"What a realist is looking at here:
First year since the lockout without 40 wins: In 2003-04, there were 27
First year since the lockout without 90 points
Worst home record since 2003-04 (13-21-3-4, 33 points)
First year Rangers might draft in Top 10 since Al Montoya was taken at No. 6 in 2004. How’d that work out?"
Zipay also takes a gander at what went wrong this season.
...wow, Zipay throwing dirt on the coffin already. I honestly think this team is getting in. Now I'm not stupid enough to think they're going to make some noise once they get in, but calling them dead before the games are finished is a bit premature. Sorry call me the eternal optimist.
...having said that, qualifying for the playoffs may be the worst thing for the future of the franchise as it will be less likely that major flaws within the organization (and there are many) will be addressed this off-season.
...and by the results of my recent poll it looks like most Ranger fans would rather a better draft position than playoffs anyway.