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|owner(s) = [[Cablevision|Madison Square Garden L.P.]]<br>([[James Dolan]], managing partner)
|media_affiliates = [[MSG (TV channel)|MSG]]<br />[[MSG Plus]]<br />[[WEPN-FM|ESPN (98.7 FM)]]
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|general_manager = {{flagicon|CAN}} [[Glen Sather]]
|head_coach = [[Alain Vigneault]]
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|head_coach = {{flagicon|CAN}} [[Alain Vigneault]]
|general_manager = [[Glen Sather]]
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|captain = ''Vacant''
|owner = [[The Madison Square Garden Company]]<br />([[James L. Dolan|James Dolan]], chairman)
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|minor_league_affiliates = [[Connecticut Whale]] ([[American Hockey League|AHL]])<br>[[Greenville Road Warriors]] ([[ECHL]])
|captain = [[Ryan McDonagh]]
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|minor_league_affiliates = [[Hartford Wolf Pack]] ([[American Hockey League|AHL]]) <br />[[Greenville Road Warriors]] ([[ECHL]])
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|presidents_trophies = '''2''' ([[1991-92 NHL season|1991-92]], [[1993-94 NHL season|1993-94]])
|stanley_cups = '''4''' ([[1928 Stanley Cup Finals|1927–28]], [[1933 Stanley Cup Finals|1932–33]], [[1940 Stanley Cup Finals|1939–40]], [[1994 Stanley Cup Finals|1993–94]])
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|conference_champs = '''2''' ([[1993-94 NHL season|1993-94]], 2013-14)
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The '''New York Rangers''' are a professional ice hockey team based in [[New York City|New York]], [[New York]], [[United States|U.S.A.]] They are members of the [[Atlantic Division (NHL)|Atlantic Division]] of the [[Eastern Conference (NHL)|Eastern Conference]] of the [[National Hockey League]] (NHL). Playing their home games at [[Madison Square Garden]], the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, having joined in 1925 as an expansion franchise and are part of the group of teams referred to as the [[Original Six]]. The Rangers have won the [[Stanley Cup]] four times, most recently in [[1994 Stanley Cup Finals|1994]].
   
The '''New York Rangers''' are a professional [[ice hockey]] team based in the borough of [[Manhattan]] in [[New York City]]. They are members of the [[Metropolitan Division]] of the [[Eastern Conference (NHL)|Eastern Conference]] of the [[National Hockey League]] (NHL). Playing their home games at [[Madison Square Garden]], the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, having joined in 1926 as an expansion franchise. They are part of the group of teams referred to as the [[Original Six]], along with the [[Boston Bruins]], [[Chicago Blackhawks]], [[Detroit Red Wings]], [[Montreal Canadiens]], and [[Toronto Maple Leafs]]. The Rangers were the first NHL franchise in the United States to win the [[Stanley Cup]],<ref name="Rangers Bruins" /> which they have done four times, most recently in [[1994 Stanley Cup Finals|1993–94]].<ref name="Rangers Cup" />
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==Franchise history==
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==History==
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{{seealso|History of the New York Rangers}}
{{Main|History of the New York Rangers}}
 
   
 
===Early years===
 
===Early years===
[[Tex Rickard|George Lewis "Tex" Rickard]], president of [[Madison Square Garden (1925)|Madison Square Garden]], was awarded an NHL franchise for the [[1926–27 NHL season|1926–27]] season to compete with the now-defunct [[New York Americans]], who had begun play at the Garden the previous season. The Americans (also known as the "Amerks") proved to be an even greater success than expected during their inaugural season, leading Rickard to pursue a second team for the Garden despite promising the Amerks that they would be the only hockey team to play there.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940CEED6133AF935A25751C0A9659C8B63|title=F.Y.I.|last=Boland Jr. |first=Ed|date=2003-02-16|work=New York Times|accessdate=2008-06-17}}</ref> The new team was quickly nicknamed "Tex's Rangers".
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In [[1925-26 NHL season|1925]], the [[New York Americans]] joined the [[National Hockey League]], playing in [[Madison Square Garden]]. The Amerks proved to be an even greater success than expected, leading Garden president [[Tex Rickard]] to go after a team for the Garden despite promising the Amerks that they would be the only hockey team to play there.
   
Rickard's franchise began play in the [[1926–27 NHL season|1926–27 season]]. The first team crest was a horse sketched in blue carrying a cowboy waving a hockey stick aloft, before being changed to the familiar R-A-N-G-E-R-S in diagonal.<ref>{{Cite book |last1=Boucher |first1=Frank |last2=Frayne |first2=Trent |title=When the Rangers Were Young |year=1973 |page=74 |publisher=Dodd, Mead & Company |publication-place=New York |isbn=0-396-06852-9 |lccn=73007485 |ol=5415647M |oclc=799524 |quote=Even before our training camp opened we were widely known as Tex's Rangers, a name given us by George Daley, the sports editor of the New York ''Herald Tribune,'' and one that seemed likely to stick. In fact, our first team crest was that of a horse sketched in blue carrying a cowboy waving a hockey stick aloft. The horse was rearing, with the word TEX'S in a crescent at the top of the emblem with RANGERS looped below. But Rickard didn't like the idea and before the season opened our insignia was changed to the present diagonal splash of the word RANGERS. }}</ref> Rickard managed to get future legendary [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] owner [[Conn Smythe]] to assemble the team. However, Smythe had a falling-out with Rickard's hockey man, [[John S. Hammond|Col. John S. Hammond]], and was fired as manager-coach on the eve of the first season—he was paid a then-hefty $2,500 to leave. Smythe was replaced by [[Pacific Coast Hockey Association]] co-founder [[Lester Patrick]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E04E7DC1638F936A25756C0A962958260|title=Sports of The Times; The Original Ranger, Murray Murdoch, Turns 90 |last=Anderson|first=Dave|date=1994-05-15|work=New York Times|accessdate=2008-06-17}}</ref> The new team Smythe assembled turned out to be a winner. The Rangers won the American Division title their first year but lost to the [[Boston Bruins]] in the playoffs.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/nhl19271927.html|title=NHL Standings|publisher=The Internet Hockey Database|accessdate=2008-06-17}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/playoffdisplay.php3?league=nhl1927&season=1927&leaguenm=NHL|title=1926–27 NHL Playoff Results|publisher=The Internet Hockey Database|accessdate=2008-06-17}}</ref>
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Rickard was granted a franchise, which he originally planned to name the '''New York Giants'''. However, the New York press soon nicknamed his team "Tex's Rangers", and the new name stuck. Rickard managed to get future legendary [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] owner [[Conn Smythe]] to assemble the team. However, Smythe had a falling-out with Rickard's hockey man, [[John S. Hammond|Col. John S. Hammond]], and was fired as manager-coach on the eve of the first season &mdash; he was paid a then-hefty $2500 to leave the Big Apple. Smythe was replaced by [[Pacific Coast Hockey Association]] co-founder [[Lester Patrick]], but kept all of the players Smythe had assembled. The new team turned out to be a winner. The Rangers won the American Division title their first year but lost to the [[Boston Bruins]] in the playoffs. To this day, these Rangers were one of the most successful teams in the [[History of the National Hockey League|history of the NHL]]. The team's early success led to players becoming minor celebrities and fixtures in [[New York City]]'s Roaring 20's nightlife.
   
