Before last season many Rangers, including Brian Boyle, said that they thought the Rangers had a team capable of finishing in the top four and claiming home ice in the first round.
Boyle said, “I think we have the team that can be and should be a top-four seed instead of being the fight somewhere between sixth and ninth.”
During the Q&A that John Tortorella held with fans at the Rangers Dog Walk, provided by the team, the Rangers coach noted that the team still needs to take the necessary steps to get where they need to be.
Quite honestly I have corresponded with the players. Listen a couple of years ago we talked about taking some steps, instead of being that 7th, 8th, and 9th team just fighting to get in and then going out in the first round, we started trying to take our steps. This year, honestly, we were trying to get into that 4th, 5th. We exceeded that, ended winning our conference and going to the Conference Finals. Having said that, you can’t look by anything. We still have a lot of things to learn as a hockey club, and we’re still a very young hockey team. But I think they understand to take things one day at a time. That’s so important. I have full trust in these guys that they are ready to answer the bell here.