Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated gives us his offseason rankings and has the Rangers at #22...
22. Rangers - If nothing else, the long-suffering Blueshirt faithful have to be thrilled that Glen Sather didn't spend his summer handing out goofy, unjustifiable contracts to aging, over-rated...oh, wait. Alright, the inexplicable Derek Boogaard deal aside, Slats actually won some points for nabbing intriguing free agent Mats Zuccarello-Aasen (top scorer in Sweden last season) and the low-risk contract he gave to Alex Frolov. Neither is a sure thing, but both bring hope of improvement. Adding Martin Biron to lighten Henrik Lundqvist's load was another solid move.
The Rangers are the #12 Eastern Conference team.
Last week The Hockey News ranked the Rangers #13 in the 15-team Eastern Conference.
...keep the hating coming. I love it!!!! I just can't see how this team can be ranked lower than #10. Until the season starts no way teams like Atlanta (who made some nice moves this summer), Carolina and Tampa (also a nice offseason) can be ranked above the Blueshirts.
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