At Yahoo Sports, Nick Cotsonika writes that Rick Nash could be the final piece for the Rangers in what he called “a rebuild done right.”
He writes of the Rangers, “They drafted. They developed. They supplemented with key free agents like Richards and Marian Gaborik, instead of throwing around big money and trying to use free agency as a foundation the way they used to. “
Pierre McGuire said of the Rangers earlier this season, “I think the Rangers are well on their way to being a formidable force in this league for a long time because of the amateur drafts that they have, the coaching of John, because of the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist, because of the depth that they are starting to acquire. I think the Rangers have done it right. I don’t think they need to do much at all in terms of changing things”
On the SNY.tv Metro Hockey Podcast this season, McGuire said, “You could see these young players coming and the Rangers, after all of those years of doing it wrong, finally woke up and realized that you can’t win with mercenaries, you can’t win with unrestricted free agents, you have to develop your own core of players, you have to be smart about when you get them into the NHL, you have to make some shrewd trades and you have to have goaltending and the Rangers have all of that and they are a legitimate team.”
Adam Rotter: The Rangers went from missing the playoffs by a point to making the playoffs via tiebreaker to winning a division and regular season conference title over the past three years. It’s is the work of John Tortorella having a vision of the team that he wanted, Gordie Clark for making the right draft picks and Glen Sather holding onto the kids and seemingly winning most of the trades that he has been involved in over the last couple of years. They developed an identity and ability to carry on through injuries and bring out the best in limited players.