Amid the frustration and disappointment over the lack of a season, it’s probably no stretch to suggest the one thing upsetting New York Rangers fans the most is
the loss of a team that had the potential to be great.
After the success of last season and the heartbreak that terminated it, fans expected to see a 2012-13 Ranger lineup that had improved its offense and would be seen as a more serious threat.
Even still, that may not even be the saltiest wound. It wouldn’t be shocking if fans didn’t miss the potential greatness as much as they miss the team in general.
Aside from the departure of key roster players such as Brandon Prust, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, and the arrival of Rick Nash, it was suggested the team would go on and possibly capture the greatest glory of them all.
It’s understandable to be frustrated with this lost season that should have been a successful one. And while potential glory is something to miss, I’m not going to lie, I really miss the team.
It’s not even just the fact that I’m missing hockey and my favorite professional team. This is the first Ranger team in a few years that I’ve actually liked as a cohesive, collective group. Sure, it would have been a different team without Prust, Dubinsky and Anisimov, but it still would have been good.
But, you know, they haven’t completely disappeared or died or anything. They’re all just off doing their own things while the NHL is frozen from any play and negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA remain equally as cold as when they started.
In the meantime, here’s what some of New York’s finest Blueshirts have been doing since the lockout began…