Wednesday, September 22, 2010
2010-11 Preview: New York Rangers
2009-10 ended in utter disappointment for the Blue Shirts. Not only did they miss the playoffs, they missed the playoff by losing in a shootout in the season's final regular season game. Acquiring RW Marian Gaborik was a success, but the rest of the offense wasn't for most of the season. There was nearly a 30 point gap between Gabby and C's Vinny Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky. Guys like RW Ryan Callahan and C's Chris Drury, Sean Avery, and Eric Christensen are capable of more production and will need to produce more in order for the Rangers to make the playoffs. G Henrik Lundqvist has gone on record with his belief, nay, guarantee that this season will not end on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. He will need some help from D's Marc Staal, Matt Gilroy, and Michael Del Zotto. While it does not seem crazy to me that the Rangers could have a hot streak and climb in to the playoffs in the tough Atlantic Division, it seems crazier to expect the issues in Manhattan resolving themselves with little roster turnover and a tight cap situation.
Player to Watch: D Michael Del Zotto