4/19/18 | Rangers owner James Dolan said, in an interview with Larry Brooks, that the organization's intention is not to bottom out but to go through this rebuilding process "the right way." (NY Post)
Dolan said that the Rangers now have a plan but need to "be smart" and "carry it out." (NY Post)
He added that it's his belief that the Rangers could compete for a playoff spot next and possibly get in as a 7th or 8th seed. (NY Post)
On the process as a whole, Dolan said that the Rangers are committed to winning the Stanley Cup and that "we're rebuilding but it doesn't have to take forever." (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: In a perfect world for the Rangers, next season they are led to a playoff spot by Henrik Lundqvist, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk and Brady Skjei with Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Pavel Buchnevich, Jimmy Vesey and Neal Pionk taking positive steps and making progress through the season.
No one around the Rangers seems interested in going through "the process" that the 76ers did in the NBA and bottom out for years, collect high picks and hope that they put it all together. As long as the Rangers don't keep tearing down, they should have enough talent, at least up front and in goal, to be around the playoffs. There are still a lot of questions about the defense, but overall, if the Rangers new coaching staff can help get the "young veterans" to play better consistently, a jolt from their truly young players and health in goal, they should be able to put together a fun season that possibly ends with at least four extra games. Unless the Rangers get truly decimated by injuries, they should be closer to the playoffs than the first overall pick.