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"This surreal feeling of being in the playoffs consecutive seasons just won't go away, now imagine we advance around, my head might explode by that point..."
Detroit, MI • United States • 24 Years Old • Male
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...

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.
Filed Under:   Rangers   Sabres   NHL  
April 23, 2007 10:04 AM ET | Delete
I think the NHL needs Buffalo and Ottawa in the ECF more than anything. It will show of the sport at its absolute best... up and down speed... rediculous spped... and a true nasty edge brewing from teh niel hit and subsequent brawl. That series will truly be the BEST the NHL has to offer the viewing public.
April 23, 2007 10:34 AM ET | Delete
Cleon- while I agree the ECF with those teams would be for the best the NHL does need a big market team to keep boosting those ratings in the largest tv market.
April 23, 2007 1:22 PM ET | Delete
I dunno it is kinda difficult not to cheer for the Sabres after you watch them a couple of times...but the NHL does need these big boys to get going.
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