Personally I thought the 2012 rangers were very good, in the sense they were very much like the teams we have had. Very structured defensivley with solid goal tending (big pads played a role but they werent giving up many goals). They played hard as fvck and with alot of heart. If I could choose between a devils team that looked like this years rags team vs a team that looked like the 2012 rags team, I'd take the 2012 rags team.
Their biggest mistake was trading away all the players they did for these pansies they have now. It's a skilled team but it doesn't seem like one that is going to make a deep playoff run. Don't seem built for playoff hockey.
I agree 100%. I'm admittedly not a stats guy so I don't know what areas they were good or what areas they were sh!tty in that year. Maybe it was the shot-blocking that was breaking all the odds, I'm sure it inflated how good they may have been perceived as, but they were tough, defensively sound, and annoying to play against, which that year (LA) and the year prior (Boston), was the recurring theme on how to win the Cup.
If they kept their core intact and built on it, I didn't see any reason they couldn't make a good run in the playoffs last year or this year for that matter. But they've pretty much stripped down that entire team in order to make a slightly more "big name" team that will look like sh!t if they even make the playoffs.