The New York Rangers spent most of the 2008-09 season hoping that their goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, stops opposing shooters. Fortunately, more often than not, he was able to; in fact, he continued that trend in the playoffs, but New York’s inept offense bid its season adieu.
When free-agency hit July 1, the Rangers made a splash, signing elite winger Marian Gaborik to a long-term, lucrative extension.
He’s the missing piece, right? Wrong.
Gaborik is injury prone and isn’t enough to get the Rangers to where they’d like to go. Depth prevails, and the Rangers lack that. Sure, they have star names on their roster, but after signing big deals, they’ve underachieved.
The season might spell bad news bears for the Rangers because of all those things, but also consider the competitiveness of their Division; the Penguins, Flyers and Devils aren’t going away and the Islanders might steal some games.
Not much has changed with the Rangers; they buy star players and it doesn’t work out. Whether or not the team comes together this year remains to be seen, but precedent is certainly not in their favor.