The team's early success led to players becoming minor celebrities and fixtures in New York City's [[Roaring 20]]'s nightlife. It was also during this time, playing at the Garden on 48th Street, blocks away from [[Times Square]], that the Rangers obtained their now-famous nickname "The Broadway Blueshirts". On December 13, 1929, the New York Rangers became the first team in the NHL to travel by plane when they hired the [[Curtiss-Wright Corporation]] to fly them to Toronto for a game against the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] which they would lose 7–6.<ref name="CenturyOfHockey">{{Cite book|last=Dryden|first=Steve|title=The Hockey News: Century Of Hockey|year=2000|page=32|publisher=McClelland & Stewart Ltd.|location=Toronto|isbn=0-7710-4179-9}}</ref>
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===1927-28 Stanley Cup===
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In only their [[1927-28 NHL season|second season]], the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, defeating the [[Montreal Maroons]] three games to two. One of the most memorable stories that emerged from the Finals involved Patrick suiting up in [[goaltender|goal]] at the ripe age of 44. At the time, teams were not required to dress a backup [[goaltender]] so when the Rangers' regular [[goaltender]], [[Lorne Chabot]], went down with an eye injury, Maroons [[head coach]] [[Eddie Gerard]] vetoed his original choice for a replacement (who was [[Alex Connell]], another NHL goalie of the old [[Ottawa Senators (original)|Ottawa Senators]], who was in attendance for the game). An angry Patrick lined up between the pipes for two periods in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals, allowing one goal to Maroons' center [[Nels Stewart]]. [[Frank Boucher]] would score the game-winner in overtime to seal victory for New York. An [[expansion team]] would not come this far this fast in North American professional sports until the Philadelphia Atoms won the North American Soccer League title in their first year of existence.
   
===1927–28 Stanley Cup===
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===1932-33 Stanley Cup===
In only their [[1927–28 NHL season|second season]], the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, defeating the [[Montreal Maroons]] three games to two.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/cup02/cuphistory.htm|title=Stanley Cup history|date=2002-06-14|work=USA Today|accessdate=2008-06-17}}</ref> One of the most memorable stories that emerged from the Finals involved Patrick playing in goal at the age of 44. At the time, teams were not required to dress a backup [[goaltender]] so when the Rangers' regular [[goaltender]], [[Lorne Chabot]], left a game with an [[eye injury]], Maroons [[head coach]] [[Eddie Gerard]] vetoed his original choice for a replacement (who was [[Alex Connell]], another NHL goalie of the old [[Ottawa Senators (original)|Ottawa Senators]] who was in attendance for the game). An angry Patrick lined up between the pipes for two periods in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals, allowing one goal to Maroons center [[Nels Stewart]]. [[Frank Boucher]] would score the game-winning goal in overtime for New York.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.sptimes.com/2004/06/05/Lightning/Injuries_sideline_pla.shtml|title=Injuries sideline players only rarely|last=Brink|first=Graham|date=2004-06-05|publisher=[[St. Petersburg Times]]|accessdate=2008-06-17}}</ref>
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[[Image:NYR1932 33.jpg|thumb|left|250px|The 1932-33 New York Rangers team picture autographed by Lester Patrick]]
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After a loss to the Bruins in the [[1928-29 NHL season|1928-29]] finals and a few mediocre seasons in the early 1930s, the Rangers, led by brothers [[Bill Cook|Bill]] and [[Bun Cook]] on the right and left wings, respectively, and [[Frank Boucher]] at center, would defeat the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] in the [[1932-33 NHL season|1932-33]] best-of-five finals, three games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup, exacting revenge on the Leafs' "Kid line" of [[Busher Jackson]], [[Joe Primeau]], and [[Charlie Conacher]]. The Rangers would spend the rest of the 1930s playing close to .500 hockey until their next Cup win. Lester Patrick stepped down as Head Coach and handed the reins to Frank Boucher.
   
===1932–33 Stanley Cup===
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===1939-40 Stanley Cup===
After a loss to the Bruins in the [[1928–29 NHL season|1928–29]] finals<ref name="Rangers Bruins">{{Cite news|last=Anderson|first=Dave|url=http://www.nytimes.com/1995/05/14/sports/sports-of-the-times-at-boston-garden-there-s-much-more-gold-than-green.html|title=Sports of The Times; At Boston Garden, There's Much More Gold Than Green|work=New York Times|date=May 14, 1995|accessdate=2008-06-17}}</ref> and a few mediocre seasons in the early 1930s, the Rangers, led by brothers [[Bill Cook|Bill]] and [[Bun Cook]] on the right and left wings, respectively, and [[Frank Boucher]] at center, would defeat the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] in the [[1932–33 NHL season|1932–33]] best-of-five finals, three games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup, exacting revenge on the Leafs' "Kid line" of [[Busher Jackson]], [[Joe Primeau]], and [[Charlie Conacher]]. The Rangers would spend the rest of the 1930s playing close to 0.500 hockey until their next Cup win. Lester Patrick stepped down as head coach and was replaced by Frank Boucher.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://rangers.nhl.com/team/app?service=page&page=NHLPage&bcid=tra_history|title=Team History|publisher=New York Rangers|accessdate=2008-06-17}}</ref>
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In [[1939-40 NHL season|1939-40]], the Rangers finished the regular season in second place behind the [[Boston Bruins]]. The two teams would square off in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins gained a two-games-to-one series lead from the Rangers until they stormed back winning three straight games to hold off the first-place Bruins. The Rangers eventually won the best-of-seven series, four games to two. Their first-round victory gave the Rangers a bye until the finals. The [[Detroit Red Wings]] disposed of the [[New York Americans]] in their first round best-of-three series two games to one (even as the Americans had analytical and notorious ex-Bruins star [[Eddie Shore]]) and the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] ousted the [[Chicago Blackhawks|Chicago Black Hawks]] two games to none. The Maple Leafs and Red Wings would play a best-of-three series to determine who would go on to play the Rangers in the Cup finals. The Maple Leafs swept the Red Wings and the Finals match-up was determined. The 1939-40 [[List of Stanley Cup champions|Stanley Cup Finals]] started in Madison Square Garden in New York. The first two games went to the Rangers. In game one the Rangers needed overtime to gain a 1-0 series lead and won game two quite handily with a 6-2 victory. The series then headed north to Toronto with the Maple Leafs winning the next two games on home ice, thereby tying the series 2-2. In games five and six the Rangers won both contests in overtime and won the series four games to two over the Maple Leafs to earn their third Stanley Cup.
   
