The real reason I am here to write this article is for multiple reasons. I will come out and admit I am a long-time Rangers supporter, I’ve watched them for now nearly 14 years, I’ve seen them through their lows and highs like the Stanley Cup final loss. I am a die-hard hockey fan, but also more importantly a very realistic and down to earth hockey fan. I am not your typical Ranger fan though. You may be imagining a stuck up, New York accent screaming “remember 2014 bro” fan you are thinking of. I will be the first to admit when the Rangers are struggling and right now they are. But the big reason I am here is because how cynical and disloyal some Rangers fans are. Listen and hear me out.
New York Rangers rebuild…
The Rangers hired a college coach, a Boston University coach, someone with no NHL experience as their head coach. This was for the reason to yes develop young players and get the rebuild going. I don’t think anyone had expectations of this team being a playoff team this season (2018-19) year and many fans knew it would be a rough and bumpy season. The part that disappoints me is that after a win vs the Ducks Thursday night and coming off a win vs the Sharks Tuesday night, Ranger fans were clearly not happy.
Head Coach David Quinn has scratched Pavel Buchnevich two games in a row and played Filip Chytil 10:05 in the game vs Anaheim Thursday and 8:53 vs San Jose Tuesday night. After seeing the minutes Chytil played Ranger fans and blog reporters turned to the internet and wrote articles like “Dan Quinn is failing Filip Chytil” this type of knee jerk reaction is what makes me scratch my head. What did Rangers fan expect? If the kid is not playing well to see 18 minutes a game? I understand the rebuild part but you don’t go into games and lose every game as a first year head coach, you still need to be competitive. The fact Quinn has taken two on the road now this week is a good sign. It is 13 games into the season, Chytil is in dry spell right now he will bounce out of it and Quinn will play him the minutes all fans want to see.
You need to take a breather and watch something. The article only gets more brutally honest.
Another reason I am writing this article is because before the game Thursday night Larry Brooks the reporter for the Rangers tweeted
“Buchnevich remains out of the lineup. Quinn said players who were in for victory at San Jose deserve to get another shot, “for their effort”.”
Brooks exaggerated the quote a little with the quotation marks over “for their effort”, indicating it to be a comical comment(in my opinion). To me, I don’t see the wrong in this, your team won against what is to be the best in the Western Conference therefore the guys who played that game obviously did something correct therefore they get another look next game and see what they can do. I think that is called playing the hand you have and giving everyone an opportunity. Fans are making it seem like Buchnevich has been scratched for 13 games straight, its an 82 game season people he will play. We have seen the guy for three years now and he is not showing anyone in the Rangers organization a reason to be a consistent player in the line up year in and year out everyone comes in with high hopes for Buchnevich and he does not live up to expectations.
After that tweet from Brooks fans started tweeting at him stuff like…
“4th line duty for Chytil. He will get his usual 8 minutes. Rebuilding is different with the Rangers.”
“The problem here is he was way to hyped way too much before he got here, and so far hasn’t really shown any consistency at the NHL level.” (Assuming this is Buchnevich)
“I agree, I’m almost at the point where I want him to be traded and flourish elsewhere so that the Rangers can see how badly he was managed in NY.”
“Yeah let’s continue to play bums instead of a struggling prospect. He will learn so much from the bench. AV 2.0.”
“Brotha. We need to lose every game and trade everybody in the pro. Cess. Wtf u talkin about.”
To be fair, I did see some comments stating that Buchnevich is not ready for the NHL, he doesn’t show consistency ever and he is just not gelling in NY right now. As well as comments like “yup, that’s my coach. #accountability #bebetter” But a majority of these fans either one think Buchnevich is some Wayne Gretzky that is sitting on the bench and Quinn is doing this purposefully to torture the kid or that he should be traded and out of New York. Ranger fans are known for their knee jerk reactions, with very little logic/knowledge about the game. If you are not a Rangers fan, and from the NY area you probably joke about Madison Square Garden being filed with “suit fans” who just come to games because their company had tickets. Tons of suit fans screaming “shoot” while the shooter has 2 defenders in front of him is exactly how you imagine Ranger fans.
Anyways back to Buchnevich, I agree with Quinn here, Buch is a player that does not show consistency and just seems to be the player who can easily be edged due to his effort and what he brings to the table, put someone else in and try something new. As for Chytil, people the kid is not an Elias Pettersson, all NYR fans are way to high on this kid and think he is going to be like a Pettersson or other top NHL prospect. Ranger fans they stretched on taking Chytil in 2017 at 21st overall. The kid is 19-years-old he is not going to be a Matt Barzal, Auston Matthews, Patrick Laine, Brock Boeser, Alex Wennberg, etc and come in at 18-y/o and dominate. He needs sometime to adjust and get used to the speed, not to mention he is a 6’2 around 190 lbs, once he gets some size, confidence and more experience at the NHL level, he’ll be fine. Drop your expectations for these players and here’s your reality check. Buchnevich is not as great as everyone thought he was going to be, he showed an inconsistent pace since he has come into the league, he shows some great signs in the offensive end, moving with the puck, creating offense an using his size/speed but then there are times when he has nothing. Chytil has played a total of 22 NHL games, relax. He is a second rounder who we stretched to in the first round. He will come around and do just fine. He showed great development in Hartford last season and now is adjusting to a whole different nature.
This rebuild will take time, the more you jump the ship on your coach and put him down and don’t trust what he is doing the longer this process will be. They have great talent coming up and brewing right now, they are playing competitive also which is a great sign. On top of that all, they are getting used to this rebuild phase, Quinn is a brand new NHL coach he will make mistakes and he will learn from them. Relax, NYR fans, enjoy the rebuild and stay off Twitter some of you, sheesh.