For the next two weeks CSNWashington.com will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.
This week: Atlantic Division. Today: New York Rangers
2011-12 Record: 51-24-7, 109 points
Where they finished: 1st in Atlantic; 1st in East; 2nd in NHL
Coach: John Tortorella, 5th season
Key arrivals: RW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern
Key departures: C Brandon Dubinsky, LW Brandon Prust, RW Ruslan Fedotenko, RW Artem Anisimov, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, LW John Scott
Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Rick Nash
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Ryan CallahanMarian Gaborik
Taylor Pyatt - Brian Boyle - Christian Thomas
Mike Rupp - Jeff Halpern - Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Marc Staal
Stu Bickel - Anton Stralman
Henrik Lundqvist - Martin Biron
Our Take: Marian Gaborik will miss the first six weeks of the season with shoulder surgery, but once he returns the Rangers will be stacked up front with Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin. And Chris Kreider has a good shot at becoming the Rangers first Rookie of the Year since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. Brandon Dubinskys all-around play will be missed but the Rangers got a little tougher with Arron Asham and a savvy faceoff man in Jeff Halpern. Theyll be the early favorite to repeat as conference champs.
Offseason grade: A
Will they make the 2013 playoffs? Yes..
Projected finish in the East: 1st
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