Thread: Larry Brooks: Rangers season already on thin ice
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10-23-2013, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by GWOW View Post
The window opened quickly in 2006. Nobody saw it coming. It's now 2013-14. Nine seasons with the best goalie in the league and only one CF appearance. No excuse. Carolina, Buffalo, Ottawa, Philly, Pens, TB, NJ, Montreal, Boston have all made the CF since the 2005 lockout. Only Boston and Pitt has built anything sustainable. Everybody else has bottom fed except the Rangers.

San Jose has been this good for a decade and no SCF. They were sellers last season. Some called it waving a white flag. It actually turned their season around (moving Burns to wing helped).
I dont think any of those early post-lockout teams were true contenders. I think the window to compete opened in '11-12.

In hindsight, Sather should have worked to add to that core. Not tear down the depth for a perceived need that, ultimately, ushered in an unwanted culture change as well.

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