Do the Rangers make the playoffs this season?: Oddmakers say 65.9%
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04-12-2013, 10:43 AM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Unhestly, do you see the Rangers get out of the first round (if they'll make it?) I don't!!! Unfortunately the experiments not always work for this team. I voted No. I hope they proof me wrong.
Rangers traded depth ( Dubinsky, Anisimov) to Columbus for Rick Nash, then traded Marian Gaborik to Columbus for depth.
The big question now is what kind of an impact these new players will have. Moore is a good-skating defenseman, which the Rangers are perpetually looking for, and adds some depth to a defensive corps that had a less than spectacular third pair even before Marc Staal's injury. And Brassard, who's scored as many as seventeen goals and 47 points in the season, hopefully adds some stability up the middle. (Dorsett, another addition, is out for the season.)
Meanwhile in a separate trade they acquired Ryan Clowe from the Sharks. In theory, he is a good fit for a Tortorella team: He's physical and has the ability to score twenty-something goals. The Rangers were banking on Clowe breaking out of his season-long scoring slump, and he already has, scoring twice in his debut with the team.
In fact, all of the newbies contributed immediately when Rangers scored 6 against Pitsburg on April 3rd with Clowe scoring twice and adding an assist, Brassard scoring a goal with three assists, and Moore scoring a goal. Of course, that kind of production won't last. If Clowe, Brassard, and Moore average eight points a night, they'll cruise to the Stanley Cup in 16 games
)) But we all hope is that this year's teams model is better resembles last year's successful team. Every season we all hope for the better one. Only time will tell.
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