Yes, indeed, despite the promise of impending labor Armageddon and a prolonged work-stoppage, your friends at Puck Daddy are previewing the 2012-13 NHL season (whenever the heck it starts). Why? Because this is the most important election in the history of all-time ever, and you need to know the candidates — like the New York Rangers.
After Game No. 44 last season, the New York Rangers had 62 points. Their signing of Brad Richards had solidified their offense. They were getting stellar defensive play. The Winter Classic and "24/7" experiences hadn't derailed them. They were looking quite good.
And then James Dolan, the Rangers' reclusive owner, strolled into a press conference and declared that the team was "pretty close" to winning the Stanley Cup — speaking to the media for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
Hey, no pressure.
The Rangers finished atop the Eastern Conference with 109 points, and survived a brutal series against the upstart Ottawa Senators. The Washington Capitals also took the Rangers to seven games, as their defense trumped that of Dale Hunter. But their gas ran out against the New Jersey Devils, who ousted the Rangers in six games with an OT win in Jersey, before eventually falling to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final.
What did the Rangers need to edge closer to the Cup that Dolan believes will be theirs eventually?
Enter Rick Nash.Read More »from NHL 2012-13 Campaign Preview: New York Rangers