by Patrick Hoffman on 06/15/12 at 03:50 PM ET
Looking at the team that just won the Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Kings, it was easy to see why they won hockey’s Holy Grail.
They got great goaltending with Jonathan Quick, got timely goal scoring up and down the lineup and played terrific defense. This is what teams in hockey need to do to win and the Kings did it to a “T”.
Looking at the New York Rangers, the team has two of the above mentioned three characteristics it takes to win a Cup. In goal, the Blueshirts have perhaps the best netminder in all of hockey with Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes. The “King” was brilliant this year and whenever he was in net, the Rangers always had a chance to win a hockey game.
The Rangers’ defense was also outstanding. They block a lot of shots, they break up a lot of plays, they know when to join the rush and they do a good job of protecting Lundqvist.
However, when it comes down to it, the team just did not and does not have the scoring that was needed to win in the postseason. Marian Gaborik scored 41 goals in the regular season but in the postseason, was quiet on the offensive side. For now, we will just say it was that way because was hurt.
The Rangers need another guy who can put the puck in the net besides Gaborik. Yes, the team has guys like Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and even Chris Kreider but what this team needs is another bonafied scorer.
It is more than likely that the team will try and go after the likes of Zach Parise (has already said that he does NOT want to be a Ranger), Rick Nash among others. This is going to be extremely important as Gaborik is expected to be out until December or so.
Scoring is what the Rangers need. They are set on both defense and goal for the forseeable future and if they want to get to the next level, scoring is what they will need.
If you are the Rangers, who are you looking to pick-up this off-season?
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