New York Rangers
When the Rangers traded Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash back in the summer of 2012, they anticipated receiving the left wing that averaged over 30 goals a season. In his first two seasons with the Blueshirts, however, Nash only scored 21 goals in the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign and 26 last season where he only played 65 games due to a concussion. But this season, the Rangers might finally be getting the Nash they have been expecting.
On this edition of Five on Three, Anthony Pucik, Tara Sledjeski and Martin McCormack discuss the start of the NHL season. They talk about the hot start for the San Jose Sharks, the cold start for the Boston Bruins, and also take a look at the three local teams.
Anthony Pucik, Matt Moro and Drew Casey kick off the second season of One on One's Five on Three on the opening night of the 2014-15 NHL season. They discuss who they think will be dark horses in both conferences, who will disappoint and also take a look at the three local teams and how they will fare this year.
Ranger fans were worried about Derek Stepan when he wasn’t able to go in the team’s first preseason game against the Devils on Monday night. Stepan had a leg injury, but the one he sustained Wednesday afternoon at practice was far more severe.
The New York Rangers opened their preseason at home last night with a 5-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils. While there was a great deal of room for improvement, a lot of the Rangers’ new acquisitions had some impressive first games that could be a great sign of things to come.
Aside from re-signing Dominic Moore and acquiring Dan Boyle and Tanner Glass, the Rangers haven’t been very active in acquiring some of the league’s best free agents this offseason, but they haven’t exactly been quiet either. The Blueshirts have made a handful of depth moves since picking up Boyle and Glass that could prove very beneficial.
After a busy first ten days NHL free agency has calmed down a bit, and there have been some interesting deals to say the least thus far. There have been some overpaid players, veterans that have gone to play elsewhere and some deals that just leave you scratching your head.
The New York Rangers saw their season come to an end Friday night when they lost in double overtime to the Los Angeles Kings in Game Five on the Stanley Cup Final to lose the series 4-1. Many might look back on the series and consider it a disappointment, but this Rangers team accomplished a great deal more this season than was expected.