New York Rangers have a long offseason ahead of them


When the New York Rangers were in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals, they had an early exit due to the hand of the Los Angeles Kings. It seems the energy that got the Rangers as far as they did, was quickly depleted as they only won one game.

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After every season that ends shy of a championship it is so cliché for fans, analysts and spectators to say “well, there is always next year.” keeping that in mind the Rangers did everything in the regular season to bring that to fruition. Winning the President’s Trophy was only 1 of the titles the Rangers had in mind.

Players like Keith Yandle coming from the Arizona Coyotes and a collaborative effort from the rest of the team especially backup goalie Cam Talbot, respecting his successor while he was hurt by not skipping a beat and rarely losing. All things considered the Rangers were on their way to another Stanley Cup stage, until lightning struck.

In a decisive Game 7, the Rangers inexcusably got shutout at home and now won’t even have the opportunity to avenge last year.

How do the Rangers bounce back from this? Many are afraid that they won’t.  The thing about hockey is only you get so many chances at the cup, look at last year’s champions, they didn’t even make the playoffs.  Will this happen to New York? Will they run out of chances? It’s one of the many questions that can’t be answered now.

The future of some players is also cause of concern.   The King, Henrik Lundqvist has yet to be crowned. As we mentioned the opportunities to win a cup are rare and the odds only get bigger as players get older. The 33 pushing 34-year-old Lundqvist has time, odds and as of recent, luck all against him

Grandpa Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis are only getting older and their beards are only getting more grey. Who knows how much longer they have as Rangers, let alone in the league.

Rick Nash, an amazing player in the regular season, a ghost in the playoffs.  A player that averages almost a goal every other game has found a way to only score once in every five playoff games. Statistically speaking, Nash, who is signed through the 2018 season, was once a promising acquisition but is now having loyal fans question their team’s future with him in it.

The Rangers have a long offseason ahead of them, this time trying to figure out what went wrong, they will also have to consider, who went wrong as well.

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