===1939–40 Stanley Cup===
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The Rangers would collapse by the mid-1940s, losing games by as much as 15-0 and having one goaltender with a 6.20 goals-against average. They would miss the playoffs for five consecutive seasons before squeaking into the fourth and final playoff spot in [[1947-48 NHL season|1948]]. They lost the first round and would miss the playoffs again in [[1948-49 NHL season|1949]]. In the [[1949-50 NHL season|1950]] finals the Rangers were forced to play all of their games on the road (home games in Toronto) while the circus was at the Garden. They would end up losing to the [[Detroit Red Wings]] in overtime in the seventh game of the finals, despite a stellar first-round performance as underdogs to the [[Montreal Canadiens]].
In [[1939–40 NHL season]], the Rangers finished the regular season in second place behind the Boston Bruins. The two teams would meet in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins gained a two-games-to-one series lead from New York, but the Rangers recovered to win three straight games, defeating the first-place Bruins four games to two. The Rangers' first-round victory gave them a bye until the finals. The Detroit Red Wings disposed of the New York Americans in their first round best-of-three series two games to one (even as the Americans had analytical and notorious ex-Bruins star Eddie Shore) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ousted the Chicago Black Hawks two games to none. The Maple Leafs and Red Wings would play a best-of-three series to determine who would go on to play the Rangers in the Cup Finals. The Maple Leafs swept the Red Wings and the Finals match-up was determined. The 1940 Stanley Cup Finals started in Madison Square Garden in New York. The first two games went to the Rangers. In game one the Rangers needed overtime to gain a 1–0 series lead, but they won game two more easily with a 6–2 victory. The series then headed to Toronto where the Maple Leafs won the next two games, tying the series 2–2. In games five and six, the Rangers won in overtime, taking the series four games to two to earn their third Stanley Cup.
 
   
The Rangers would collapse by the mid-1940s, losing games by as much as 15–0 and having one goaltender with a 6.20 goals-against average. They would miss the playoffs for five consecutive seasons before squeaking into the fourth and final playoff spot in [[1947–48 NHL season|1948]]. They lost in the first round and would miss the playoffs again in [[1948–49 NHL season]]. In the [[1950 Stanley Cup Finals]], the Rangers were forced to play all of their games on the road (home games in Toronto) while the circus was at the Garden. They would eventually lose to the Detroit Red Wings in overtime in the seventh game of the finals, despite a stellar first-round performance as underdogs to the Montreal Canadiens.
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During this time, Red Wings owner [[James E. Norris]] became the largest stockholder in the Garden. However, he did not buy controlling interest in the arena, which would have violated the NHL's rule against one person owning more than one team. Nonetheless, he had enough support on the board to exercise de facto control.
   
During this time, Red Wings owner James E. Norris became the largest stockholder in the Garden. However, he did not buy controlling interest in the arena, which would have violated the NHL's rule against one person owning more than one team. Nonetheless, he had enough support on the board to exercise de facto control.
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===The post-Original Six era===
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[[Image:NewYorkRangers1940s.png|thumb|150px|New York Rangers logo (used 1935-48)]]
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The Rangers remained a mark of futility in the NHL for several years, missing the playoffs in 12 of the next 16 years. However, the team was rejuvenated in the late 1960s, symbolized by moving into a newly-rebuilt [[Madison Square Garden]] in 1968. A year earlier, they made the playoffs for the first time in five years on the strength of rookie goaltender [[Eddie Giacomin]], and acquired 1950s [[Montreal Canadiens]] star right wing [[Bernie Geoffrion|Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion]].
   
===1967–1993: The post-Original Six era===
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The Blueshirts made the Finals twice in the 1970s, but lost both times to two '70s powerhouses; the [[Boston Bruins]] in [[1971-72 NHL season|1972]], in six games, who were led by such stars as [[Bobby Orr]], [[Phil Esposito]], [[Ken Hodge]], [[Johnny Bucyk]], and [[Wayne Cashman]]; and in [[1978-79 NHL season|1979]], in five games to the Habs, who had [[Bob Gainey]], [[Guy Lafleur]], [[Larry Robinson]], [[Ken Dryden]], [[Guy Lapointe]], and [[Serge Savard]]. This time the Blueshirts had “Espo”, but it didn't matter; the Habs looked clearly dominant.
[[File:NewYorkRangers1940s.png|thumb|150px|New York Rangers logo (used 1935/36-1946/47)]]
 
The Rangers remained a mark of futility in the NHL for most of the remainder of the [[Original Six]] era, missing the playoffs in 12 of the next 16 years. However, the team was rejuvenated in the late 1960s, symbolized by moving into the fourth version of [[Madison Square Garden]] in 1968. A year earlier, they made the playoffs for the first time in five years on the strength of rookie goaltender [[Eddie Giacomin]] and acquired 1950s [[Montreal Canadiens]] star right wing [[Bernie Geoffrion|Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion]].
 
   
The Rangers made the Finals twice in the 1970s, but lost both times to two '70s powerhouses; in six games to the [[Boston Bruins]] in {{scfy|1972}}, who were led by such stars as [[Bobby Orr]], [[Phil Esposito]], [[Ken Hodge]], [[Johnny Bucyk]], and [[Wayne Cashman]]; and in five games to the Canadiens in {{scfy|1979}}, who had [[Bob Gainey]], [[Guy Lafleur]], [[Larry Robinson]], [[Ken Dryden]], [[Guy Lapointe]], and [[Serge Savard]]. This time the Rangers had Esposito, but it did not matter, as the Canadiens were dominant.
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By [[1971-72 NHL season|1972]], the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals despite losing high-scoring center [[Jean Ratelle]] (who had been on track over Bruin [[Phil Esposito]] to become the first Ranger since [[Bryan Hextall]] in 1942 to lead the NHL in scoring) to injury during the stretch drive of the regular season. The strength of people like [[Brad Park]], Ratelle, [[Vic Hadfield]], and [[Rod Gilbert]] (the last three constructing the famed [[GAG line|"GAG line"]], meaning "goal-a-game") would still carry them through the playoffs. They would defeat the defending champion Canadiens in the first round and the [[Chicago Blackhawks]] in the second, but lost to [[Boston Bruins|Boston]] in the finals.
   
By {{nhly|1971}}, the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup Finals despite losing high-scoring center [[Jean Ratelle]] (who had been on pace over Bruin [[Phil Esposito]] to become the first Ranger since [[Bryan Hextall]] in 1942 to lead the NHL in scoring) to injury during the stretch drive of the regular season. The strength of players like [[Brad Park]], Jean Ratelle, [[Vic Hadfield]] and [[Rod Gilbert]] (the last three constructing the famed GAG line meaning "goal-a-game") would still carry them through the playoffs. They would defeat the defending-champion Canadiens in the first round and the [[Chicago Blackhawks]] in the second, but lost to the Bruins in the finals.
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The Rangers played a legendary semifinal series with the Philadelphia Flyers in the [[1973-74 NHL season|1973-74]] playoffs. This series was noted for a game seven fight between Dave Schultz of the Flyers and Dale Rolfe of the Rangers. Schultz pummeled Rolfe without anyone on the Rangers lifting a finger to protect him (the GAG line was on the ice at the time). This lead to the belief that the Rangers of that period were soft - especially when taking into account the bullying endured by the Rangers during the 1972 finals. One example is Rod Gilbert's beating at the hands of Derek Sanderson of the Bruins.
   
