Last years run in the playoffs was cut short by a heart-stopping, gut-wrenching goal by co-captain Chris Drury of the Buffalo Sabres with 7.7 seconds left in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi's. Scott Gomez was part of the New Jersey Devils team that swept the Rangers two seasons ago in the first round of the playoffs. Now they're both with us. With multiple Stanley Cup Championships on their resumes, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez make the the Rangers one of the best teams in the league, let alone the Eastern Conference. What does this mean for the Rangers 2007-2008 season? It looks like all of the players from last seasons team, minus Michael Nylander and Jed Ortmeyer, will be returning. What do the Rangers have to do to live up to the hype of adding the top 2 free agents available?Make the Eastern Conference Finals? Win the Stanley Cup? The lines figure to look something like this:
Straka Gomez Jagr
Shanahan Drury Avery
Prucha Cullen Callahan
Hossa Betts Hollweg
It's a lethal lineup to go along with Henrik Lundqvist in net so I don't think a trip to the Eastern Conference Semi's would cut it this year. Let's be honest: We want the Cup and if we're gonna do it, this is the year with Jagr's contract dwindling down and in all likelihood it being Shanny's last year.