Are the Rangers a serious playoff contender?

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  1. Jon Bonham

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    What? I thought they had a hall of fame backup goalie?
     
  2. Rabid Ranger

    Rabid Ranger 2 is better than one

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    Not sure about dreadful but there are a ton of question marks.
     
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    Do you really think 2 rookies in the top 6 will make this team a playoff contender?

    Also centers are easily bottom 5 in the league and that's a huge problem

    Proabably a year away from the playoffs even with Panarin in the fold.
     
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    It is bad because its like half prospects. They're very good prospects, but sophomore/rookie players don't make a cup contender. In like 2-3 years a lineup with most of the same names (obvious the absolutely fearsome Marc Staal and similar old men will be gone at this point) will probably be scary
     
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    Probably a dark horse given the forward depth but Panarin alone will give them an elite 1st line and if Kakko is good enough from day 1 to drive a 2nd line they could make some noise. I think they probably aren't a serious contender if only because I expect Namestnikov and Kreider will be dealt and that's just asking a ton of younger players to run the middle six.

    Defense is great, Trouba gives them a legitimate top pair for the first time since prime McDonagh, and even if Fox can't quite handle 2nd pair duties right away just the fact that they have a legit top pair should make Shattenkirk more effective as a 2RD.
     
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    Which year are we talking about?
     
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    It's not really dreadful as much as it's young and unproven which is why you can't consider them a true contender. A lot of those names (Chytil, Kravtsov, Kakko, Fox) can be serious players come the 20-21 or 21-22 season and by that point, the Rangers will shed themselves of some of the bad contracts they have with the Smith/Shattenkirk/Staal/Lundqvist contracts expiring after the 20-21 season which amounts to $25.2 million assuming none are traded or bought out before then.
     
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    Okay but no one is arguing they we are a cup contender. The thread asks if the Rangers are a playoff contender, and I think yes we can challenge for a WC spot
     
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    me you and the guy I quoted aren't in disagreement unless one of us is unaware of the NHL's high parity level
     
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    Yes for playoffs and I hope to see Shatty and Panarin on the same PP - might be amazing (have not given up on Shattenkirk yet).
     
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    Once Miller arrives the team will take off.
     
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    They are absolutely a playoff contender. They may not make it in, but should be in contention pretty late in the season.
     
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    They look good for a few months every one calls them a playoff contender and then they miss the playoffs.
     
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    You still want Gorton gone? He's done an amazing job with the rebuild. Deepest prospect pool we have ever had.
     
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    I don't think they make the playoffs this year which is fine. Develop the young guys. 20-21 they are a playoff team, the year after that a serious contender.
     
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    I don't think anybody thought they were a playoff contender last year. The year before was the crash and the letter.
     
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    Lots of teams in that glass half full category. Devils, Flyers, Panthers, Habs, for a couple of spots. But signing Panarin makes them a legit contender.
     
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    Short answer: No

    Long answer: Noooooo
     
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    What makes the devils move up so much. They were just as bad as rangers last year and all of a sudden they are equal to islanders in chances to win. They added pk suban and hughes. We adsed trouba and kakko to match plus panarin.
     
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    Devils have more depth up front and on defense. Rangers have better goaltending but most of their forwards are unproven and half their D need to be flipped before they can be taken seriously
     
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    Offseason champions. Let’s see some success when the games start. He took over the summer after we were a game from the Cup final. The season prior we were in the Cup final. A few seasons later, mediocrity after he tried to contend. His big signings, were awful and didn’t make any positive difference towards contention, so he smartly reversed course. He’s made some good moves as GM, but a lot of bad moves, and I give no credit for the team acquiring the second overall pick.
     
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    He's done a great job. Every GM is going to have some bumps along the way. Shatty and Smith haven't worked out, granted. The rebuild has gone as well as can be expected to date. Have you looked at the quality and depth of prospects that has been accumulated in just 2 years. It's insane. Long live GMJG.
     
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    Because pretty much every impactful player on the team missed a significant amount of time last year?
     
  24. SteveH124

    SteveH124 In Lou I Trust

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    Plus Taylor hall is back.
     
  25. ucanthanzalthetruth

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    Great summer, too many question marks and too raw. Couple years away.
     

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