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Questions Heading into the Off-Season

With the New York Rangers’ season ending Game 6 loss to the New Jersey Devils now a few days behind us, I wanted to ask you guys a few questions:

1) Why do you think the Blueshirts failed to get to the next level this postseason?

2) What do you think happened to Marian Gaborik during the playoffs this year? Why did he stop scoring after scoring 41 goals in the regular season?

3) To get better for next season, what do the Rangers have to address this off-season?

4) Can you envision current New Jersey Devils’ forward Zach Parise being a Ranger next season? Why or why not?

5) While Rangers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto certainly had a solid regular season offensively, what can/should he do to improve defensively?

Please leave your comments in this thread and thanks in advance for thinking about these questions.

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1) Why do you think the Blueshirts failed to get to the next level this postseason?

You don’t think winning the President’s Trophy and coming within two games of making the Stanley Cup Finals is getting to the next level for a team that was the 8th seed and lost in the first round last year?

4) Can you envision current New Jersey Devils’ forward Zach Parise being a Ranger next season? Why or why not?

No, because he’ll be a Red Wing.

Posted by Garth on 05/29/12 at 09:36 AM ET

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1) Why do you think the Blueshirts failed to get to the next level this postseason?
Well, “I” think they got to the next level and really surpassed all reasonable expectations of what the prior year’s team had accomplished

]2) What do you think happened to Marian Gaborik during the playoffs this year? Why did he stop scoring after scoring 41 goals in the regular season?
Because he was better covered than the regular season… the Ranger’s complete lack of secondary scoring means that the opposition D can really focus on Gabby, Richards and MDZ who are the only real scoring threats this team has.

3) To get better for next season, what do the Rangers have to address this off-season?
The Rangers HAVE to find a way to get secondary scoring from Lines 2-4 (yes, including line 4)... This is why they lost to the Devils…who had consistant scoring opportunities with ALL FOUR LINES in all six games.

4) Can you envision current New Jersey Devils’ forward Zach Parise being a Ranger next season? Why or why not?
No… Spending that kind of money when they already have Richards and Gabby would be a mistake.  Spread that Parise money around lines 2-4 and pick up some forwards and D who can actually get shots on goal and finish rebounds (a skill that Mr. Tortorella has YET to instill in this team).

5) While Rangers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto certainly had a solid regular season offensively, what can/should he do to improve defensively?
Nothing…Screw improving the Defense… this team is stacked with good defense from the forwards and the D-men… what they NEED is MORE SCORING… take MORE RISKS… shot the freaking puck and GET IT ON NET…. Pounce on the REBOUNDS….

Posted by Andy Allu from New Jersey on 05/29/12 at 11:07 AM ET

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1) If you mean “next round” then I’d say that they lacked the depth.  Can’t shorten the bench that much that many games and expect to have the juice to finish.  If you mean “next level for the season” I agree with other posters.  They certainly did that.

2) Gabrick was much more tightly checked in the post season.  He had no time and space.  He also was a bit tight I think. When he did get the chance he hit the post or missed the net way too often.

3) They need depth and have to get to a point where they can roll all 4 lines of O and 3 lines of D and only shorten the bench if they need to at the end.  The minutes the top guys put in the post season was just too much.

4) No

5) He’s fine.  More of the same would be great.  Had some trouble in the Devils series but other than that was just what we needed.

Posted by Greg G on 05/29/12 at 12:00 PM ET

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1) what greg g said. they overworked their horses and played too many games. fatigue set in late in the NJ series. you could tell watching.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/29/12 at 05:45 PM ET

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Jiri Hudler is a UFA and has shown an ability to get 30-35 goals.  He would provide quality 2nd-3rd line scoring, and an ability to jump up to the top line. 
They have to hope that Kreider, and Hagelin continue to build on their early success. 
And finally, they have to develop a killer instinct.  It’s not enough to win games by a goal.  They have to overwhelm opponents.  There were not enough games in these playoffs that you could watch and say, the Rangers were the better team for all 60 minutes.

Posted by bsalamon on 05/30/12 at 02:45 PM ET

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