With the New York Rangers’ season only days away, it’s time to take a closer look at this team. Could there be a Cup in Broadway’s future?

The time has finally come New York Rangers fans. The regular season is upon us.

It’s amazing how long an offseason can feel after a few years of deep playoff runs. While Blueshirt fans may have been spoiled, last year’s brutal playoff performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins sobered everyone up fairly quickly.

With that pitiful five-game series came talk of doom and gloom.

“The Rangers’ window has closed.”

“There are too many bad contracts and Jeff Gorton should blow up the team as a result.”

Henrik Lundqvist is past his prime.”

These are just a few of the mantras which fans and writers were spewing for weeks on end following their spring failures.

But then General Manager Jeff Gorton gave all of us hope in the form of Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich.

Add to that formula Mika Zibanejad, and the Rangers roster went from looking like a decrepit bunch to an energized young corps seemingly overnight.

Players had their ups and downs throughout the preseason. Brandon Pirri and Nathan Gerbe came out of the woodwork, while Nicklas Jensen and Brady Skjei gave all of us pause.

Despite how you may feel about the final roster, one thing is for sure. You should feel optimistic and excited about this Rangers team.

It’s time to preview the 2016-17 New York Rangers. We’ll discuss all of the positions, name some dark horses, and even give some bold staff predictions.

I've been a die hard Rangers and Giants fan for as long as I can remember. I enjoy sharing opinions, and hearing from fans that love their teams just as much as I do. Henrik Lundqvist makes all of us look like mere mortals. E-mail me at: Chris.Wengert@elitesportsny.com