Rangers Need More

The Rangers need more skill. During a promising season that potentially could conclude with Lord Stanley’s mug, the Rangers greatest need is becoming more apparent the deeper we go in to the season. More specifically, they need established skill.

With the likes of Chris Kreider coming – likely coming sooner rather than later – there is certainly skill on the horizon, but this Ranger team is ahead of its development curve and how much can you realistically expect from the likes of Kreider, Miller and perhaps Thomas in the short term? To become a legitimate contender beyond this season they could do with some additional help.

Essentially, the Rangers win games because they absolutely refuse to give in, are not an ‘easy out’ and have the best goalie in the world, complimented by a deep and varied defense. They have a forward corps that is difficult to play against, deep and blessed with some skill. But they need more.

The Devils, at least for this season, boast a back-to-form Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and an evergreen Patrick Elias as an impressive skilled forward trio that is complimented by players such as Dave Clarkson. The difference between this trio and the Rangers best three is the presence of more pure skill and it’s simply further down the line that what the Rangers can currently offer.

Elsewhere in the East the Capitals (I promise you this: they won’t be this bad next season) have the likes of Ovechkin, Green and Backstrom. The Penguins have Crosby, Malkin, Neal and Letang (oh the joy of drafting so high, so often). While it’s unrealistic and unfair to expect the Rangers to get this kind of skill without lottery picks, they could stand to add more in the summer.

Recently the Rangers have been outshot, controlled by their opponents and outmatched offensively. They’ve needed to scramble around to stay in games (and shifts) and have ceded far too much possession than is sustainable long term – especially in the playoffs.

The Rangers window of opportunity appears to be opening sooner than expected and as such they should look to help themselves over the summer. This isn’t about throwing James Dolan’s cheque book at another soon to be former Devil. This is about complimenting what is already on the roster (which is a lot) and making some smart decisions over the summer.

11 Responses to “Rangers Need More”

  1. Jess says:

    But they could just be doing what the Swedes do when it comes to important games, like the world championships, which is that you can’t be on top form all the time. The amount of games the Rangers are going to have to play in total even before the playoffs start are obviously a lot, and you can’t expect them to be in the best shape they can for every single game. It is impossible! This way they are comfortably guaranteed to be in the playoffs, and try new things to put into action for the more important games. The playoffs themselves are more than a month long!

  2. Zen says:

    I completely agree with you, Chris. The playoffs are often a defense-dominated game and you need players that have the skill to get through the muck AND score the big goals. We don’t have many players like that.

  3. The Suit says:

    I hear what you are saying broski, but what’s the solution if it isn’t throwing money around in July or depending on our prospects? Are we back to just begging Columbus for Nash?

    • Chris says:

      Dude, It’s a poorly written post – for which I apologise! ha

      With regard to Parise, I think he’ll take close to, if not maximum money from someone – something I’d be very surprised if we offered him.

      I’m sure Parise would consider NY for max kind of $$ but why would a Devil and someone with no ties to us do us any favours in regards to cap hit?

      I think we can rightly depend on our prospects but I do think we need an addition of experience, and not just the foot soldier type like Fedotenko.

      I’m not being negative. I’m trying to be realistic. We have a huge future but to compete with the unfair skill level of the likes of the Pens long term, we could do with some help…

      • The Suit says:

        I don’t disagree. I was just expecting something bold given your lead in haha.

        F- it. Trade for Weber at any cost!

      • Matt J says:

        Yes but finding good young talent that can play to the Rangers system no less is hard to find even on the trade market.

        Parise is the only person on the market I would consider getting on July 1st, and he would have to turn down some serious money to come here. He could easily fetch $8 million a year on the open market from a team with plenty of cap space. That’s why the Red Wings are a perfect fit. Plenty of space especially if Lidstrom retires.

        • Chris says:

          Ryan Suter will be a Red Wing.

          Parise will get 8m+, just not sure where…. Minnesota?

  4. Sioux-per-man says:

    Parise is a class act. He will be able to play anywhere he wants. But as a true professional he also wants to win a Stanley Cup. The Redwings or the Rangers is where he will end up. Why not New York. He doesn’t even have to move. Now Minnesota would love to have him, but they are not cup contenders.
    Great player, but even a better person. This is the type of player Rangers NEED to sign in July.

  5. Bloomer says:

    As much as I like Parise (I so wanted the Rangers to pick him at the draft and was pissed when they passed him up)it would be a mistake to try to sign him, if he is available in the free agency period. They should save their cap space and lock their young players up.The Rangers could look at some short term help to shore up their offence but stay the course with the youth movement.

  6. HARLEMBLUES says:

    Enough with the Parise talk.He isn’t a MAX player and would want close to MAX money.The skill that you talk about with drafted by terrible teams.The quick fix doesn’t get you the great ones,you have to be bad,draft high,make the picks count and hope a great is in that draft. The Rangers in the have not been willing to lose and build thru the draft.Finishing in the middle of the league and trading for past their prime stars to fill seats does just that fill seat,not win cups. Stay the course,build thru the draft and what this group will bring in 2-4 years.

    • Mijeyyy says:

      hes a Debbie. Don’t want that trash walking anywhere near the locker room logo.