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Atlantic breakdown: New York Rangers

Atlantic breakdown: New York Rangers

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

Projected Lineup
Forwards
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
Micheal Haley

Defensemen
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Marc Staal
Stu Bickel - Anton Stralman
Sean Collins

Goaltenders
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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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books. 

Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs. 

The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993. 

"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.

 

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Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup wasn’t even nominated for an ESPY

Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup wasn’t even nominated for an ESPY

On Wednesday night ESPN hosts their yearly sports award show, the ESPYs, to celebrate the best of the last 365 days in sport. 

One thing they will not be celebrating, or did not even consider celebrating, was Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final

This year there were 16 plays nominated to be the “Best Play” and were seeded into a bracket. For the past month fans have been voting in each head-to-head matchup culminating in four pretty outstanding plays:

All of those plays can be viewed here

Three of those four were in a championship game, the other was a just a once in a lifetime play from a teenager. 

But the ESPYs are saying that there are 16 plays from this past year that were better than Holtby’s save… Can we really believe that? Everyone loves buzzer beaters, but they accounted for six of the 16 plays. One of them could have easily gotten bumped. 

And aside from the three listed above there were only two that were in the championship event for each sport. Holtby could have rounded it out for six.

We’re not saying that Holtby’s play was the best in the past year, or even in the top four. Heck, there should be no one that tops Ogunbowale’s incredible heroics. But arguably the best play in D.C. sports history not making the top-16 for best plays in a 365 day period? 

It must have been one heck of a sports year.  

For those that are nominated, Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for Best Male Athlete and Best NHL Player. The Capitals are in the running for Best Team.

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