Excuse me? What do you consider a yearly contender? In the last 5 years, how many times were they amongst the 8 last teams standing? A trip to ECF a few years ago. If that is not being a contender, then what is?
Top-4 team in the conference, 100 points, multiple CF appearances, beating elite teams in the postseason. Thats my standard at least.
Since 2006, the Rangers have beaten Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington twice and Ottawa in the postseason.
The Rangers were a contender in 2012. Easily. Last season they had the look of a legit threat and just collapsed against a better team.
Other than that, they've always been a lower seed. I dont know how anybody would consider them a contender.
You're right. It's just not the place to go shopping for offense in a capped league. That I firmly believe.
I don't agree with this, either. I think you just have to be much pickier.
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