Team Preview: New York Rangers

Key additions: Kevin Weekes, G (FA - CRL); Martin Straka, C/LW (FA - PIT); Michael Nylander, C (FA - BOS); Martin Rucinsky, LW (FA - VAN); Steve Rucchin, C (T - ANA); Marek Malik, D (FA - VAN); Ville Nieminen, RW/LW (FA - CGY); Michal Rozsival, D (FA - PIT); Jason Ward, RW (FA - MTL); Jason Strudwick, D (FA - CHI); Joe Rullier, D (FA - LAK); Hugh Jessiman, LW/RW (D - 2003, 1/12); Alvaro Montoya, G (D - 2004, 1/6); Henrik Lundqvist, G (D - 2000, 7/205)

Key losses: Bobby Holik, C (FA - ATL); Eric Lindros, C (FA - TOR); Jan Hlavac, LW (FA - Europe); Mike Dunham, G (FA - ATL); Karel Rachunek, D (FA- Europe); Boris Mironov, D (FA); Josh Green, C (FA - Europe); Joel Bouchard, D (FA - NYI); Sandy McCarthy, RW (FA); Chris McAllister, D/LW (FA - PHX); Lawrence Nycholat, D (FA - WSH); Stepehn Valiquette, G (FA -Europe); Ken Gernander, RW (Retired); Trevor Gillies, LW/D (T - ANA); Jason Labarbera, G (FA - LAK); Pavel Bure, RW (Retired)

Key player unsigned: Mark Messier, C

Forwards: Talk about turnover, of their projected top 12 forwards only Jamie Lundmark and Rucinsky were in the Rangers lineup on opening night, 2003, and Rucinsky was traded to Vancouver in March of 2004 before re-signing with the Blueshirts in the offseason. New York has jetissoned a number of high salaries since the start of the 2003-04 season, but has taken on a few as well, including the highest of them all, Jaromir Jagr's (though the Capitals are paying a portion of that salary). The Rangers have good depth down the middle in Straka (who will also see time at wing), Nylander and Rucchin, but are weak on the wings, with the exception of Jagr. Rucinsky had 14 goals in 2003-04. Straka had ten. Lundmark (who will also play some center) had two. Ward and the pesky Nieminen, five each. Jed Ortmeyer
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