Happy Hockey Season! Well hockey season has snuck up on me, perhaps us all. It was not my best summer on a personal level, but I'm going to do everything in my power to make it a better hockey season than last one - at least in terms of keeping up to date with the blog and checking in with readers - if I still have any. (And seriously, I don't blame you if you've all moved on, but I hope to happier places! So many amazing Rangers blogs on the net and people who have actually figured out how to use new twitter!)
But it would not be a hockey season without predictions. There will be no fuss, because, let's face it, no time today and I'm not even sure what to expect this year... but HERE WE GO - - -
I feel confident baring anything crazy the Rangers will be a playoff team. I just refuse to think they'll win the division. If they do - I'm buying a t-shirt. Seriously. Mark it down. I think they'll net out 4-8 and make the playoffs. But if Hank can be Hank and the Rangers score consistently, they can be as good as, if not better than, the rest of the teams in the East. A lot will fall into place soon enough. But I just don't trust them enough (love them, don't trust them) enough to make a more bold prediction. We all know how the last few years have gone. Plus Jagr is back, and I'm making this prediction. If healthy - he scores a ton - and especially against us. He's going to make us wish we never let him go. Oh wait - I seriously wish they never let him go. Drury and Gomez deserved the money SOOO much more, right? Please. With that said, thank you Jaromir and best of luck. As long as you didn't become a Penguin, I wish you many, many goals. Just hopefully not against the boys in blue.
And Phoenix, my poor babies out West. I don't even know your team anymore. I hope you prove my lousy predictions wrong-wrong-wrong and make the playoffs and kick butt. I'll always be rooting for you!
And thus - here begins the 2011-2012 season. I'm hoping for a great year for all of you, personally and through hockey.
Probably going to miss the Montreal/Toronto game tonight! - Boo! But will be watching the Rangers tomorrow! Check in after the game.