The Rangers had an interesting offseason after coming so close to the Stanley Cup. Let’s go through it.
They had four departures this summer. Those departures included Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, and the buyout of Brad Richards. Their 3 additions included Dan Boyle, Matthew Lombardi, and Tanner Glass.
I won’t argue the buyout of Brad Richards. Although 51 points isn’t bad overall, compared to what he produced in Dallas, once notching 91 points, and the contract he was under, it wasn’t worth keeping him. Plus, now they’ve acquired Dan Boyle to replace that offense, being able to produce at least 50 points in a season.
I don’t think the loss of Anton Stralman will hurt them that much. He is a solid defenseman, but he is not a top guy in the lineup. Their defense is still pretty good, and of course their last line of defense is great.
They lost a big physical presence in Brian Boyle, who stands at a height of 6’7″ and weighs 244 lbs. I believe that is a bit of a bad loss, but it won’t affect them too much.
Matthew Lombardi was a good acquisition. He hasn’t played much in the NHL the last couple seasons, but when he has, he’s shown he’s been able to score 20 goals and 50 points in a season. He should be a big help to their depth. Also a good acquisition depth wise is Tanner Glass. Overall, he is a solid bottom six forward.
I expect the Rangers to be Asa much, if not more, of a force this season compared to last. They should be able to contend for the Cup again.