Rangers fans seem ready to tear it all down

Run Chicken Little Run (Photoshop by FTNYR)

The votes are in and Rangers fans have spoken loudly. By an overwhelming majority, fans are ready to dismantle and rebuild this very flawed team.

Poll Results

Yesterday, I asked fans to weigh in on 8 veteran players to either keep or trade. No less than 800 fans voted in each poll. The results show, only 2 of those veterans were worthy to keep. Let’s review:

Nash – 83% of 890 voters said TRADE

Grabner – 55% of 948 voters said TRADE

McDonagh – 68% of 912 voters said TRADE

Zuccarello – 72% of 899 voters said KEEP

Smith – 66% of 862 voters said TRADE

Holden – 87% of 856 voters said TRADE

Desharnais – 83% of 830 voters said TRADE

Lundqvist – 65% of 841 voters said KEEP

I think the 2 most stunning takeaways are that 68% of fans are ready to trade their Captain, Ryan McDonagh and that only 65% of fans want to keep one of the greatest Rangers ever, Henrik Lundqvist.

Some are not surprising like Nash, Holden, and Desharnais, but 66% are ready to dump Brendan Smith after 1 year too. That is a heavy indictment on this defense for sure.

When you look at these results, it is obvious that fans are ready for a rebuild and I even asked some experts to weigh in and here’s what they said:

Clean House

I also asked about 2 others who can’t be traded. Marc Staal has a no move clause and a horrible contract so he can only be bought out. The head coach, Alain Vigneault was brought up as well and the results were overwhelming for both.

Staal – 73% out of 801 voters want a buyout

AV – 81% of 807 voters want him fired, with 37% choosing preferably out of a cannon.

The AV result made its way to MSG last night, during the 3rd period of their awful 4-0 no show to Toronto.

Tear it Down

So the results are in and the Rangers fans have rightfully had it. The question now is this, has management finally stopped lying to itself? If the shades are raised in Jeff Gorton’s office, it would be hard for him not to see the light.

Start the Fire Sale.

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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