Given the expectations around this team when the Rangers signed Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, a second round exit in five games can hardly be considered progress.
This playoff loss is a disappointment when you consider that, and when you consider how the Rangers breezed through the first round against New Jersey so convincingly (by the way, this follows the exact same patten as 1991-1992, when a Rangers team made a handful of key acquisitions and beat the Devils in the first round, only to fall to Pittsburgh in the second).
And when you think about about the disparityÂ between the Rangers and the Penguins—and it sure came to light today—it was that the Penguins opted to seriously upgrade at the trade deadline and the Rangers, outside of a few tweaks, decided to stand pat.
Was that a mistake? Was Glen Sather too cautious? In the context of this series, sure. It’s become increasingly apparent that the Rangers could have benefited from some improvements down the stretch, particularly on their backline. But unless you’re going to win the Cup, trading some of your brightest young assets for high-end rentals can easily end up becoming something you regret.
The Rangers, meanwhile, at least have a core of young players to build around. None of those players are of the caliber of a Marian Hossa. But unlike Hossa, who might well walk on July 1, all of those players will be around for the start of training camp.