Best post-lockout Ranger: Round 1, Markus Naslund (6) vs. Colton Orr (11)July 19, 2013, by
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.
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.