Back in July, I kind of guessed that the Rangers would be a good team this season. It wasn’t just the addition of Brad Richards that influenced me either. It was the status of all the other teams in our division, including our own Flyers. I felt that the Rags had solid depth and the fewest question marks heading into the season, and thus had a solid overall team. I didn’t expect them to sit on top of the league, however. Anyway, predictions are nice and all, but it’s still only the middle of the season. In another few months, we’ll see if I turn out right, or if I’m way off. It seems like someone else is already starting to count their chickens, however.
That someone is none other than their owner, James Dolan. He spontaneously called together a news conference to announce that he felt his club is close to winning a Stanley Cup. It’s the middle of the season, playoffs aren’t even on the horizon, and he’s already boasting. I know last season I was talking about the Flyers being good enough to win the Cup at a much earlier point in the season. The thing is, I’m just a fan with a blog. He’s the freaking owner of a team. When he says something, it carries a lot more weight than when I speak.
I’m not a big believer in jinx’s and random coincidences. But I do think the Rangers are due to struggle immediately after this little statement. Either some guys will get full of themselves and take things for granted, or some guys will feel the pressure to do something that will keep the owner impressed. It doesn’t have to be 10 guys one way or the other. You get 1-2 guys in either of those mindsets, and that could be enough to derail this team. I’m not saying I expect them to go into a funk, and drop out of the playoffs. I do think they won’t keep up the ridiculous winning pace that they’ve had for the last few weeks. That might not hurt them in the end. We’ll see how all of that plays out.
I just don’t like when people involved in sports make these bold statements. It rarely seems to work out in the end. It’s always the quiet humble ones who come out on top in the end. They let their play do the talking. As the owner of the team, he can’t do much on the ice. But if his team does win the championship, that’s when it’s the right time to say he always supported his GM and was glad he stuck by him. That’s when you talk aboutsome secret object you gave him, that you don’t want back until after you get a title. You don’t do that in mid-season, when it can easily come back to bite you in the ass.
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