Previewing the East: N.Y. Rangers
Rangers traveled the economic route when it came time to fill holes left by departures
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The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the New York Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS
Coach: Alain Vigneault
Last Year: 45-31-6, 96 points (fifth in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Rangers: 0-2-1
5-on-5 Goals: 142 (11th in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency: 48-for-264, 18.2 percent (10th in Eastern Conference)
|2013-14 Stats||Vs. Red Wings|
|IN THE CREASE|
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Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Nov. 5 (at NYR); Dec. 6 (at DET); Mar. 4 (at NYR).
ARRIVALS: Forwards Lee Stempniak, Matt Lombardi, Chris Bourque, Tanner Glass, Chris Mueller, Nick Tarnasky; defensemen Dan Boyle, Mike Kostka, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer; and goalie Cedric Desjardins.
DEPARTURES: Forwards Brad Richards, Derek Dorsett, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, Michael Haley; and defensemen Anton Stralman, Justin Falk, Raphael Diaz, Stu Bickel and Aaron Johnson.
SEASON SCOPE: For the first time in 20 years the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals. Though they lost the series to the Kings in five games, time waits for no team when it coems to free agency, including the Rangers, who were still dealing with the immense pain of losing the deciding game in double overtime. The Blueshirts lost some good players that chose to join other teams, but they didn’t go on a huge spending spree. Instead, they were frugal in their approach to fill needs. Besides signing Boyle, the Rangers re-signed Dominic Moore, an important two-way forward, before going out and getting six other players, including tough-guy Tanner Glass. Later on, the Blueshirts added veteran depth up front by signing Lee Stempniak and Matt Lombardi.
With the departure of several veterans, including third-line center Brad Richards, the Rangers could look to 21-year-old J.T. Miller, the former Plymouth Whaler, to fill the spot. … Expect emerging young defenseman Ryan McDonagh to likely become the Rangers next captain. He is among the league’s best defenseman and a prospective Norris Trophy contender for seasons to come.
|2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS|
|Atlantic Division||Metropolitan Division|
|Buffalo (July 24)||Carolina (Aug. 7)|
|Boston (sep. 11)||Columbus (Aug. 21)|
|Florida (July 29)||New Jersey (Aug. 14)|
|Montreal (Sep. 2)||NY Islanders (July 31)|
|Ottawa (Aug. 12)||NY Rangers (Aug. 28)|
|Tampa Bay (Sep. 4)||Philadelphia (Aug. 26)|
|Toronto (Aug. 5)||Pittsburgh (sep. 9)|
|Washington (Aug. 19)|