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The State Of The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, who with 16 wins in 31 games entering Friday’s Garden match against the Kings, are precisely the ordinary team their record indicates:

1. Stretches such as this one, in which the Blueshirts have played well in one of their past six matches (good versus the Devils while poor against the Panthers, Penguins, Capitals, Stars and Senators) should create clarity for Jeff Gorton as the general manager weighs his options with the Feb. 26 trade deadline coming into view.

Because no matter the paucity of formidable teams in not only the Eastern Conference, but also in the NHL, it is unrealistic to reach the conclusion the Rangers are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, or even an affordable piece away from becoming one. Hence, it is incumbent upon Gorton to cash in on the expiring assets under his control and accelerate the team’s remodeling, whether it costs ownership a couple of playoff dates or not.

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