The Rangers have had what you could call an interesting season. The real buzz of the season started on the first day of free agency, when they went out and signed Chris Drury and Scott Gomez.
Then the season began, and the Rangers couldn't buy a goal for the better part of the first quarter of the year. Tom Renney juggled line combinations during games about the same number of times that you eat in a day, while at the same time, Henrik Lundqvist was keeping the Rangers from having a miserable start, putting up stats that were incomprehensible for about two months, before playing normal Henrik Lundqvist hockey, which still isn't that bad (2.28 GAA, .910 save percentage).
Now, almost six months after Michal Roszival scored 37 seconds into the season, the Rangers will sit five points out of first in the division and conference, behind the winner of the Penguins-Devils game tonight, (unless Montreal beats Boston, in which case they will be six points back, but they will have a game in hand on the Canadiens) with seven games remaining, including two games each against the Penguins and the Devils.
So, who is the Rangers MVP?
My pick for the Rangers MVP is the same person who was selected as the Rangers MVP last year, Henrik Lundqvist. Despite an up-and-down stretch for almost three months of the season, the Rangers have all the faith in the world in him, and for good reason.
Early this season, Henrik made the Rangers goal scoring drought early on seem less daunting as it was, because his play allowed the Rangers to come away from games with 2-1, or even 1-0 wins, when on most nights they would have lost by the identical score.
Even during an extended tough stretch in the middle of the season, which included health problems with his father, Henrik still gave me and other Ranger fans the confidence that the Rangers had a chance to win with him in net.
He has become the only goaltender to get 30 wins in each of his first three seasons, and he became the fastest goalie to get 100 wins wearing Ranger blue.
Currently, he is 8th in the league in GAA, and second in the Eastern Conference behind only Martin Brodeur.
So, my pick for the MVP of the Rangers is Henrik Lundqvist. Who is yours?