The Rangers were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last year.
They had an excellent regular season and appeared to have an excellent chance of playing for the Stanley Cup. However, they didn't make it out of the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite a solid defensive team, excellent goaltending and good all-around talent, they didn't have enough firepower to play for the Stanley Cup.
General manager Glen Sather pursued Columbus forward Rick Nash prior to last year's trade deadline. Sather could not swing the deal then, but he took up the chase again in the summer.
He finally completed the deal, and he did not have to give up any of the Rangers' core players.The Rangers traded Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and their 1st round choice in the 2013 draft to get Nash.
When the season finally begins, the presence of Nash will give the Rangers more firepower. Instead of fighting hard for each goal, they may become a much more explosive team.