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The New York Rangers came into the 2013 season with lofty expectations.
Not only were they the top seed in the Eastern Conference last season, they also fell just two games short of the Stanley Cup Finals and brought in left-winger Rick Nash to form one of the most dangerous rosters in the league.
Henrik Lundqvist, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, was expected to have another strong campaign.
I made a big mistake taking Lundqvist with my first pick in Fantasy Hockey.
The Rangers were a Cup favorite entering the season, but have not been playing up to the level they should be.
Last season, the Rangers surrendered 182 goals, which was the least in the conference. This season, only four teams have given up fewer goals than the Rangers (65).
Despite the defense being a strength yet again for the Blueshirts, Lundqvist has been average with an 11-11-1 record. His save percentage of .919 and 2.30 GAA are acceptable, however.
The problem here is clearly the offense. Only San Jose and Columbus (60 goals) have scored less than the Rangers (63). That is shocking when your forwards consist of Brad Richards, Nash, Marian Gaborik, Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle and Chris Kreider.
New York didn't have to give up too much when they traded for Nash, but both the Rangers and Columbus have 28 points. So far, it looks like Columbus won this trade.
GM Glen Sather has swung-and-missed with far too many blockbuster moves, and although this isn't his worst, it hasn't panned out.
I expect the Rangers to turn it around and sneak into the postseason, but until that happens, they should be considered a huge disappointment based on expectations going into this season.
If the Rangers miss out, at least we get more entertaining John Tortorella interviews.