(Ed. Note: It’s an Olympic year in the NHL. So, naturally, we decided to use the trappings of the Winter Games to preview all 30 teams for the 2013-14 NHL season. Who takes the gold? Who falls on their triple-axel? Read on and find out!) To call the last few months a roller coaster for the New York Rangers would be understating it.
The Rangers began last season with the dawn of the Rick Nash Era; made a dramatic deadline move in sending a slumping Marian Gaborik to Nash’s former team; had defenseman Marc Staal have his career threatened after taking a puck to the eye; watched star center Brad Richards struggle mightily in the playoffs, having a fallout with coach John Tortorella, advancing to the second round, seeing Tortorella fired and then watching the man he’d replace in Vancouver, Alain Vigneault, replace him in New York.
It’s a team with untapped offensive potential, strong defensemen and the best goalie in the Eastern Conference. Free of Torts, can the Rangers finally win their first Stanley Cup in nearly 20 years?Read More »from New York Rangers, 2013-14 (Puck Daddy Gold Medal Preview)