The New York Rangers Need Production

Tonight's Healthy ScratchesCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 10:  Hnerik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers sits on the ice after giving up a goal to the Philadelphia Flyers on January 10, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Flyers defeated the Rangers 6-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Enough is enough.

This is the National Hockey League. This is not your high school or college team.

Working hard is just part of the equation; finishing is the answer.

I am sick and tired of hearing "how hard" the Rangers have worked. Working hard is great, it's something that every NHL player should be doing. When you are at the professional level in any sport, working hard should not be something that is praised; it should be expected.

You know who worked hard? Blair Betts worked hard. So did Freddie Sjostrom and Petr Prucha. Paul Mara worked very hard, as did Brendan Shanahan. So how come Betts, Sjo, and Prucha aren't on the Rangers second line?

What makes them any different—other than millions of dollars that is—than Chris Drury, Chris Higgins, and Ryan Callahan? What makes Paul Mara expandable and Michal Rozsival or Wade Redden not?

All I hear every broadcast is how hard players like Ryan Callahan and Chris Drury are working. How Chris Higgins is really putting in the effort. Well, that's nice, but how bout they put in something else—goals.

Petr Prucha worked hard every single shift he was on the ice—all he received was more time on the pine.

Paul Mara worked his bearded butt off night in and night out. How ya doin' Montreal?

At least Betts' role was filled very nicely. I mean, it's hard to find someone who will block shots, be a very good role player, play adequate defense, and be above-average on faceoffs—too bad Drury filled that role and he makes $7.5 million more than Betts does.

But hey, the Captain tries...right?

The NHL doesn't pay players to work hard, that is something that is a requirement—they're paid to perform up to the level of a professional.

Enough working hard. Start doing work.

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