3. Familiarity

In a world of salary cap restraints and free agency madness, Sather and Gorton have done a tremendous job of keeping the core intact. Think about the young group of Rangers who’ve played together for several years now.

Not only have they played in New York together, but a few of them even played together in Hartford prior to making the big show.

Rangers Core:

  • Henrik Lundqvist
  • Ryan McDonagh
  • Dan Girardi
  • Marc Staal
  • Derek Stepan
  • Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider


J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg are also all primed to join this group as young, homegrown Blueshirts.

The names and faces have changed around them, but the group in the middle is as solid as it gets. This is a rare occurrence in the NHL to witness.


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