Ladies and gentleman, a lot of people are looking at this second round series between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers and are claiming that the Rangers are going into this thing without any pressure on them. Of course they are the lowest seed left in the Eastern Conference and they are playing the Presidents Trophy Winners and the #1 seed. If they win, people say, its a great upset, if they lose, they were supposed to. Sure, in a pure hockey sense the Rangers don't have any pressure on them...
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BUT...this is not a pure hockey sense issue my friends. The NHL right now NEEDS the New York Rangers. Disregard Gary Bettman's denials, disregard your bias for your team, in order to have success in any sport your big markets have to bring in BIG money and BIG ratings! The New York Rangers are not playing here just for the city of New York and for themselves, they are playing for their sport. The Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks haven't seen success since Gretzky was a King and Tie Domi was a Ranger. Even the Rangers, this is their FIRST win of a series in 10 years!!! Add a couple of lockouts and you wonder why this sport is so battered. You cannot have success when your biggest markets are failures.
Everyone in the NHL that is not involved in the playoffs should be chanting "Lets Go Rangers" when this series gets going. The Sabres would be a nice story, but the Rangers could be the Mark Messier of the NHL...its savior.
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