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Which lineup is better: The 2014 Rangers, or the active ex-Rangers?

September 17, 2014, by

Marian Gaborik heads up a deep group of ex-Ranger forwards

We’re (finally) just one day away from training camp! There will be a whole lot of real Ranger news coming up, but since we’ve exhausted pretty much every type of camp preview imaginable this summer – allow me just one more random post before the action kicks into high gear.

What would happen if you were to pit the 2014 New York Rangers against the best lineup of former Blueshirts still currently playing in the NHL?

Here’s my take on the best hypothetical roster of ex-Rangers that takes into account positions and logical scoring and checking lines:

Forwards

Pascal Dupuis/Brandon Dubinsky/Marian Gaborik
Benoit Pouliot/Brad Richards/Jaromir Jagr
Chris Higgins/Artem Anisimov/Ryan Callahan
Lauri Korpikoski/Brian Boyle/Brandon Prust

Extras: Olli Jokinen, Ryane Clowe, P.A. Parenteau, John Mitchell, Derek Dorsett, Matt Cullen, Manny Malhotra, Jeff Halpern, Dale Weise, Dan Carcillo, Colton Orr, John Scott, Mike Rupp, Raek Dvorak and Scott Gomez

Defensemen

Anton Stralman-Fedor Tyutin
Michal Rozsival-Derek Morris
Tim Erixon-Raphael Diaz

Extras: Michael Del Zotto, Justin Falk, Corey Potter, Steve Eminger, Bobby Sanguinetti, Stu Bickel!

Goalies

Chad Johnson
Al Montoya

Extras: Jason LaBarbera

And yes, for all those wondering, this faux roster would indeed fit under the salary cap, with a payroll just under $61 million (including the $2.75 million the unsigned but not yet retired Derek Morris earned last year).

So how does that faux roster stack up against what could be New York’s opening night lineup?

Chris Kreider/Derek Stepan/Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin/Derick Brassard/Marty St. Louis
Lee Stempniak/J.T. Miller/Mats Zuccarello
Jesper Fast/Dominic Moore/Matt Lombardi

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
John Moore-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist
Cam Talbot

The faux Rangers look pretty deep at forward, but their blueline group and goaltending would be blown away by the real Blueshirts. In a best-of-seven series, the faux Rangers would be lucky to steal a game.

"Which lineup is better: The 2014 Rangers, or the active ex-Rangers?", 5 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.

13 comments

  1. Tim B says:

    Think you forgot Sanguinetti

  2. Walt says:

    No contest, our current version wins hands down!!!!!

  3. Gary says:

    Faux Rangers have a great 3&4 lines. 1st 2 are a bunch of no D playing ballerinas, except Dubi. Considering the D mismatch, Faux Rangers don’t even take a game.

  4. SalMerc says:

    I think when you look at the two line-ups, you have to give Slats a lot of credit. He may have moved draft picks, but the current team looks to be quite an improvement over the former bunch.

    I do believe that all teams over-value their prospects, which makes for good discussion, but not necessarily a better team.

  5. bayman says:

    Current Blueshirts are somewhat better at forward, hugely better on D, and off-the-charts better in goal. Nice work, Slats!

  6. Becky says:

    Nice post Kev

  7. Dave says:

    That Tyutin-Zherdev trade is brutal.

  8. cv19 says:

    If this was our lineup heading into this season I wouldn’t be very happy.

  9. Paco 33 says:

    That’s a lot of 6-3 losses and a very high draft pick.

  10. The Suit says:

    Very creative. Good post.

  11. Tom says:

    I also like the post but I feel like we saw the first team looks like a 8 th seed out in first round