2013-14 New York Rangers Offensive Preview

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With a new season on the horizon, the New York Rangers look to bounce back from their mediocre performance in the shortened 2013 campaign. After they fell to the New Jersey Devils in a hard fought Eastern Conference Final in 2012, it was clear that they needed more playoff scoring from their stars. Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards combined for a measly 11 goals. This forced general manager Glen Sather to get on the phone with former Columbus Blue Jackets’ GM Scott Howson. That phone conversation resulted in a trade for rugged forward Rick Nash. In return for Nash, the Jackets recieved forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defensive prospect Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick.

Nash’s first regular season with New York was quite a good one. He tallied 42 points in 44 games (21 G, 21 A.) Because of his great performance in the 48 game season, many fans thought he would be able to carry those numbers into the postseason. That wasn’t the case however. The 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs saw Nash total only 5 points in 12 games. Of those 5 points, only 1 was a goal, which came in the Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Boston Bruins.

The shortened regular season also brought about a huge shock on the Trade Deadline. Many people weren’t expecting New York to do much. In the early afternoon however, NHL network reported that the Rangers and their friendly foe the Blue Jackets struck a deal for forward Marian Gaborik. I was just as shocked as the next guy. In return for Gaborik, New York recieved forwards Derek Dorsett and Derick Brassard, defenseman John Moore, and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick.

With the additions of Nash and Brassard, their offense now has tremendous depth. Something they haven’t had in years. Today, I will be breaking down the players by position, and also giving you my line predictions for the upcoming season. So let’s get to it. 

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  • Centerman

    I think you’re wrong about Pouliot. He’s a dynamic offensive player. What about Dom Moore? He’s a better offensive player than Boyle. Asham and Powe were placed on Waivers earlier this summer and with meager cap hits of $75K (Asham) and $141,666 (Powe) I doubt either of them are with the team in October unless absolutely Nessasary. Also Powe is a Left Handed Centerman. I guess he can play LW especially with all the Centers on the team. I believe that Moore will be the 4th line Centerman and Boyle will play on his Left side. Having 2 Centerman on a 4th line is huge for obvious reasons. If one is kicked out of the circle the other is capable of taking and winning the Faceoff. This will be huge for AV who is notorious for his line matching. He uses his 3rd & 4th lines for most of the defensive zone starts. If you have a 4th line you can send out on the ice and will win the draw. They have control of the puck taking a chance away from the opposition and creating one for you.
    The other thing I see is most line predictions for the Rangers are including Callahan and Hagelin. That’s easy to do. Try fielding a competative forward group without them. Now you don’t have Hagelin and you’re pretty thin on the right side. Asham isn’t there now. I know Gorton said he would be but that was just gamesmanship on his part. If they are there, NYR have 2.2 mil to pay Stepan. If not however, they’ll have more like 4 mil left against the cap. Meaning they have more to spend. The NHL requires teams to hold more players during the summer. That’s why the summer cap shows 2.2 mil. When season starts both Asham & Powe’s cap come off.