After a disappointing 2013 season, fans and experts alike expect the New York Rangers to rebound in 2013-14. And with the exit of head coach John Tortorella, they’ll have a great opportunity to do so.
But it’ll take more than just a fresh face behind the bench for the Rangers to improve next season. Nearly half the team had—arguably—an off year, and if the group as a whole is going to be better, a host of particular players need to have substantially better campaigns.
All things considered, the Rangers were lucky to accomplish what they did in 2013. If it wasn't for the sublime overall performance of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the Blueshirts wouldn't have even made the playoffs.
New York cannot rely on Lundqvist to be the best player every night if they’re going to improve in 2013-14. Hopefully the new bench boss will be able to instill a system that enables many of last year’s struggling players to rebound. But ultimately it will be up to the players to recognize that they need to step up.
So today, we’ll take a look at the four Rangers who need to improve most next season if the team is going to make strides. Read on to see who they are and what exactly they need to improve on.