The Rangers played a legendary semifinal series against the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] in the [[1973–74 NHL season|1973–74]] playoffs, losing in 7 games and becoming the first of the "Original Six" to lose a playoff series to an 1967 expansion team. This series was noted for a game seven fight between [[Dale Rolfe]] of the Rangers and [[Dave Schultz (ice hockey)|Dave Schultz]] of the Flyers.
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Their new rivals, the [[New York Islanders]], who entered the league in [[1972-73 NHL season|1972]] after paying a huge territorial fee &mdash; some $4 million &mdash; to the Rangers, were their first-round opponent in [[1974-75 NHL season|1975]]. After splitting the first two games, the Islanders defeated the more established Rangers, eleven seconds into overtime of the deciding game three, establishing a rivalry that continued to grow for years after.
   
Their new rivals, the [[New York Islanders]], who entered the league in [[1972–73 NHL season|1972]] after paying a huge territorial fee—some $4 million—to the Rangers, were their first-round opponent in [[1974–75 NHL season|1975]]. After splitting the first two games, the Islanders defeated the more-established Rangers eleven seconds into overtime of the deciding game three, establishing a rivalry that continued to grow for years.
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After some off years in the mid-to-late 1970s, they picked up Esposito and [[Carol Vadnais]] from the Bruins for Park, Ratelle and [[Joe Zanussi]] in [[1975-76 NHL season|1975]]. Swedish stars [[Anders Hedberg]] and [[Ulf Nilsson]] jumped to the Rangers from the maverick [[World Hockey Association]]. And in [[1978-79 NHL season|1979]] they defeated the surging Islanders in the semi-finals and would return to the finals again before bowing out to the Canadiens. [[The Islanders]] got their revenge however, eliminating the Rangers in four consecutive playoff series' starting in [[1980-81 NHL season|1981]] en route to their second of four consecutive [[Stanley Cup]] titles.
   
After some off years in the mid-to-late 1970s, they picked up Esposito and [[Carol Vadnais]] from the Bruins for Park, Ratelle, and [[Joe Zanussi]] in [[1975–76 NHL season|1975]]. Swedish stars [[Anders Hedberg]] and [[Ulf Nilsson (ice hockey)|Ulf Nilsson]] jumped to the Rangers from the maverick [[World Hockey Association]]. And in [[1978–79 NHL season|1979]] they defeated the surging Islanders in the semi-finals and would return to the finals again before bowing out to the Canadiens. The Islanders got their revenge, however, eliminating the Rangers in four consecutive playoff series starting in [[1980–81 NHL season|1981]] en route to their second of four consecutive [[Stanley Cup]] titles.
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The Rangers stayed competitive through the 1980s and early 1990s, making the playoffs each year except for one but never going very far. An exception was [[1985-86 NHL season|1985-86]], when the Rangers, behind rookie goaltender [[John Vanbiesbrouck]], upended the [[Patrick Division]] winner [[Philadelphia Flyers]] in a decisive fifth game followed by a six-game win over the [[Washington Capitals]] in the Patrick Division Finals. Montreal disposed of the Rangers in the [[Wales Conference]] Finals behind a rookie goaltender of their own, [[Patrick Roy]]. The Blueshirts acquired superstar center [[Marcel Dionne]] after almost 12 years as a [[Los Angeles Kings|Los Angeles King]] [[1986-87 NHL season|the next year]]. In 1988, Dionne moved into third place in career goals scored (since bettered by [[Brett Hull]]). But Dionne's always-churning legs started to slow the next year, thereby ensuring that his goals came further and further apart. “Because you love the game so much, you think it will never end, said Dionne, who spent nine games in the minors before retiring in 1989. He would only played 49 playoff games in 17 seasons with the Rangers, Kings and [[Detroit Red Wings]].
   
The Rangers stayed competitive through the 1980s and early 1990s, making the playoffs each year. In the 1985–1986 NHL playoffs, the Rangers, behind rookie goaltender [[John Vanbiesbrouck]], upended the [[Patrick Division]]-winning Flyers in five games followed by a six-game win over the [[Washington Capitals]] in the Patrick Division Finals. Montreal disposed of the Rangers in the [[Wales Conference]] Finals behind a rookie goaltender of their own, [[Patrick Roy]]. [[1986–87 NHL season|The next year]], the Rangers acquired superstar center [[Marcel Dionne]] after almost 12 years as a [[Los Angeles Kings|Los Angeles King]] . In 1988, Dionne moved into third place in career goals scored (since bettered by [[Brett Hull]]). "Because you love the game so much, you think it will never end", said Dionne, who spent nine games in the minors before retiring in 1989. He would only play 49 playoff games in 17 seasons with the Rangers, Kings, and [[Detroit Red Wings]].
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Still, the many playoff failures convinced Rangers fans that this was a manifestation of the [[Curse of 1940]], which is said to either have begun when the Rangers' management burnt the mortgage to [[Madison Square Garden]] in the bowl of the Stanley Cup after the 1940 victory, or by [[Red Dutton]] following the collapse of the [[New York Americans]] franchise. In the early 1980s, Islander fans began chanting "1940! 1940!" to taunt the Rangers. Fans in other cities soon picked up the chant.
   
Frustration was at its peak when the {{nhly|1991}} squad captured the [[Presidents' Trophy]]. They took a 2–1 series lead on the defending champion [[Pittsburgh Penguins]] and then faltered in three straight (most observers note a [[Ron Francis]] slapshot from the blue line that eluded Mike Richter as the series' turning point). The following year, injuries and a 1–11 finish landed the Rangers at the bottom of the Patrick Division after being in a playoff position for much of the season. Coach [[Roger Neilson]] did not finish the season.
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Frustration was at its peak when the [[1991-92 NHL season|1991-92]] squad captured the [[Presidents' Trophy]]. They took a 2-1 series lead on the defending champ [[Pittsburgh Penguins]] and then faltered in three straight (most observers note a [[Ron Francis]] slapshot from the blue line that eluded Mike Richter as the series' turning point). The following year a 1-11 finish landed the Rangers in the Patrick Division cellar. Coach [[Roger Neilson]] did not finish the season. The off-season hiring of controversial head coach [[Mike Keenan]] was criticized by many who pointed out Keenan's 0-3 record in the finals.
   
During this period, the Rangers were owned by [[Gulf+Western]], which was renamed to Paramount Communications in 1989, and sold to [[Viacom]] in 1994. Viacom then sold the team to [[ITT Corporation]] and [[Cablevision]], and a couple of years later, ITT sold their ownership stake to Cablevision, who owned the team until 2010, when they spun off the MSG properties as their own company.
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===1993-94 Stanley Cup: The Ending of The Curse===
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The [[1993-94 NHL season|1993-94 season]] was a magical one for Rangers fans, as Keenan led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years. Two years prior, they picked up center [[Mark Messier]], who was an integral part of the [[Edmonton Oilers]]' Cup-winning teams. [[Adam Graves]], who also defected from the Oilers, joined the Rangers as well. Other ex-Oilers on the Blueshirts included trade deadline acquisitions [[Craig MacTavish]] (now Oilers head coach) and [[Glenn Anderson]]. [[Brian Leetch]] and [[Sergei Zubov]] were a solid 1-2 punch on [[Defenceman (ice hockey)|defence]]. In fact, Zubov led the team in scoring that season with 89 points, and continued to be an all-star defenceman throughout his career. Graves would set a team record with 52 goals, breaking the old record of 50 held by [[Vic Hadfield]]. This record would later be broken by [[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]] on April 8, [[2006]] against the [[Boston Bruins]].
   
