The New York Rangers got some serious bulletin-board material today.
“The Rangers are done,” read the headline above a column written by the New York Post’s Larry Brooks.
At the very least, you have to appreciate its simplicity.
An excerpt from that column:
The Rangers look slow. They look unsettled. They don’t look like a well-coached team. They look like a playoff-bubble team that will need Henrik Lundqvist to be at the height of his powers every night in order to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
Much of the column’s criticism focused on head coach Alain Vigneault, whom Brooks believes should be getting the Rangers “onto the ice for hard practices where they could work on their deficiencies,” as opposed to giving them time off for “rest and recuperation.”
The Rangers lost, 5-2, Saturday in Washington. Since starting the season 16-3-2, they’re 8-13-3. Their playoff cushion has decreased to just three points.
Not helping matters? Derrick Brassard is sick and unlikely to play tonight against the Canucks.