2008/09 New York Rangers Season Preview

New York Rangers2.  New York Rangers Season Preview

They had a solid season last year making it to the second round of the playoffs and I see them doing the same this year, maybe even better.

Losing both Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan would really hurt most teams, but the Rangers still have a good group of forwards. Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Markus Naslund and Nikoali Zherdev make up parts of a solid top 6 group. Youngsters Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Dan Fritsche, Nigel Dawes, Petr Prucha and Lauri Korpikoski will all do a solid job helping out with secondary scoring. Plus there’s Colton Orr who’ll make sure no one messes with the team’s top players.

I wasn’t sold on the Rangers defence last year, but I am this year. Re-signing Michal Roszival was a smart move, as was signing UFAs Dmitri Kalinin and Wade Redden.  Paul Mara has a booming shot from the point and both Daniel Girardi and Marc Staal will look to take what they learnt last year and have solid seasons.

In net the Rangers are sitting pretty with back-to-back 37 game winner Henrik Lundqvist and Stephen Valiquette.

As with the Flyers, if the Rangers stay healthy they should be battling with Philly for 1st in the division.

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