streak after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers. Hopefully, this trend can continue when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on the 31st, as the Rangers hope to avenge their home opener loss from when they played the Pens on the 20th.
During the January 29th game against the Flyers, Rangers captain and all-star, Ryan Callahan, injured his shoulder during the game. Sources say that he is scheduled to have an MRI on his shoulder soon. Hopefully he will not be sidelined for long as he is a great asset to the team.
Here’s to a great hockey season and LET’S GO RANGERS!!!