Rangers, Devils, Islanders: Local Needs

With the Stanley Cup playoffs over the three local teams need to regroup and in some cases rebuild their teams for future runs into and in the playoffs.

The best of the three teams based on their postseason performance, the New York Rangers have minimal needs but have a lot of question marks. The team is coming off of a loss in the Stanley Cup Finals, used their compliance buyout on former cup champion Brad Richards and have resign players such as Chris Kreider, Derrick Brassard and Dominic Moore to name a few.

Fans have chimed in on what the team should do in the offseason. “I think we should go after Stastny from Colorado!! He’s a top center and is a 2 way player,” exclaimed die hard Blueshirts fan, Matt Hill. While adding a player like a Paul Stastny would be a tremendous move, it would also cost a lot of money that can be used elsewhere.

Make no mistake Rangers fans, the team will improve, add some more pieces and possibly try to make back to back trips to the cup finals.

On to the New Jersey Devils, for so many years the Devils along with the Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche were considered the Big 4 in the NHL. Now the Devils have missed the playoffs in back to back seasons for the first time in years. With free agents most notably longtime netminder Martin Brodeur seemingly headed elsewhere the Devils need to make a lot of changes to return to the playoffs.

The red and black faithful always love to share their thoughts on what the team should do next.

Longtime Devils fan JohnCarl Ziegler shared his opinion, “We need a left winger. Since the departures of Parise/Kovalchuk, no one has claimed the role or has played consistently. 2 candidates to target are Matt Moulson and Mike Camallerri. At center, we need to take some of the pressure off of Zajac to produce like a 1st line center and move Elias back to LW permanently. With that, Paul Stastny should be offered a big contract. I also see the team trying to bring back Brian Gionta, and using their compliance buyout on perhaps, Anton Volchenkov.”

Devils fan, AJ would comment on further, “Stastny is the best UFA for this team but he will probably cost too much. I like Milan Michalek, Mason Raymond and Mike Cammalerri a lot too. There best option may be to find someone in the trade market though. Draft wise I’d like to see Vladislav Kamenev or Anton Karlsson.” While both agree that Stastny is needed, they disagree whether or not the team should pursue him.

Lastly the New York Islanders have a nice collection of young players around the likes of John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Travis Hamonic but they need more veterans. The recent acquisitions of veterans Dan Boyle on defense and goaltender Jaroslav Halak, and the signing of Halak certainly fits the bill, they need to reach an agreement with Boyle or fall into the Thomas Vanek mess from earlier this season.

Fisherman fans have their own thoughts on what the organizations plans should be this offseason. “Fire Garth Snow already he stinks!” exclaimed Chris. Tommy shared his thoughts, “I say fire snow, sign boyle and bring back moulson.” Whatever the Islanders do, they will do so one last time on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn in 2016.

All three local teams have needs either via the draft or free agency; they must spend, develop and scout wisely. Because the best teams are the ones that build their core group correctly, and if in doubt look at the success that the Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks have been able to achieve over the years in this era of a salary cap.


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