New coach or not, the result is the same.
Another third period burn out continues to put the Rangers behind the eight ball in the Eastern Conference standings.
Despite an overall better effort by the Blueshirts, New York failed to maintain a lead in the third period and fell to 7th place, only one point out of the playoff picture.
It is clear that the Rangers have been playing with more pace and have been putting forth a good effort, but at this point in the season, there is no such thing as a moral victory.
Over on BB+, we broke down last night's contest with player reaction.
But the bigger question goes beyond just one game, what do the Rangers do by the trade deadline?
Sean Avery is not a guarantee and which roster player sits if he is acquired?
Do the Rangers sit pat and hope that their franchise goalie gets them into the playoffs? Should they focus on the playoffs or try and eliminate some veterans and rebuild in the of-fseason?
There isn't a clear scenario.
Reading around, there seems to be two frames of thought:
1) Make a big trade with a top player despite the cost
2) Leave the roster alone and don't sacrifice the youth for the sake of this season
Of course, this is not anything earth shattering. Almost all teams have this battle which is what makes the trade deadline so intriguing. Who goes in what direction?
So, with the deadline this Wednesday, we will be evaluating a few options that may be available for the Rangers.
Stay tuned over the next couple days as we see who could pull the Rangers out of this funk and into the playoffs...