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Rangers rebuild nearly complete OFFSEASON PRIMER

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PRESEASON OUTLOOK Most folks expected them to be a non competitive team from start to finish and a big seller at the deadline. Most people got this one right.


FINAL RECORD 32-36-14 78 points 7th in Metro miles out of a playoff spot.


HIGH POINT OF THE YEAR The Rangers went 9-1-1 through November 12th beating a bunch of very solid teams during that stretch to run their record to 12-8-2 making many believe they could end up fighting for a wild card spot. The other high point was at seasons end when they moved up to third in the draft.


LOW POINT OF THE YEAR Well from there they won a few and lost a few more with regularity. They faded badly at years end, going 4-10-5 down the stretch to finish well out of the race.


WHAT WENT RIGHT They managed a nice haul for Zuccarello who rumor has it they intend on making a run at bringing him back. Mika Zibenajad  turned into a star or nearly so. The net combo of Lundqvist and Georgiev were a great duo with the kid giving the king rest without a significant dropoff. Kevin Hayes brought a nice return. Kreider had a smashing year. Tony DeAngelo and Neil Pionk established themselves as top four blueliners.They continued to move veterans out for picks and assets and appear to have a serious plan. Kids Chytil and Howden look to have a future as in next year in the top nine.


WHAT WENT WRONG Shattenkirk looks dreadfully lost in New York. Namestnikov, Vesey and Buchnevich were all okay but more was expected. Skei took a big step back. Staal continues to steal his paycheck. Lias Anderson looked hopelessly overmatched in his first season.


FREE AGENTS None to speak of. the concern is next year as Namestnikov, Kreider and Vesey are all UFA after the coming season and the Rangers need to decide where they are in their rebuild between now and next deadline.


OFFSEASON QUESTION MARKS Okay here it is, the Rangers seem to have a plan, putting a bunch of talented kids in place, accumulating tons of picks, do they stick with the plan or turn back into the Rangers and overpay for free agents wrecking what they have been working on? Rumor is they plan on making a huge run for Erik Karlsson which makes sense but he has been fragile in recent years to me the only question is do they stay the course of a pretty solid rebuild or do they spend stupid money on free agency as in years past? To me if they come out of the offseason by dabbling in free agency without the big splash it fits the blueprint they have been working on and IMHO would be better than giving Karlsson 7 years 77 million or some such.

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On 5/21/2019 at 7:20 PM, yave1964 said:

Rangers seem to have a plan, putting a bunch of talented kids in place



Here is one of them...

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