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Has it Been that Long?

From Bob Birge at Sportsideo.com:

That Tuesday morning 18 years ago, dawned to oppressive heat and humidity, befitting our moods.

After the 4-1 loss in game six and seeing those damn white towels waiving at Pacific Coliseum amid the beautiful Western Canadian sunset, I was convinced that it wasn’t going to happen.

I was convinced that our beloved—and cursed - hockey team was going to find a new, even more exotic way to break our hearts. We might have thought they had exhausted every possible method of doing that, but squandering a 3-1 lead in the Final would top all the previous heartbreaks.

The Rangers were just never going to win the Stanley Cup again. They would go into the 21st Century as hockey’s version of the Chicago Cubs, the one difference being that these weren’t the “lovable losers”.

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Similar to 1994?

From Patrick Hoffman at Sportsnet.ca:

For Rangers fans, 1994 was the year the team broke the dreaded 54-year Stanley Cup drought by beating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games. It was a year to remember as the team set many single season franchise records and ruled the rest of the National Hockey League.

If this sounds similar to what a particular team accomplished this season, it should because it just so happens to be the 2011-12 version of the Blueshirts as well. While the Rangers did not finish atop the NHL standings this season, they certainly accomplished similar things that the 1994 club did.

For starters, in both 1994 and this season, the Rangers won the Atlantic Division and finished first in the Eastern Conference. In 1994, the Rangers finished the regular season en route to their division title and perched at the top of the Eastern Conference.

This season, the Rangers were just as good as the 1994 team was. The Blueshirts finished the regular season with 109 points and captured their first division title since, you guessed it, 1994.

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What The Rangers Organization Used to Do When It Came to Trades

While winning the Stanley Cup in 1994 was monumental for the New York Rangers organization, it is also a time that marked the beginning of a period where the Blueshirts sacrificed their future for veteran presence and the hope of more Stanley Cups.

Joh Kreiser at NHL.com wrote about what the team gave up in 1994 to end their 54-year drought:

To Smith, that “different kind of team” meant more grit and more experience—particularly experience in winning the Stanley Cup. If it meant sacrificing some skill and young talent, so be it.

To add more grit, Smith dealt talented young forward Tony Amonte to the Chicago Blackhawks for grinders Brian Noonan and Stephane Matteau. The shot of added experience came with the addition of five-time Stanley Cup winner Glenn Anderson, who came in a deal with Toronto that cost the Rangers perennial 40-goal scorer Mike Gartner. In addition, Smith traded promising young center Todd Marchant in a deal that brought checking center Craig MacTavish, a teammate of Anderson’s on Edmonton’s 1990 Cup-winning team.

That would be a major shakeup for any team—it was almost unprecedented for a team leading the League.

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