Now that the book is closed on the 2011-12 NHL season, we can focus in on the offseason and look ahead to next season.
The Kings proved they were the best the NHL had to offer and, with limited team turnover expected, will be considered the favorites heading into the 2012-13 season. The Devils went on a run in the playoffs and turned some heads in nearly capturing their fourth Stanley Cup and will eager to get back again.
What about the New York Rangers?
Their impressive regular season translated into an immensely tough postseason that ended in heartbreaking fashion. The belief with the team was that they played their hearts out, but in the end, couldn't score that critical goal when needed.
With several team unrestricted and restricted free agents to contend with, and some money to spend on big-name players should they want to, the Blueshirts will look to improve their club any way they see fit.
Lets look at three reasons why the New York Rangers will be even better in 2012-13.