The 5 New York Rangers Records That Will Be Most Difficult to Break
Records are made to be broken. But there are a few New York Rangers records that will be nearly impossible to break.
In some cases, the numbers are just insurmountable. No matter how talented the future crop of Rangers players are, these records will simply never be broken.
Which Rangers records are impossible to break? Read on to find out.
Jaromir Jagr had a really amazing 2005-06 season, a season that brought the Rangers out of their early-decade doldrums.
He scored 54 goals and had 69 assists and was incredibly dominant. His 123 points ls 14 more points than Jean Ratelle, who had 109 points in 1971-72.
The person with the best chance of getting close is probably Rick Nash. But he will likely never break that record.
Of course, Nash is a great player. But he has never had more than 79 points in a season. Nash would have to nearly double his offensive output! As great as he is, it's simply not going to happen.
Jagr's season will live in Rangers lore as the greatest single season by an individual player.
305 Penalty Minutes
In the 1989-90 season, Troy Mallette amassed 305 penalty minutes. That's a little less than four penalty minutes per game, or two minor penalties per game.
It's a bit of a dubious record, but luckily for Mallette, it will never be broken.
The current enforcer for the Rangers, Arron Asham, has never even come close to that number. His highest number was in junior hockey, when he amassed 174 PIM with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. In the NHL, his highest number is 155, which he got in the 2008-09 season with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Admittedly, 305 penalty minutes is a bit unseemly. If a player averaged two minor penalties per game, then he wouldn't see the ice for much longer.
The game has changed since the '90s, and enforcers are becoming less and less in vogue. Asham is a decent player, but he will never be on the ice enough to get those type of numbers.
Mallette can rest easy, with his record intact for a long, long time.
Brian Leetch has 741 career assists with the New York Rangers. For his career, that's about .65 assists per game. It doesn't seem like much, but that's an incredible pace. If you don't get an assist one game, you have to get it the next, and you're going to need a lot of games with multiple assists.
The Rangers don't have any player who can do that. Derek Stepan, the No. 1 center, has about .40 assists per game. It's decimals, but it's a big difference. Stepan would have to almost double his offensive output and sustain it for years.
Leetch was a once-in-a-lifetime player, and while the Rangers would love to have another guy like him, it's unlikely. Leetch can probably breathe easy on this one.
Rod Gilbert had 1,021 points in his Rangers career. For his career, he averaged just under a point per game.
No offense to any of the current players, but they are not going to sustain a point-per-game pace for their entire career. Gilbert played in 1,065 games over 18 seasons. It's hard for players to gain a points streak of more than five games, let alone an entire career.
Gilbert was a wonderful player whom younger fans need to get acquainted with. He's one of the best Rangers of all time, and his points record will almost surely never be broken.
Jaromir Jagr's magical 2005-06 season gives him a record that will be tough to break. His 54 goals is the most in Rangers history, two more than Adam Graves in 1993-94.
The player with the best chance to break that record is Rick Nash.
But he's only scored 40 goals twice, and he's only scored more than 35 goals one other time.
To break the record, Nash would have to vastly outperform his usual standards. Fifty-four goals is a lot. Unless Nash has an absolutely huge season, the record will remain with Jagr.