I got to thinking the rags have been in teh playoffs more often than not for the past few years. Despite changing the team completly 2 years ago. They have very few players that I would want on the devils (mcdonaugh and that's it, although zucarrello seems like a great player). How can they manage to always make the playoffs, what core part of there team drives them.
We all hate on lunqvist he's been the primary constant, and I actually do believe he's overrated, but is it him?
What makes this team tick that they make it to the playoffs year in and out right now.
One thing to keep in mind is how mediocre the former Atlantic, current Metropolitan Division has become in just a couple years. And yes, Devils have a role in this as well, considering how many years we were at the top of the Atlantic Division (and where we now are).
Devils, Flyers, Capitals (slowly the past few years), even the Senators or Carolina, are all previously good or decent teams that have downgraded. Penguins are really the only "good" team in our division and whether or not they'd finish in a 3rd place or wildcard spot in either of the Western divisions is debatable. That Columbus could make the playoffs this year, or the Islanders last year, and that the Devils came relatively close to making the playoffs shows how below-par our division has become. It's simply not that hard to make the playoffs in our division, and the Rangers, roster-wise, are on the higher end of a pretty lackluster group of teams in the Metro.
So that being said, even the Rangers' team of Lundqvist and perennially underachieving guys like Nash or Richards or this year's Martin St-Louis or then Gaborik (or whoever the year's "guy" is each particular year) is better than Capitals or Flyers or Devils teams lately that have major holes in their roster. These Rangers teams have enough to "just get in" and not do much.
Our division blows.
Edited by DJ Eco, 06 May 2014 - 03:47 PM.