New York Rangers: Offensive Offense Must Be Top Offseason Priority

May 29th, 2012 by Kevin McRae Leave a reply »
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella can say he is satisfied with his team's rapid progress from an eighth seed in last year's playoffs to the top seed this year, but that will ring hollow with the team's Cup-starved fanbase.

With the Stanley Cup Finals set to begin Wednesday night in the Prudential Center, most Rangers fans' TV sets will be tuned elsewhere, wondering what could've been. The familiar platitudes about progress and the future being bright will not hold water as the Devils and Kings, a sixth and eighth seed respectively, battle it out for the most prized trophy in the sport. 

This was supposed to be the Rangers' year. Everything broke their way: home ice throughout the playoffs, a Vezina and Hart Trophy nominated goaltender, traditional powers like Pittsburgh, Boston, Philly, Chicago and Detroit out of the way.  But the Rangers' undoing, as has been too often the case in recent years, was a lack of offensive firepower.

That will be the team's top priority heading into this offseason and names like Devils captain Zach Parise and Columbus sniper Rick Nash have already been mentioned as possible fits. Parise, an ...

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