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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

NHL's rush to realign a head-scratcher

Henrik Lundqvist and Brian Boyle of the Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist and Brian Boyle of the Rangers look on after Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets scored his third-period goal. (Feb. 26, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

I hear ya.

You're upset about Tortorella and Lundqvist and Gaborik and the power play, and the lack of swagger and sandpaper, which I mentioned on a mini-media blitz on three radio shows yesterday. All with good reason. They're underwhelming at this point, but the Jets are playing well and I get this feeling the Rangers, when healthy, will put together a run. They have games in hand. Will it be enough to get them higher than a six-seed? No guarantees, folks.

But put those concerns aside for a sec; we'll have more on Nash and McDonagh and Del Zotto and Asham when the Blueshirts practice today at noon.

Have you seen this realignment scheme?

http://bit.ly/YE8SuN

Columbus in the Rangers division?  Fans would only see Boston, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Tampa once at the Garden and once on the road?  Chicago and  Detroit separated?  Wild cards? Jeez.

Just wait a couple years until there's 32 teams---or drop two and get to 28---and have an even number of teams in four divisions. Simplify, don't overthink. And there's a provision to change it again in three years?

In fact, why not insitute a new points system first, 3 for a reg win, two for OT win, 1 for an OT/SO loss?  Or bring back ties.  And be consistent on head shots, for Pete's sake.

Looks like shuffling the deck to me instead of dealing with more pressing issues.  

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