Rangers Talk: Why Trades Aren't the Right Fix for the Team's Current Problems

Scott AbusoCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06:  Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers is congratulated by teammates after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL game at Consol Energy Center on January 6, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers are currently tied for the title of best team in the NHL.

Both the Blue-shirts and the Red Wings have 69 points a piece. The Red Wings boast a record of 34-16-1 while the Rangers hold a record of 32-12-5.

Although the Rangers have experienced great success to this point in the season, they have a few minor problems to deal with.

The most significant of these problems is, in my opinion, the power play.

The New York Rangers seem to have had power play production troubles for the past few years, so the fans aren't exactly surprised by it.

The real issue is that the Rangers' inability to score, or at least gain favorable momentum on the power play, could develop into a problem in the playoffs.

Sure, the Rangers are a strong, dedicated, hustle-it-out, defensive minded kind of team, so this problem hasn't affected a significant amount of games in the regular season.

In the playoffs however, the competition really steps their game up. The Rangers may find it tough to come away with victories if they can't score on the man advantage.

Personally, i don't think it will become a huge issue.  The Rangers have one of the best penalty killing squads in the league, so the they can make up for their lack of power play conversions in regular, 5 on 5 hockey.

Even if the Rangers were to have their power play struggles really affect their game, i don't think making trades is the answer.

There is an old cliché that goes—"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

The New York Rangers are playing like a real hockey team. A way we haven't seen a Rangers squad play in years.  

They have unmatched chemistry.  The Rangers play like a family when they're on the ice—it's as simple as that.  

They block shots. They drop the gloves.

Every effort is a team effort.

I fear that if a new addition is made to the team, at the expense of an already working, well-fitting part, they just won't play the same way.

The Rangers have a boatload of talent on their roster. I believe that any problems they're currently facing, they will find ways to sort them out.  

That, of course, is just my opinion.