===1993–94 Stanley Cup: the ending of the curse===
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After clinching the [[Presidents' Trophy]] by finishing with the best record in the NHL at 52-24-8, setting a franchise record with 112 points, the Rangers were pitted against their division rival, the eighth-seeded Islanders, in the first round of the playoffs. The Islanders proved to be little competition, as they were swept in four games by an aggregate score of 22-3. Rangers goaltender [[Mike Richter]] earned a pair of shutouts in the series, while supposed Islander upgrade [[Ron Hextall]] had a 5.50 GAA to Richter's 0.75. In the second round, the [[Washington Capitals]] were dismissed in five games, which set the stage for a matchup with a third division rival, the [[New Jersey Devils]], in the Conference Finals. Despite a 0-6 regular season record against the Rangers, the Devils took them to a full seven games. The series was highlighted by three dramatic multiple [[Overtime (hockey)|overtime]] games, in which the Rangers were victorious in two. [[Stephane Matteau]] scored both of those overtime goals, the first coming during game three at 6:13 of the second overtime period. However, after the fifth game, the Rangers trailed in the series 3-2, and, facing elimination, [[Captain (hockey)|captain]] Mark Messier boldly ''guaranteed'' a victory in game six back at the [[Continental Airlines Arena|Meadowlands]] in New Jersey&mdash;<ref>{{cite news| url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1208/is_n23_v217/ai_15505683 | title=A Stanley Cup guarantee? | first=Larry | last=Wigge | publisher=''The Sporting News'' | date=[[1994-06-06]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref>
The [[1993–94 NHL season|1993–94 season]] was a successful one for Rangers fans, as Mike Keenan led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years.<ref name="Rangers Cup">{{Cite news|last=Vecsey|first=George|url=http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06/23/sports/sports-of-the-times-houston-finally-has-an-edge.html|title=Sports of The Times; Houston Finally Has an Edge|newspaper=[[New York Times]]|date=June 24, 1994|accessdate=2008-06-17|authorlink=George Vecsey}}</ref> Two years prior, they picked up center [[Mark Messier]], a part of the [[Edmonton Oilers]]' Cup-winning teams. Other ex-Oilers on the Rangers included [[Adam Graves]], [[Kevin Lowe]], [[Jeff Beukeboom]], [[Esa Tikkanen]], [[Craig MacTavish]] and [[Glenn Anderson]]. Graves would set a team record with 52 goals, breaking the old record of 50 held by [[Vic Hadfield]].
 
   
The Rangers clinched the [[Presidents' Trophy]] by finishing with the best record in the NHL at 52–24–8, setting a franchise record with 112 points.
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{{cquote|We know we are going to win Game Six and bring it back to the Garden.}}
   
The Rangers successfully made it past the first two rounds of the playoffs, sweeping the [[New York Islanders]], and then defeating the [[Washington Capitals]] in five. However, in the Conference Finals against the third-seeded [[New Jersey Devils]], the Rangers lost the series opener at home in double overtime, but won the next two games before the Devils defeated them 3–1 and 4–1. The series headed back to the [[Izod Center|Meadowlands]] for the sixth game, in which Messier [[Hat trick#Hockey|scored three times]] in the final period to lead the Rangers to a 4–2 win and set up a seventh game back at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won game seven 2–1, when [[Stephane Matteau]] scored a goal in double overtime, leading the team to the finals for the first time since {{scfy|1979}}.
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Halfway through the game the Rangers trailed 2-0 before Messier set up [[Alexei Kovalev]] late in the second period to bring them to within a goal of tying the game. In what is now considered one of the greatest individual performances in sports history, Messier delivered a natural [[hat trick]] in the third period to give the Rangers a 4-2 win to send the series to a decisive seventh game to be played at Madison Square Garden. In that seventh game, a Leetch goal midway through the second period stood until [[Valeri Zelepukin]] tied the game for the Devils by stuffing the puck under Richter's pads with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation. It appeared once again that the [[Curse of 1940]] would undo the Rangers. Surprisingly, Matteau's second overtime winner of the series, coming at 4:24 of the second overtime period, would clinch the series for the Blueshirts. Rangers radio announcer [[Howie Rose]] called the play in dramatic fashion shouting simply, "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!"<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2237 |title=Matteau's moment one of blueshirts' best ever |accessdate=2007-08-10 }}</ref>
   
Up against the [[Vancouver Canucks]], the Rangers again lost the series opener at home in overtime. The Rangers bounced back and they won the next three games, allowing the Canucks just four goals. However, the Canucks won the next two 6–3 and 4–1 to set up a seventh game, for the second consecutive series, at home.<ref name="GreatestDay">{{Cite book|last=Morrison|first=Scott|title=Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day|year=2008|pages=106–109|publisher=Key Porter Books|location=Toronto|isbn=978-1-55470-086-8|authorlink=Scott Morrison (journalist)}}</ref>
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The Stanley Cup Finals pitted the Rangers against the upstart [[Vancouver Canucks]] who were the seventh seed in the [[Western Conference (NHL)|Western Conference]]. After dropping game one in overtime 3-2, largely due to Canucks' goaltender [[Kirk McLean]]'s 52-save performance, the Rangers came back to win the next three games to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Rangers lost game five in New York and then Game 6 in [[Vancouver]], forcing another seventh game at Madison Square Garden. There, the Rangers would finally prevail. Goals from Leetch, Graves, and Messier beat Vancouver captain [[Trevor Linden]]'s pair of markers and sealed the seventh game with a 3-2 victory, clinching the Rangers' first Stanley Cup win in 54 years. Leetch became the first [[United States|American]]-born player to win the [[Conn Smythe Trophy]], the first non-Canadian to win it, and Messier became the first Ranger captain to hoist the Cup on Garden ice, as well as the first player in NHL history to captain two different teams to a Stanley Cup.
   
In the seventh game, the Rangers took a 2–0 first period lead, with Messier scoring later to put the Rangers up 3–1, the eventual Cup winning goal as the home team won 3–2, becoming the first (and to this date, the only) player to captain two teams to the Stanley Cup. Leetch became the first American-born player to win the [[Conn Smythe Trophy]]. [[Alexander Karpovtsev]], [[Alexei Kovalev]], [[Sergei Nemchinov]], and [[Sergei Zubov]] became the first Russians to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.
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=== 1994-2004: expensive acquisitions ===
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Despite having coached the Rangers to a regular season first place finish and the Stanley Cup, head coach Mike Keenan left after a dispute with General Manager Neil Smith. During the [[1994-95 NHL season|1994-95]] lockout shortened season, the Rangers struggled to find their form and lost in the second round of the playoffs. They snuck in with the 8th seed and defeated Quebec in the first round, but they were swept by Philadelphia in the 2nd round. Succeeding Rangers coach [[Colin Campbell]] orchestrated a deal that sent Sergei Zubov and center [[Petr Nedvěd|Petr Nedved]] to Pittsburgh in exchange for defenceman [[Ulf Samuelsson]] and left winger [[Luc Robitaille]] in the summer of 1995.
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[[Image:Wgretz.jpg|thumb|right|[[Wayne Gretzky]] in a New York Rangers uniform in 1997]]
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The Rangers landed an aging [[Wayne Gretzky]] in 1996, but even with The Great One, they would fizzle out. Their 1994 stars were aging and many retired or dropped off in performance. Gretzky's greatest accomplishment was leading them to the 1997 Eastern Conference finals, where they lost 4-1 to the [[Eric Lindros]]-led Philadelphia Flyers. After General Manager [[Neil Smith (ice hockey)|Neil Smith]] ran Messier, a former Oiler teammate of Gretzky's, out of town in the summer of 1997 and failed in a bid to replace him with [[Colorado Avalanche]] superstar [[Joe Sakic]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeyrodent.com/RODENTVE.HTM | title=The Curse | author=The Hockey Rodent | date=[[2004-02-09]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> the Rangers began a streak of seven seasons without making the playoffs, despite routinely having the highest payroll in the league.
   
