November 25, 2020

New York Rangers fans have plenty to be thankful for this year

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Now would be a great time to express what New York Rangers fans should be thankful for when it comes their team.

Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together and celebrate. The Blueshirts Faithful have plenty to enjoy and talk about as they sit around the virtual dinner table, share a meal and some cocktails, and look back at a thankful season that was engulfed in a global pandemic. 

New York Rangers fans thankful for…

  1. We are thankful for Alexis Lafreniere and the many goals he will score throughout his Rangers career. 

2. We are thankful for Artemi Panarin. He proved to be worth every dime he was paid last season. The Breadman had 95 points while bringing energy to the team not seen since the days of Jaromir Jagr.

3. We are thankful for Mika Zibanejad. The center held down the fort last season as the drama of uncertainty surrounded the club with trade rumors of Chris Kreider and an unpoetic end to the career of Henrik Lundqvist. 

4. We give thanks to the re-signing of Chris Kreider. In the midst of a most certain trade, the winger forged ahead and kept doing what he is paid to do.  He scored goals while ignoring the stories and rumors that surrounded him right up to the trade deadline.  He proved his worth without knowing if he would indeed be a Ranger when March roared in. 

5. We are thankful for Adam Fox. Foxy had an outstanding debut season displaying the skill, speed, and on-ice knowledge wth at will certainly improve over time.

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Time to give Thanks…

6. We are thankful for Anthony DeAngelo and his Twitter account. Ok, maybe I should talk about his growth as a play-making defenseman and his power-play prowess, but Tony is very entertaining on social media. 

7. We are thankful for Igor Shesterkin. He came out of the gate flying winning 10 of his first 12 games carrying the team back to the playoffs.  I think we will be thankful for having him in a Rangers uniform for years to come. 

8. We are thankful for Ryan Strome.  His pairing with Panarin has created a productive one-two punch in the offense. More importantly, we thank his mom for a great job announcing the starting lineup during the mom’s trip last season. 

9. We are thankful for David Quinn doing what no other coach had to do in the last 15 seasons, moving on from Lundqvist in a professional and caring manner.  Following the promotion of Shesterkin, Quinn had to demote the face of the franchise to a backup role.  

10. We are thankful for Brendan Lemieux and his crazy shenanigans on the ice.  A true blue-collar Blueshirt, he has become the guy you look forward to seeing not for scoring but for his bone-crushing hits and tenacity he brings to every game. 

The Gratitude continues on Broadway

11. We are thankful for Kaapo Kakko. The Ranger’s first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft showed his will and desire to be a top player in the NHL. He may have struggled at times last season, but his ability to overcome those struggles was noticed by the coaches and the fans. 

12. We are thankful for the return of John Davidson. Oh Baby! He has his footprint on just about everything that is labeled NYR. He has the team’s management all on the same page with the Stanley Cup being talked about once again.

13. We are thankful for Jeff Gordon. He has been steering the ship in the right direction since the “letter” was sent to fans three years ago. Trades, drafts, and free-agent signings have all been dealt with in positive ways for the club. 

14. We are thankful for the time fans were able to watch Marc Staal and Jesper Fast play their hearts out for our beloved Rangers. The warrior and Quickie will always be a part of this team. 

15. We are thankful to have heard the name Hen-rik Lund-qvist announced so many times throughout the last 15 years. He carried the team on his back too many times to count. His ending on Broadway was not what we had hoped for, but our King will return to get what he is truly owed. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I am truly thankful for my wife and two daughters along with my family who I get to share life with every day.  

The last 8 months have been trying times. We continue to battle the virus that has tried to knock us down daily.  I’m thankful to see all of you continue to get back up, dust yourselves off, and keep fighting, just like our Rangers do every game. 

From my family to yours, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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