Rangers First to Admit They Underachieved

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Rangers First to Admit They Underachieved
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NEW YORK, NY -- Coming out of the second lockout in a decade, the New York Rangers faced immensely lofty Stanley Cup or bust expectations. Expectations that were placed upon the players by the media and players themselves on the heels of an Eastern Conference Final exit last year at the hands of the New Jersey Devils. With that in mind, it's difficult to qualify this past season as a failure. Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella certainly didn't view it as one. “The surrounding feeling was that this was a disappointing season,” he expressed on break-up day. “I don't buy it.”

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