===1994–2004: expensive acquisitions===
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In March 2000, Smith was fired along with head coach [[John Muckler]], and that summer [[James Dolan]] hired [[Glen Sather]] to replace him.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/05/31/archive/main201175.shtml | title=Rangers Hire Sather | publisher=[[Associated Press]] | date=[[2000-05-31]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> By the end of the [[2000-01 NHL season|2000-01 season]], the Rangers had landed a lot of star power. [[Theoren Fleury]] joined the Rangers after spending most of his career with the [[Calgary Flames]],<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.canoe.ca/HockeyColoradoArchive/jul8_fle.html | title=Theo Fleury signs with Rangers | publisher=[[Associated Press]] | date=[[1999-07-08]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> and [[Eric Lindros]] was traded to the Rangers from the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] for [[Kim Johnsson]], [[Jan Hlavac]], and [[Pavel Brendl]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/news/2001/08/24/lindros_rangers_ap/ | title=Lindros joins Rangers nine years after first trade | publisher=[[Associated Press]] | date=[[2001-08-24]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> The Rangers also acquired [[Pavel Bure]] late in the [[2001-02 NHL season|2001-02 season]] from the [[Florida Panthers]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/stories/2002-03-18-bure.htm | title=Panthers trade Pavel Bure to Rangers | last=Allen | first=Kevin | publisher=[[USA Today]] | date=[[2002-03-19]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> It was the rookie season of goalie [[Dan Blackburn]], who made the [[NHL All-Rookie Team]] even as the Rangers fell back to last place in the conference.<ref>{{cite press release|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=615 | title=Dan Blackburn Selected to 2001-02 NHL All-Rookie Team | publisher=New York Rangers | date=[[2002-06-20]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> Despite these high-priced acquisitions the Rangers still finished out of the playoffs. Later years saw other stars such as [[Alexei Kovalev]], [[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]], [[Anson Carter]] and [[Bobby Holik]], as well as a growing [[Jamie Lundmark]] added, but in [[2002-03 NHL season|2002-03]] and [[2003-04 NHL season|2003-04]], the team again missed the playoffs. Blackburn started strongly in 2002-03, but burned out after 17 games. He missed 2003-04 due to mononucleosis and a damaged nerve in his left shoulder. Blackburn could not rehabilitate the damaged nerve, and was forced to retire prematurely.<ref>{{cite press release|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=1730 | title=Dan Blackburn to Retire | publisher=New York Rangers | date=[[2005-05-25]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref>
[[File:Wgretz edit2.jpg|thumb|[[Wayne Gretzky]] as a Ranger in 1997]]
 
Despite having coached the Rangers to a regular season first place finish and the Stanley Cup, head coach Mike Keenan left after a dispute with General Manager [[Neil Smith (ice hockey)|Neil Smith]]. During the [[1994–95 NHL season|1994–95]] lockout-shortened season, the Rangers lost in the second round of the playoffs with succeeding head coach [[Colin Campbell (ice hockey executive)|Colin Campbell]]. General Manager Neil Smith orchestrated a deal that sent Sergei Zubov and center [[Petr Nedvěd|Petr Nedved]] to Pittsburgh in exchange for defenseman [[Ulf Samuelsson]] and left winger [[Luc Robitaille]] in the summer of 1995.
 
   
The Rangers acquired [[Wayne Gretzky]] in 1996. Gretzky's greatest accomplishment with the Rangers was leading them to the [[1997 Stanley Cup playoffs#Eastern Conference 2|1997 Eastern Conference finals]], where they lost 4–1 to the [[Eric Lindros]]-led [[Philadelphia Flyers]]. Messier, a former Oiler teammate of Gretzky's, left in the summer of 1997 and the team failed in a bid to replace him with [[Colorado Avalanche]] superstar [[Joe Sakic]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeyrodent.com/RODENTVE.HTM | title=The Curse | author=The Hockey Rodent | date=2004-02-09 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref>
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===2005-present: post lockout success===
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Towards the end of the 2003-04 season Sather finally gave in to a rebuilding process by trading away Leetch, Kovalev, and eight others for numerous prospects and draft picks. With the retirements of Bure and Messier and Lindros signing with the Maple Leafs, the post-lockout Rangers, under new head coach [[Tom Renney]], moved away from high-priced veterans towards a group of talented young players, such as [[Petr Průcha|Petr Prucha]], [[Dominic Moore]], and [[Blair Betts]]. However, the focus of the team remained on veteran superstar [[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]]. The Rangers were expected to struggle during the [[2005-06 NHL season|2005-06 season]] for their eighth consecutive season out of the postseason. For example, ''Sports Illustrated'' declared them the worst team in the league in their season preview,<ref>{{citation|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/specials/preview/2005/scouting.reports/rangers.html | title=Sports Illustrated's NHL Preview - New York Rangers | last=Kennedy | first=Kostya | newspaper=Sports Illustrated | date=2005-10-03 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> but behind stellar performances by Swedish rookie goaltender [[Henrik Lundqvist]], [[Martin Straka]], Prucha, and Jagr, the Rangers finished the season with their best record since 1993-94 (44-26-12).
   
