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The New York Rangers Are Done, But…

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This might have represented the best of all worlds in the three-dimensional universe in which the Rangers live.

For: 1) Being summarily swept out of the qualifying round, 1-2-3, lickety-split by the Candy Canes of Carolina does not erase the significant strides the 2019-20 Rangers took in transforming from lottery-fodder to playoff relevance.

But: 2) The ouster that Tuesday’s competitive 4-1 defeat, in which Igor Shesterkin returned to nets after missing the opening two matches with an unspecified injury, served a welcome purpose in reminding everyone that the team has miles to go before it can be considered a Stanley Cup contender.

And: 3) The defeat gives the organization a 12.5 percent chance of becoming the luckiest loser in NHL history by coming away with the first overall pick in the 2020 draft when the second round of the lottery is conducted Aug. 10, and by the way, maybe the talented winger out of Rimouski would not be the slam-dunk selection with that big center from Sudbury there for the taking.


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TreKronor's avatar

Was it Larry or stan who had written just a few weeks ago that the Rangers could and would win the cup…

Posted by TreKronor on 08/05/20 at 10:57 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Yep TK, it was Brooks.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/05/20 at 11:07 PM ET


Typical New York hype. They are the best until they aren’t.

Posted by Puckbubba on 08/06/20 at 10:16 AM ET


Brooks wasn’t just predicting a Cup, he was predicting a dynasty. Perhaps he was a BIT ahead of himself. They have a lot of good pieces and are about to get one more but the reality is it is difficult to predict how players will mature, how contracts will play out and how injuries and events can impact a team over the years.

One thing I wouldn’t get too excited about is Ranger’s goaltending. Season after season they are goalies who have great starts only to fade just as quick. History is also full of goalies who were great in the regular season but could never raise their level of play in the playoffs. I’m not saying the Rangers haven’t found their goalie of the future, it’s just not as certain as Brooks and others make it out to be.

Posted by evileye on 08/11/20 at 10:50 AM ET

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