New York Rangers 2015-16 Report Cards: Defense

GENE J. PUSKAR, AP
GENE J. PUSKAR, AP

Our 2015-16 New York Rangers report cards continue today with the most controversial players on the team: the defenseman.

By Chris Wengert

If you were to ask fans the number one reason why the New York Rangers met their demise this season, they would most likely discuss the defense.

It’s ironic too, because for the past five years the organization’s success was built around strong defense.

Maybe it was all of those blocked shots in conjunction with the long grinding playoff series the Rangers have played over past seasons.


Whatever the reason may be, the Rangers defense aged before our eyes this season.

Rangers 2015-16 Report Cards: Forwards

Many fans were hoping that Alain Vigneault and Jeff Gorton would make changes to the suspect defense at the trade deadline, but to no avail.

Bad contracts that were forged by Glen Sather have now come back to bite the organization, with no relief in sight.

What fans witnessed this season was simply the result of no movement and trade clauses, partnered with brutally overpriced contracts.

The New York Rangers forwards had their day in court and now it’s time for the defenseman to take their lumps.

This might turn out to be an ugly affair folks…

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