In March 2000, Smith was fired along with head coach [[John Muckler]], and, that summer, [[James L. Dolan|James Dolan]] hired [[Glen Sather]] to replace him.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/05/31/archive/main201175.shtml | title=Rangers Hire Sather | agency=Associated Press | date=2000-05-31 | accessdate=2007-08-08 | work=CBS News}}</ref> By the end of the [[2000–01 NHL season|2000–01 season]], the Rangers had landed a lot of star power. Mark Messier had returned to New York, [[Theoren Fleury]] joined the Rangers after spending most of his career with the [[Calgary Flames]],<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.canoe.ca/HockeyColoradoArchive/jul8_fle.html | title=Theo Fleury signs with Rangers | agency=Associated Press | date=1999-07-08 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> and Eric Lindros was traded to the Rangers by the Flyers.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/news/2001/08/24/lindros_rangers_ap/ | title=Lindros joins Rangers nine years after first trade | agency=Associated Press | date=2001-08-24 | accessdate=2007-08-08 | work=CNN}}</ref> The Rangers also acquired [[Pavel Bure]] late in the [[2001–02 NHL season|2001–02 season]] from the [[Florida Panthers]].<ref>{{Cite news|url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/stories/2002-03-18-bure.htm | title=Panthers trade Pavel Bure to Rangers | last=Allen | first=Kevin |work=USA Today | date=2002-03-19 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> It was the rookie season of goalie [[Dan Blackburn]], who made the [[NHL All-Rookie Team]] even as the Rangers fell back to last place in the conference,<ref>{{cite press release|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=615 | title=Dan Blackburn Selected to 2001–02 NHL All-Rookie Team | publisher=New York Rangers | date=2002-06-20 | accessdate=2012-01-05 | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20060509035518/http://www.nyrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=615 | archivedate=2006-05-09}}</ref> and finished out of the playoffs. Later years saw other stars such as [[Alexei Kovalev]], [[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]], [[Martin Rucinsky]] and [[Bobby Holik]] added, but in [[2002–03 NHL season|2002–03]] and [[2003–04 NHL season|2003–04]], the team again missed the playoffs. Blackburn started strongly in 2002–03, but burned out after 17 games. He missed 2003–04 due to [[Infectious mononucleosis|mononucleosis]] and a damaged nerve in his left [[shoulder]]. Blackburn could not rehabilitate the damaged nerve, and was forced to retire at age 22.<ref>{{cite press release|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=1730 | title=Dan Blackburn to Retire | publisher=New York Rangers | date=2005-05-25 | accessdate=2012-01-05 | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20060509044805/http://www.nyrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=1730 | archivedate=2006-05-09}}</ref>
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Jaromir Jagr broke the Rangers' single-season points record with a first-period assist in a 5-1 win against the [[New York Islanders]] on March 29, [[2006]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/boxscore_archive.asp?BoxScore=boxscore_03292006.asp | title=Box Score - Rangers 5, Islanders 1 | date=2006-03-29 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> The assist gave him 110 points on the season, breaking [[Jean Ratelle]]'s record.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=960&gametype=Post | title=Game Notes - Rangers 5, Islanders 1 | date=2006-03-29 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> Less than two weeks later, on April 8, Jagr scored his 53rd goal of the season against the [[Boston Bruins]], breaking the club record previously held by [[Adam Graves]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=968&gametype=Post | title=Game Notes - Rangers 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT) | date=2006-04-08 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> Two games prior, on April 4, the Rangers defeated the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] 3-2, in a shootout, to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the [[1996-97 NHL season|1996-97 season]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=964&gametype=Post | title=Game Notes - Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (SO) | date=2006-04-04 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> On April 18, the Rangers lost to the [[Ottawa Senators]] 5-1, and, due to wins by division rivals [[New Jersey Devils]] and [[Philadelphia Flyers]], the Rangers fell back to third place in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the [[Eastern Conference]] to end the season.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=978&gametype=Post | title=Game Notes - Rangers 1, Ottawa Senators 5 | date=2006-04-18 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> In the [[2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Eastern Conference Quarterfinals]] the Rangers drew a matchup with the Devils and were defeated in a four-game sweep. In the process they were outscored 17-4, as New Jersey netminder [[Martin Brodeur]] took two shutouts and a 1.00 [[goals-against average]] to Lundqvist's 4.25. In the first game of the series Jagr suffered an undisclosed injury to his left shoulder, diminishing his usefulness as the series went on. Jagr missed Game 2 of the series and was back in the lineup for game 3. He was held to 1 shot on net. On his first shift of Game 4, Jagr re-injured his shoulder and was unable to return.
   
===2005–2013: post-lockout revival===
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Jagr fell two points short of winning his sixth [[Art Ross Trophy]] as scoring champion in 2005-06 (the [[San Jose Sharks]]' [[Joe Thornton]] claimed the award, his first, with 125 points), but Jagr did win his third [[Pearson Award]] as the players' choice for the most outstanding player. He has thus tied [[Guy Lafleur]] in third, and needs one more to tie his ex-centerman, [[Mario Lemieux]], in second and two more to tie [[Wayne Gretzky]] in first for times receiving the Pearson Award. On opening night of the [[2006-07 NHL season|2006-07 season]], Jagr was named the first team captain since Messier's retirement.<ref>{{cite press release|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2317 | title= Jagr named 24th captain in Rangers history | publisher=New York Rangers | date=[[2006-10-05]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref>
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Towards the end of the 2003–04 season Sather finally gave in to a rebuilding process by trading away Leetch, Kovalev, and eight others for numerous prospects and draft picks. With the retirements of Bure and Messier as well as Lindros signing with the Maple Leafs, the post-lockout Rangers, under new head coach [[Tom Renney]], moved away from high-priced veterans towards a group of talented young players, such as [[Petr Průcha|Petr Prucha]], [[Dominic Moore]], and [[Blair Betts]]. However, the focus of the team remained on veteran superstar [[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]]. The Rangers were expected to struggle during the [[2005–06 NHL season|2005–06 season]] for their eighth consecutive season out of the postseason. For example, ''[[Sports Illustrated]]'' declared them the worst team in the league in their season preview,<ref>{{Cite news|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/specials/preview/2005/scouting.reports/rangers.html | title=Sports Illustrated's NHL Preview – New York Rangers | last=Kennedy | first=Kostya | newspaper=[[Sports Illustrated]] | date=2005-10-03 | accessdate=2007-08-08|postscript=<!--None-->}}</ref> but behind stellar performances by Swedish rookie goaltender [[Henrik Lundqvist]], [[Martin Straka]], Prucha, and Jagr, the Rangers finished the season with their best record since 1993–94 (44–26–12).
 
