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Rangers don’t let lockout stop them from raising banner

Dec 26, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers are celebrating their 2011-12 Atlantic Division title win even if they might not get a chance to defend it this season.

The New York Times points out that the team now has a banner for that division title, which is currently located right next to the banner for their “curse-breaking” Stanley Cup victory in 1993-94.

It can be tough to determine which accomplishments justify the banner treatment, but perhaps it makes sense to raise a divisional banner considering the Rangers’ run of struggles since Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter won it all.

At least they’ve decided not to hold a pre-game ceremony for the banner raising, with one team official pointing to “higher aspirations.”

(That’s not a wild statement, either. They did trade for Rick Nash, after all – in case the work stoppage made you forget.)

  1. njdevils44 - Dec 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Good for them. Where it proud.

    • zetaone - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      where it?

  2. sportsfan69 - Dec 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Ok, I’m revealing my favorite team. Let’s hope it’s not in vain. I personally like the Statue of Liberty crest uniforms the best.

    • blomfeld - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      GO RANGERS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      One of the classiest and “coolest” organizations of all time ! Mein lieber Sportsfan, I wouldn’t even remotely know where to begin? GAG Line = Goal a Game … Brad Park = 2nd only to Bobby Orr … Jean Ratelle = Jean Beliveau Part 2 … and on and on it goes. Good for you friend and praise be! :)

      • sportsfan69 - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:41 AM

        Hey Blomfeld,

        Thank you, let’s get this dam season started soon. Hopefully, for our sake it’s a NYR vs LAK finals.

  3. martysbetter - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Oh yeah, I completely forget they traded for Rich Nash….sh*t.

    • martysbetter - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      *Rick Nash

  4. chaseutley - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    It’s only their 3rd division title since 1942. I guess they get a mulligan for forgetting to have fans or a game there when they raised the banner.

  5. acieu - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Rich Nash is just as accurate if he draws a pay check again.

  6. sdelmonte - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    They raised it in front of a crowd of very confused Knicks fans?

  7. kitshky - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    This is ridiculous. You raise the banner FOR your fans you numbskulls.

  8. ram11273 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    It sucks that the players who earned this banner and the fans who supported them all season aren’t able to be part of the raising of the banner. #endthelockout

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