The Athletic: Rangers projected to be bottom feeders

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Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic released his preview (sub req’d) of the Rangers this season, and to no one’s surprise, he has the Rangers projected to finish 7th or 8th in the Metro Division. This isn’t unexpected, as the Rangers are in the middle of a rebuild.

Dom does note that the Rangers could surprise some folks, since there are some unknowns around this team that can’t be quantified just yet. However he does note that the Rangers are unlikely to finish dead last for Jack Hughes, but also won’t be good enough to make the playoffs.

It should be noted that Dom doesn’t blow smoke either. He correctly predicted the Rangers would be out of it last year, and he hit the nail on the head there. If you are subscribed, it’s worth the read.

14 thoughts on “The Athletic: Rangers projected to be bottom feeders

  • Sep 2, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Not good win/loss record but competitive games. Book it.


  • Sep 2, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Let’s face it the Metro division is no place for old men. It’s where the Stanley Cups winning teams make their home. Eventually Pittsburgh and Washington dominance will start to wane, but the Rangers still have to contend with the other up and coming talented Metro teams.

    So yes, the Rangers will most likely be sellers at the trade deadline unless their young players can turn heads and make an immediate impact.

  • Sep 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Now is where we are really paying for trading away 4 #1’s Cally, Duby, Artie, Hags
    with nothing here to show for it today

    • Sep 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      You weren’t winning with 4 late 1sr rd picks and those players either.

      • Sep 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm

        We had a real shot in 2014 with Duby Cally and Artie….Ill take 4 late #1’s over none…and trading for a 38 year old….Nash, MSL, Hags, Yandle all bad trades

        • Sep 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm

          I do the MSL trade every day of the week because without him, the Rangers do not have a chance to win the Cup.

          Think about it, they lost 3 games in OT that series, had 2 goal leads in 2 of those games, and had to endure some of the worst officiating a SCF has ever seen, so bad, that calls determined game outcomes.

          Forget that they lost in 5 games, that did not nearly tell the story. It was a lot closer than that, and with all that, if Nash’s shot goes in as opposed to off Voynov’s stick shaft, then they might have taken the series to 7 games, and then, who knows?

          • Sep 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

            I would of like to have had Duby and Cally and their warrior spirit on the ice that series….You are 100% right Losing in 5 WAS NOT the true story…and in G1,2 we had breakaways in the last minute and didnt score….But trading your captain and leader plus 2 #1’s for a 38 year old player should get a GM fired

            • Sep 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

              Didn’t the black and Blueshirts under Tortz prove that you can have all the character and hardworking players you want but at the end of the day you need talent to win?

              What good does $11 million in caps hit for Cally and Duby and 30-35 goals do for this team?

              But they try really hard right?

              No way buddy.

              • Sep 2, 2018 at 7:21 pm

                Exactly right Spozo.

                I LOVED that 2011-12 team, but they ran out of gas, trying to outwork the opponent every single night, because the Rangers could not outplay them.

                Bless their hearts.

              • Sep 2, 2018 at 8:08 pm

                Those guys were Rangers…warriors…but we ran out of gas…So we made a bunch of bad trades and neglected the future now we are where we are

              • Sep 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm

                The Physically bigger and meaner tenacious Kings literally wore down the Rangers in that series. Not to mention, they had the edge in talent overall. Last year, Washington did the same thing to the Golden Knights, and the Winnipeg Jets.
                Size, talent, speed and Physicality in combination,with the right balance,and the right chemistry, almost always wins every time!

  • Sep 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    While it may look grim a fan from way back. This team with what they have is light years better than our worst lineups. There’s literally pages of players who wore the jersey and were all on the wrong side of their careers. I mean it can’t grt worse than Bobby Holik as your #1 center.

    • Sep 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Yup. The reality is that Sather was the last to understand how the game had changed (analytics, youth, etc.) and Rangers paid for that. In fairness though we had a good run and came close. JG seems to get it so now we retool and rebuild for the next push for the Cup in a few years.

  • Sep 3, 2018 at 9:03 am

    With many players on many teams, you pretty much know what you are going to get from guys. Some guys are 20 goal, 50 point scorers year after year. While I think we have a good idea what the first line can produce, there are many changes, starting with the coach. Will the coach bring more out of some guys? Less?

    We have lots of unknowns on offense and on defense. Will they come out and be stars or will they hit some early NHL wall? 7th in the Metro sounds about right, but it could be 8th or it could be 5th, depending on how this team learns to play for a new coach. I will be watching either way.

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