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It’s New York Rangers day on PHT

Jul 17, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to the start of our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From now until Aug. 14 we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, we continue with one of the “Original Six” franchises, the New York Rangers.

The New York Rangers enjoyed their best season since Mark Messier raised the Stanley Cup in 1994. They won the Atlantic Division and took the East’s top spot with a 109-point season (51-24-7), but fell short to local rival the New Jersey Devils in a six-game Eastern Conference finals series.

Unless the Rangers land a big trade before the season – they’re often linked to Rick Nash in trade rumors – the team will look largely similar to last year’s successful squad. The most noteworthy changes came as they replaced Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko and John Scott with Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham and Jeff Halpern.

They also re-signed Martin Biron to back up Henrik Lundqvist and are looking to sign restricted free agent Micheal del Zotto.

So, what does the future have in store for the Rangers? Stick around PHT today to find out.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    I think the rangers r a better team next year , they filled in the absences of Scott , fedatenko and Prust nicely , they have tons of fire power and as a jackets fan I hope you get Nash and if u do get him , you should be a champion next year

    • homerx - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      “tons of fire power”, where do you get that from? The NYR had a hard time scoring most of the season and relied on goaltending and defense (blocked shots) to get where they did last season; just look at the playoffs and all the game 7’s they had to play. I hate to say it but as a Rangers fan if they don’t add some firepower they will not continue to go that far into the playoffs.

      The good thing is their young players got a lot more experience deep into the playoffs and the addition of Kreider for a full season should help tremendously. Let’s hope Gabby gets healthy.

      • DED - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Agreed. Don’t see the Rangers as having “tons of fire power”.

        The Rangers’ team scoring was the same as it was the year before. At 2.7 G/G, that’s not “tons of fire power.”

        For this coming year, they’ll need Gaborik (when he comes back) and Callahan to have repeat performances. Richards will have to play all season like he did in March. Other guys will have to step up. They’ll need more performance from Boyle (who didn’t improve his offense until late in the season), Hagelin, Stepan, Anisimov and Dubinsky (if they’re still there). Hopefully, Kreider’s playoff performance wasn’t a fluke and he has a great rookie year. They’ll also need more points from the blue line.

        Oh, and the other Ranger that’s gone, but was left out of the article, was John Mitchell.

        But the big thing for the young guys is the added experience of a solid regular season plus a deep playoff run.

  2. mrpigs - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    CK is gonna have a big year!!! LGR!!!

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