Record: 52-24-6 110p (2nd in the Metropolitan)
Playoffs: Lost in the Conference Finals to TB
G – Alexander Georgiev (Trade – COL), F – Andrew Copp (DET), D – Patrik Nemeth (Trade – ARI), D – Justin Braun (PHI), F – Frank Vatrano (ANA), F – Ryan Strome (ANA),
G – Jaroslav Halak, G – Louis Domingue, F – Vincent Trocheck,
After three steps forward, the New York Rangers look to have taken a few steps back. As the Rangers look to continue their progress that saw them head to the Eastern Conference Final, they will be doing so without some key names in their lineup. Gone are trade deadline acquisitions, and key pieces to their playoff run, Andrew Copp and Frank Vatrano. As well as Ryan Strome, whom many among the fanbase were happy to see leave but could come back to haunt them, and Alexander Georgiev. The departures of Patrik Nemeth and Justin Braun are not to heavy as the Rangers do have a strong defensive corps with a couple prospects in the wings.
The Rangers for their offseason additions picked up capable backup Jaroslav Halak, along with journeyman Louis Domingue to give the Rangers more stability in net. They also signed forward Vincent Trocheck to become their new second line center, however, outside of these moves the Rangers haven’t done a lot to improve upon their surprisingly great 2021-22 season. They’re still saddled with Ryan Reaves for one more season, and Barclay Goodrow played ok, but wasn’t the player the Rangers were signing from the then defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning last offseason. Sammy Blais will look to make an impact this season after missing the majority of last season due to a knee injury. The Rangers are going to be looking to their very young core or players to continue to develop, and hope for a couple of breakout seasons to continue their overall team growth.
The Rangers will be a top three team in the Metropolitan Division, but guys are going to need to step up and improve if the Rangers look to get into the Stanley Cup Final and get back to the promise land for the first time since 1994.