New York Rangers’ Perplexing Offseason Thus Far
We believe that, so far, the New York Rangers have made some poor moves this offseason. They have yet to bring in a significant addition to the offensive end that was their biggest struggle during the run to the Eastern Conference Finals. In the process of failing to add a prolific scorer, the Rangers have managed to lose two of their best postseason performers from last season.
If we were to rank the players on the Rangers roster that performed well during the postseason, Brandon Prust and Ruslan Fedotenko would have been near the top. The Blueshirts have already lost both. They even let one (Fedotenko) make his way to a rival playoff-caliber team in Philadelphia. Fedotenko did not contribute at a high-level during the regular season. However, his extensive experience playing in May and June allowed him to really turn it on for the Rangers in 2012 when they desperately needed someone to.
As for Prust, he was arguably the most aggressive player for New York this year. His chemistry with his teammates and his willingness to fight for himself and them will be difficult to replace. Also, there was nobody on the roster that performed better on the penalty kill. Number 8 played on the short-handed unit as if he was an extra skater, constantly looking to attack. Prust may not be the most talented hockey player around, but he has intangibles that can’t be priced for a hockey club looking to win a Stanley Cup.
Now, don’t get us wrong, the Rangers have taken some steps forward since the season ended. They re-signed backup goaltender Martin Biron which was crucial. Flat out, New York would not have a Vezina winner in net if it wasn’t for contributions from the man below him on the roster.
The Rangers have pushed for toughness by re-signing Arron Asham and Stu Bickel. They also added a solid enforcer in Michael Haley.
Overall, it just hasn’t been what we expected from the front-office thus far. After the unfortunate playoff exit, it was crystal clear what areas the Rangers needed to improve (scoring, scoring, and some more scoring). This is New York, after all, and the fans expected a big splash to be made by a big-name acquisition. They have already missed out on some of the biggest, particularly Zach Parise.
There are still names out there that could make a difference to the front lines of this team, but every day that goes by lowers the chances of getting them. They need some help on offense and they need to do what is necessary to do so before it’s too late.
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