Despite falling short of the Stanley Cup, the New York Rangers had a great season.
The best record in the Eastern Conference.
Back-to-back wins in elimination games in the first round.
A triple overtime win on enemy ice.
A second crucial Game 7 victory.
The Rangers also managed to win two games against the Devils, despite being outplayed for nearly the entire series.
20 playoff games is incredibly taxing and by the end of the Devils series, it was clear that the Rangers were near exhaustion.
The good news is that the Rangers were led by a core of young, talented players and most are locked up at least through the Summer of 2013. Most, but not all.
If the Rangers want to get to the Stanley Cup Finals next year, they should make their summer priority re-signing these five players.