A new season, new heroes, and new hopes await. Join us as we dive into the Rangers’ journey to redemption. It all starts with a puck drop!
Dear Rangers fans and Blue Line Station readers,
What a wild ride last season was. We were riding high after that incredible run to the Eastern Conference Finals, and the trade deadline had us all buzzing with the acquisitions of Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko. The Rangers took the first two games in New Jersey, and we were dreaming big.
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Then came the bitter end.
Those shutout losses in games 5 and 7 left us scratching our heads. And our rivals across the Hudson River didn’t miss a beat, rubbing it in whenever they could. It made for a relatively long summer on my end.
This offseason, General Manager Chris Drury went out and made some changes. He brought in some veteran muscle with limited cap space to toughen up the squad. Blake Wheeler, Tyler Pitlick, and Nick Bonino are here, and Jonathan Quick is now Igor Shesterkin’s trusty backup. That’s no small feat.
The most significant change, though, is behind the bench. Gerard Gallant and his “easy” 50-minute practices went out, and Peter Laviolette came with two hours of nonstop work.
Our Rangers are getting structured and learning a system tailor-made for the playoffs. Of course, it might take a little while to click, so let’s not hit the panic button too early – how about we give it until December?
On a personal note, I’m thrilled to be back for my second season at Blue Line Station. Beyond writing, I learned so much about the incredible Rangers community last season. You can always contact me on X(AKA Twitter), and we can chat about hockey anytime.
I’m pumped for what’s ahead, from the content on this site to working alongside our editor, Connor Power, and the rest of our fantastic writers.
We did lose some incredible colleagues over the summer, and I’ll miss working with them. Lucas Standel is at the Hockey Writers, and Mathew Mungo is working with Jonny Lazarus at the Hockey News.
However, we’re also excited for the new guard to step up.
As we gear up for a fresh start, just like our Rangers, I can’t help but feel that burning desire to see them in action once more.
It’s been too long without the Blueshirts on my TV screen.
We’ve heard the chatter about how last season ended, and yes, we have a score to settle. It’s a new season, a fresh opportunity to change the narrative. It all begins tonight in Buffalo. The 98-game quest for Stanley Cup #5 in the franchise’s history and the first in 1994 is about to kick off, and we will enjoy every minute of it – together.
Here’s to a thrilling season ahead, Rangers fans!
Yours in hockey,