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04-05-2013, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by haohmaru View Post
Like I just said in another thread, the Rangers (post-lockout) are probably viewed as a successful franchise around the league. Assuming they make the playoffs this, which I think they will, they'll have made the playoffs 7 out of 8 years with a lone miss on the last day of the season. They've made the Eastern Conference Finals, they've a Vezina winning goaltender, they've won playoff rounds. Aside from those that won the Cup (and, some of those wins came because teams had VERY lean years leading to great draft picks) since the lockout, the Rangers have been a "sustained legitimate success" by the measure of many. Sure, the ultimate goal is to win the Cup, but 96.66% of NHL teams fail to do that every year.
How is four playoff round wins in 7 years sustained success? In 8 years, they finished in the top half of their conference once. This isn't the Sharks, who are a top team every year and fall just short in the playoffs.

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