Best post-lockout Ranger: Round 1, Markus Naslund (6) vs. Colton Orr (11)

July 19, 2013, by
Artem Anisimov won yesterday in a landslide.

Artem Anisimov won yesterday in a landslide.

As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Yesterday we saw #4 Artem Anisimov take out #13 Erik Christensen. Today’s matchup is #6 Markus Naslund vs. #11 Colton Orr:

Markus Naslund (acquired – 2008 unrestricted free agent)

Naslund may be seeded a little high, considering he was a Ranger for just one season. But that one season was still pretty productive for a goal-starved Rangers team. Naslund’s 24 goals led the team that year, and his 46 points put him fourth on the team. In the playoffs, Naslund didn’t exactly light the lamp in the Rangers’ seven game loss to the Caps, scoring a goal and adding two assists in the series. Then again, no one really scored in that series. For Naslund’s one year on Broadway, he was pretty effective.

Naslund retired before the second year of his contract, helping the Rangers stay under the 2009-2010 salary cap with both Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan hitting restricted free agency.

Colton Orr (acquired – 2005 waivers from Boston)

The big bruiser had a special place in the hearts of Ranger fans, as he was the first fighter that could skate slightly better than a pylon. Orr wasn’t a total disaster with the Rangers, and his blue collar work ethic won over the fans, or maybe it was just his fight history. In his four seasons (224 games), Orr put together a line of 4-7-11 with a whopping 522 PIMs.

Orr eventually took his talents north of the border, when Toronto gave him a four-year deal worth $4 million.

So who do you think is the better Ranger, Naslund or Orr? Vote thumbs up for the higher seed (Naslund), or thumbs down for the lower seed (Orr). Voting ends at midnight tonight.

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  1. Chris F says:

    This is a tough one. I liked Naslund a lot, and certainly he’s by far the better player. Yet, with only a single season with the Rangers, he doesn’t quite deserve the honor of upsetting fan-favorite Orr, does he? Then again, he did more for the Rangers offensively that year than Orr did in 4 years combined. Dilemmas. Dilemmas.

  2. Matt Josephs says:

    One of the more interesting match ups I think.

  3. Tommy T says:

    Colton Orr for the win!

  4. Bayman says:

    I’m a west coast Rangers fan, but still get to watch most games via Center Ice, and stay connected off the ice via various means on the internet. So, my long distance status shouldn’t be a factor in the reasoning for my vote on this one. Perhaps it’s due to my advancing age (55), but I have no memories of Naslund as a Ranger. Out of sight/out of mind? Maybe. His numbers were solid enough in his one season, but he left no imprint with me, otherwise. So, given Orr’s multiple seasons with the team and his unquestionable impact…despite his limited skills, I vote for Orr.

  5. SteveM says:

    Has Fedoruk gotten up yet??

  6. bill_goldthorpe says:

    Give me Colton or give me death.

    Although, Naslund was pretty decent & he retired like gentleman saving the Rangers $4M in cap space. So points for that.

    But Colton it is.

  7. Dave says:

    Looks like our first big upset…Rucinsky over Dawes is a minor upset.

  8. wwpd says:

    hard to get too hung up on the seeding here, seems to be fairly random once you get past the top few

  9. Dave says:

    Voting ended at midnight for this, and Naslund was up 47 to 46 at that point. So, Naslund won this round, despite the extra votes that Orr got after the voting ended.

    Just needed to clarify this.