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.
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.
The New York Rangers 45-31-6 record was good enough to earn them 96 points and second in the Metropolitan Division. This put them in the playoffs for the fourth straight season and their eighth appearance in the last nine seasons. However, this is the first season the Rangers will be in the playoffs under new head coach, Alain Vigneault.
But they remain a player away
The Rangers head into this season coming off an 8th place finish and another first round playoff exit—the team’s second under head coach John Tortorella. 2011-2012 will be the teams third full season under the fiery Tortorella, and it’s clear the organization has its eyes on getting out of the 1st round of the playoffs, something the Rangers have accomplished just twice since the lockout.
Brad Richards, photo courtesy of MSG Photos