Hockey Insider Craig Custance of ESPN takes a look at players and teams that would be positively or negatively affected by another labor stoppage this year.
Custance lists the Rangers as a team that would be “Especially Hurt” by it.
“…There’s a real opportunity for the Rangers to seize the attention of New York sports fans this winter. They have star power with the addition of Rick Nash to go with Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards. They’re smack in the middle of their Stanley Cup window and a lost season would be a huge blow to this group. Assuming the prime age for forwards is about 24 or 25 years old, which recent production suggests, the Rangers’ stars up front are moving away from that number. A lost season would put even more distance between Nash (28) and Richards (32) and their prime years for production…”
Injured Ranger Marian Gaborik is a player Custance thinks would benefit from a lockout due to his shoulder rehab.
- I agree with Custance, however I don’t see a ful year being wiped out. The point is still the Rangers, for the first time in a while, are legitimate Cup contenders and there’s a lockout looming. Typical Blueshirt luck.