Following yesterday's trade deadline, the Rangers have 19 games remaining in the season and sit at 27-30-6 with 60 points and a minus 24 goal differential.
The Rangers sit 13th in the Eastern Conference, 5 points ahead of Montreal though the Habs have two games in hand.
The Rangers have a three-game set in Western Canada, return home to play Winnipeg, then travel to Florida where they will play Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller with the Lightning.
Tampa Bay also comes to Madison Square Garden in the Rangers final home game of the season on March 30. Following the game against the Lightning the Rangers end the season with four divisional road games against Carolina, NJ, the Isles and Philly.
The Rangers have said that they will not burn the first year of either Filip Chytil or Lias Andersson's entry-level contract, though either could still play up to 9 games with the Rangers.
Jeff Gorton, when asked about the message to the fans, said "we have had great feedback and support from our fans and they let us know how they feel and they are in full support of what we are doing and what we want to do. The biggest common denominator with our fans is that they want to win too. They have spoken loud and clear since we wrote that letter and that is what we are trying to do and it's what it's all about. Our goal is to win and we are happy to say that our fans are behind us."
He added that this is a time for the young players to show they can make it in the NHL.
Adam Rotter: Next for the Rangers is just finishing out the season and hoping guys that have an opportunity can step up and show some progress in the final month. It's not going to be easy to watch and it's going to be very tough on guys like Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello, but this is what the Rangers as an organization decided to do.
As the Rangers continue to scout and get as prepared as possible for the draft, the most important question the Rangers need to answer now is whether Alain Vigneault will be back as head coach. I don't think the Rangers know yet if Vigneault will return and I think they want to see how he can coach this group and see what he can get out of them over the last month. Vigneault is one of the top coaches in the NHL and helped take the Rangers to a very high level, but this is a much different team than the one that started the season. With the way that Jeff Gorton and management have torn things down, I wouldn't be surprised to see them go in another direction and allow Vigneault to work and attempt to win a Stanley Cup somewhere else. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers feel they have one of the top coaches in the league and don't want to let him go. I can see both sides and it's why I'm not sure the team knows what they will do yet.