New York Rangers Overview from NHL.com
NHL.com is doing a "30 teams in 30 days" segment, where they pretty much take an overview of each team's offseason. Today they focus on the Rangers. Honestly, I don't think there is much here we haven't already brought you, but it's still a good read on an otherwise slow day:
Rangers offseason goal was to find more scoring. (click link for full story)
It certainly will be an interesting mix for the Rangers in 2009-10. Of last season's top six scorers, only team captain Chris Drury, who was third with 56 points, currently is under contract. Leading scorer Nik Antropov left for Atlanta, Scott Gomez was dealt to Montreal, Markus Naslund retired and Nikolai Zherdev became an unrestricted free agent after the club lost his arbitration hearing and opted to walk away from the one-year, $3.9 million deal the player was awarded. Brandon Dubinsky is a restricted free agent, but likely will get a new contract.
The Rangers also will get a full season from uber-pest Sean Avery, whose dealings with Tortorella should continue to be interesting to watch. Tortorella suspended Avery for Game 5 of the club's first-round playoff series against Washington and likely won't hesitate to pull Avery out of the lineup again if his antics begin adversely affecting the team.
Tortorella said he's entering his first training camp as Rangers coach with a blank slate.
"I'm going to be as objective as possible," he told NHL.com. He added that he has no problem going with a younger team than the Rangers have traditionally fielded.