The 2010s was a successful decade for the New York Rangers, led by a cadre of outstanding players
It may feel like a long lost dream, but during the past decade of NHL play, the New York Rangers were a top team in the league. From the 2010-11 season through the pandemic shortened 2019-20 season, the Blueshirts played in the post season eight times. During that time, only the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals had more than the Rangers’ eight appearances.
Through quality drafting and savvy trades, the New York Rangers built a core of steady and solid players. Glen Sather and later Jeff Gorton would use free agency to supplement the core with star talent. That mixture of players would lead the Blueshirts to a Stanley Cup finals appearance, two Eastern Conference Finals and a Presidents Trophy over a four year span from 2011-12 through 2014-15.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, their window of contention was relatively short lived. Just two and a half seasons after winning the Presidents’ trophy, the Rangers embarked on a rebuild. The now famous letter to the fans was sent out on February 8, 2018 and was promptly followed by the selling off of established players at consecutive trade deadlines.
Now the New York Rangers are building a new core with star players like Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad, but who were the best among them over the last decade? What players paved the path for the most successful Rangers team since the 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship team. Please join Blue Line Station as we take a look at the top five New York Rangers over the last decade.
Let’s start with the Honorable Mentions …