Not only would a shortened season give Gaborik the opportunity to play in a larger percentage of the Rangers games, but it would give other players an opportunity to push themselves harder throughout the year.
The Rangers will go as far as Lundqvist can take them. If a shorter season means less wear and tear on ‘The King’ during the regular season, and therefore better performances beyond April, it benefits him, and thus the Blueshirts.
- Can't argue the logic proposed here as Gaborik needs as much time possible to heal his surgically repaired shoulder and get back into game shape. However, in Hank's case, less rest is not better. Lundqvist does need the occasional breather, but thrives on getting a regular workload to establish a rhythm in net. Playing in less games means less time for him to generate that rhythm.
IF the players go over seas to play then I'm not so sure anyone would get rest jetting around those dodgy Russian planes. Most players will still play either in the AHL if they qualify or in Europe.
Helps Gaborik for sure. Hank will be fine - look at him 40 games into any season - sure I'd rather see an entire season but I'll take a cup now and in 2014!!
@TheKing Completely agree! Don't get me wrong, I would be the first guy to hop on down to the Canyon to see the parade and lose my voice sreaming Let's Go Rangers after the won, but there would always be a part of me that felt cheated. I think a championship in any sport has to be a full season in order to be truely legit.
@TheKing yeah, IDK...the * next to it would bother me, I think
@TheKing Would anyone not want to?
@NHNYR88 What I meant by my question is winning a cup in a shortened season the same as a full season? For me the question is absolutely not. It's just not the same. I can hear all the devil fans saying if the rangers played a full season they would have gotten burnt out just like last season. Say what you want but to me it's not the same. The season is 82 games for a reason and that's to test a teams endurance and toughness.
@TheKing I agree 1000% percent. I've always argued against the legitimacy of the Devils first cup because of the shortened lockout season. Of course part of that is pure hatred I have for the Devils but I don't want to be a hypocrite. Please gd just NO lockout! We are all just way too excited about this team to have a lockout.
Just as I say that I come across this gem of a meme:
That said the Rangers are good. Very good. Right now they are built to win a cup. This is just another point as to why an extended lockout is so bad. It's a great time to be a Ranger fan.... until the owners take it away.
Hopefully Gaborik is game-ready in November. If Gaborik and Nash put up a 40 goal type of season each then we might not even have to worry about Henrik being off his game every once in a while. Not that that's ever going to happen anyway.