What Will the Rangers Look like next season?

As of right now the Rangers have quite a solid bunch of signed players through next season, and at this point it is just a question of who will make the lineup, and who might be traded. Here is what the Rangers have at each position:

Center: Nylander, Betts, Cullen

Right Wing: Jagr, Prucha, Hall, Ward, Ortmeyer, Orr

Left Wing: Straka, Shanahan, Hossa, Hollweg

Defense: Rozsival, Ward, Malik, Tyutin, Ozolinsh, Rachunek, Kasparitis, Pock

Goaltender: Lundqvist, Weekes

Pending Rangers: Dawes, Immonen, Greg Moore (supposedly a budding power forward @ 6-,1 240), Al Montoya, several others

Now I know Cullen, Ortmeyer, Hollweg and Straka can all play center and wing, but I think it is still up in the air what the line combinations will be, and who will be suiting up for the final Rangers roster in October. I also have a feeling that Immonen, Dawes, and Montoya among others may push marginal players such as Hossa, Hollweg, Ortmeyer and Orr off of the roster as potential trade bait. As much as I love Ortmeyer for his dedication to the team and community, his heart and leadership skills, he is not as young as people think he is and probably not as skilled as Immonen and Dawes. Hossa still has some potential and showed some brilliance when he was under pressure from the coaching staff, but is a poster boy for inconsistency. Hollweg is a good 3rd or 4th liner, but the Rangers have plenty of these guys in the waiting. Orr is just a goon.

Weekes and Montoya have been speculated to be trade bait. Detroit and Chicago have shown interest in young Montoya.

Could Sather pull off a trade to get one more consistent young center or winger, or trade someone for a draft pick? There is so much that could happen between now and opening day….. let’s keep a close lookout.


4 Responses to What Will the Rangers Look like next season?

  1. RangersBaby says:

    I agree to a lot of what has been said here, but not everything. First of all, Ortmeyer. You are right, he isn’t as young as he seems, and it doesnt seem like there is room for him to get much better. However, I feel that he is a great fit for the team right now. He will get in front of anything coming his way, and as you pointed out his leadership… in blocking all of his shots he sets a great example of a young player with a big heart. The same pertains to Hollweg. I think if they ever let him go it would be a big mistake. One thing the Rangers lacked at the beginning of last season was toughness. Eventually Hollweg got more ice time and basically made a name for himself within a couple of games. He also is a great fit, and unlike Orr, Ryan has some potential to improve his skill. In the end it comes down to chemistry and with some of the new additions I think the Rangers are going to really pull it together this year. Oct. 5th, I am so pumped.

  2. Potvinstillsucks says:

    i also can’t wait for october 5th, i like the way the new teams looks on paper i just hope the new additions adapt nicely to playing in ny

  3. RangersBaby says:

    i think everything will work out nicely. The way I look at it, the team is pretty much the same, but now when they make the playoffs they have experience (shanny cullen ward). I think, assuming Lundqvist and Jagr are healthy this year, they playoffs will be quite a different story.

  4. Potvinstillsucks says:

    i hope so

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