Rangers Christmas wishes for the season

Merry Christmas NYR by Joe Hamilton

Merry Christmas dear readers and Rangers fans. First off, I just want to thank you for making us the biggest and best independent NYR blog around. Seriously, it blows me away that 2 million visitors viewed our site over 4 million times. Hopefully we only continue to get better and grow.

Now on to the Christmas wishes.

Trouba back on the first PP unit

The Rangers PP has been abysmal and hurting them by not scoring. That was pronounced in their last loss to Philadelphia where they failed to score on a 5 on 3. Putting Trouba back on the top PP unit gives them a cannon from the point and a player who is looking to shoot first when he gets it. This isn’t a slight against DeAngelo but I think it would be better if he and Fox manned the 2nd PP unit together to give it a more offensive look.

Kakko Klicks

Kaapo Kakko misses the last 2 games, partially due to a sore ankle, but I am willing to bet it was to give him a long rest too. Kakko hasn’t scored a goal since early November and is too often looking to pass instead of shooting. He needs to understand he wasn’t drafted to be a playmaker, the Rangers want him to score goals and score them often. Hopefully he comes out of this rest with that understanding.

Getting a decent return for Andersson

Lias Andersson asked to be traded and has no future with the Rangers. The biggest issue right now is that he’s done nothing to prove to any NHL GM that they aren’t trading for a bust. So the wish is that Gorton is able to package Andersson in a good deal and get a decent return. If that happens, maybe we can count it not as a wish but as a Christmas miracle.

Shesterkin in NY

Igor Shesterkin is the future of the Rangers in net. The Rangers know and want this also. So let’s get on with the obvious and trade Georgiev now and get The Czar of NY here.

Panarin Continues to shine

Artemiy Panarin has been everything Rangers fans could have hoped for and more. After 36 games he has 20 goals and 45 points. At this pace he is looking at a 45 goal and 103 point campaign. Here’s to 50 goals and more for this superstar on Broadway.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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