   
Jaromir Jagr broke the Rangers' single-season points record with a first-period assist in a 5–1 win against the [[New York Islanders]] on March 29, 2006.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/boxscore_archive.asp?BoxScore=boxscore_03292006.asp | title=Box Score – Rangers 5, Islanders 1 | date=2006-03-29 | accessdate=2007-08-08 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070417102804/http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/boxscore_archive.asp?BoxScore=boxscore_03292006.asp <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-04-17}}</ref> The assist gave him 110 points on the season, breaking [[Jean Ratelle]]'s record.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=960&gametype=Post | title=Game Notes – Rangers 5, Islanders 1 | date=2006-03-29 | accessdate=2007-08-08 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070929095546/http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=960&gametype=Post <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-09-29}}</ref> Less than two weeks later, on April 8, Jagr scored his 53rd goal of the season against the [[Boston Bruins]], breaking the club record previously held by [[Adam Graves]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=968&gametype=Post | title=Game Notes – Rangers 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT) | date=2006-04-08 | accessdate=2007-08-08 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070926222646/http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=968&gametype=Post <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-09-26}}</ref> Two games prior, on April 4, the Rangers defeated the [[Philadelphia Flyers]] 3–2, in a shootout, to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the [[1996–97 NHL season|1996–97 season]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=964&gametype=Post | title=Game Notes – Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (SO) | date=2006-04-04 | accessdate=2007-08-08 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070929083446/http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=964&gametype=Post <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-09-29}}</ref> On April 18, the Rangers lost to the [[Ottawa Senators]] 5–1, and, due to wins by division rivals [[New Jersey Devils]] and [[Philadelphia Flyers]], the Rangers fell back to third place in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the [[Eastern Conference (NHL)|Eastern Conference]] to end the season.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=978&gametype=Post | title=Game Notes – Rangers 1, Ottawa Senators 5 | date=2006-04-18 | accessdate=2007-08-08 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070929082838/http://www.newyorkrangers.com/gametime/gamenotes.asp?id=978&gametype=Post <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-09-29}}</ref> In the [[2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs|Eastern Conference Quarterfinals]] the Rangers drew a matchup with the Devils and were defeated in a four-game sweep. In the process they were outscored 17–4, as New Jersey net-minder [[Martin Brodeur]] took two shutouts and a 1.00 [[goals-against average]] to Lundqvist's 4.25. In the first game of the series Jagr suffered an undisclosed injury to his left shoulder, diminishing his usefulness as the series went on. Jagr missed game two of the series and was back in the lineup for game three. He was held to one shot on goal. On his first shift of game four, Jagr re-injured his shoulder and was unable to return.
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With the Rangers doing so well in 2005-06, expectations were raised for the 2006-07 season, evidenced by Sports Illustrated then predicting the Rangers would finish first in their division.<ref>{{citation|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/hockey/nhl/specials/preview/2006/09/25/nhl.atlantic/index.html | title=SI's 2006-07 NHL Preview: Atlantic Division | newspaper=[[Sports Illustrated]] | date=[[2006-09-25]] | accessdate=[[2007-08-08]]}}</ref> Realizing that the team had trouble scoring goals in the 2005-06 campaign, the Rangers went out and signed long-time [[Detroit Red Wings|Red Wing]] [[Brendan Shanahan]] to a one-year contract. However, the organization remains committed to its rebuilding program despite the signing of the 37-year-old winger.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ordinaryleastsquare.typepad.com/blueshirtbulletin/2007/07/rangers-rebuild.html | title=Rangers Rebuild While Winning | last=Silverstein | first=Dubi | publisher=Blueshirt Bulletin | date=[[2007-07-27]] | accessdate=2007-08-08|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20070927141243/http://ordinaryleastsquare.typepad.com/blueshirtbulletin/2007/07/rangers-rebuild.html|archivedate=2007-09-27}}</ref>
   
Jagr fell two points short of winning his sixth [[Art Ross Trophy]] as scoring champion in 2005–06 (the [[San Jose Sharks]]' [[Joe Thornton]] claimed the award, his first, with 125 points), but Jagr did win his third [[Ted Lindsay Award|Pearson Award]] as the players' choice for the most outstanding player. On opening night of the [[2006–07 NHL season|2006–07 season]], Jagr was named the first team captain since Messier's retirement.<ref>{{cite press release|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2317 | title= Jagr named 24th captain in Rangers history | publisher=New York Rangers | date=2006-10-05 | accessdate=2012-01-05 | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20061125170904/http://www.nyrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2317 | archivedate=2006-11-25}}</ref>
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Though the Rangers started a bit slow in the first half of the 2006-07 season, the second half was dominated by the stellar goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist. The acquisition of [[Sean Avery]] brought new life to the team, and the Rangers finished ahead of [[Tampa Bay Lightning|Tampa Bay]] and the [[New York Islanders|Islanders]] to face [[Atlanta Thrashers|Atlanta]] in the first round of the [[2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs|playoffs]]. The Rangers swept the series thanks to play from all around the ice. However, the Rangers lost the next round to [[Buffalo Sabres|Buffalo]] four games to two in a hard-fought series.
   
With the Rangers doing so well in 2005–06, expectations were raised for the [[2006–07 NHL season|2006–07 season]], evidenced by ''[[Sports Illustrated]]'' then predicting the Rangers would finish first in their division.<ref>{{Cite news|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/hockey/nhl/specials/preview/2006/09/25/nhl.atlantic/index.html | title=SI's 2006–07 NHL Preview: Atlantic Division | newspaper=[[Sports Illustrated]] | date=2006-09-25 | accessdate=2007-08-08|postscript=<!--None-->}}</ref> Realizing that the team had trouble scoring goals in the 2005–06 campaign, the Rangers went out and signed long-time [[Detroit Red Wings|Red Wing]] [[Brendan Shanahan]] to a one-year contract. However, the organization remained committed to its rebuilding program despite the signing of the 37-year-old left winger.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ordinaryleastsquare.typepad.com/blueshirtbulletin/2007/07/rangers-rebuild.html | title=Rangers Rebuild While Winning | last=Silverstein | first=Dubi | publisher=Blueshirt Bulletin | date=2007-07-27 | accessdate=2007-08-08}}{{dead link|date=June 2011}}</ref>
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At the [[2007 NHL Entry Draft]], the Rangers chose [[Alexei Cherepanov]] 17th overall. Cherepanov had been ranked by Central Scouting as the number one European skater and was considered to be a top five pick leading up to the draft, but fell due to teams being unsure whether he would ever come to the NHL from Russia.<ref>{{cite news| url=http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070627/SPORTS01/706270387/1046/SPORTS0107 | title=Rangers have high hopes for top pick Cherepanov | first=Sam | last=Weinman | publisher=''[[The Journal News]]'' | date=[[2007-06-27]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> The 2007 free agency season started with a bang for the Rangers signing two high profile centerman, [[Scott Gomez]] from the New Jersey Devils for a seven year, $51.5 million dollar contract as well as [[Chris Drury]] from the Buffalo Sabres for a five year deal worth $32.25 million.<ref>{{cite news| url=http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070702/SPORTS01/707020347/1046/SPORTS0107 | title=Rangers sign top tier centers Drury, Gomez | first=Sam | last=Weinman | publisher=''[[The Journal News]]'' | date=[[2007-07-02]] | accessdate=2007-08-08}}</ref> The moves, along with retaining most other key players, have been met favorably as the Rangers appear to be strong Stanley Cup contenders.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.nysun.com/article/60665 | title=Peca Would Complete Renovation of Ranger Offense | publisher=''[[The New York Sun]]'' | last=Greenstein | first=Kevin | date=[[2007-08-16]] | accessdate=2007-08-16}}</ref>
   
Though the Rangers started a bit slow in the first half of the 2006–07 season, the second half was dominated by the stellar goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist. The acquisition of [[Sean Avery]] brought new life to the team, and the Rangers finished ahead of [[Tampa Bay Lightning|Tampa Bay]] and the [[New York Islanders|Islanders]] to face [[Atlanta Thrashers|Atlanta]] in the first round of the [[2007 Stanley Cup playoffs|playoffs]]. The Rangers swept the series thanks to play from all around the ice. However, the Rangers lost the next round to [[Buffalo Sabres|Buffalo]] four games to two.
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==Season-by-season record==
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''This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Rangers. For the full season-by-season history, see [[New York Rangers seasons]]''
   
At the [[2007 NHL Entry Draft]], the Rangers chose [[Alexei Cherepanov]] 17th overall. Cherepanov had been ranked by Central Scouting as the number one European skater and was considered to be a top five pick leading up to the draft, but fell due to teams being unsure whether he would ever come to the NHL from Russia.<ref>{{Cite news| url=http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070627/SPORTS01/706270387/1046/SPORTS0107 | title=Rangers have high hopes for top pick Cherepanov | first=Sam | last=Weinman |work=[[The Journal News]] | date=2007-06-27 | accessdate=2007-08-08}} {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref> The 2007 free agency season started with a bang for the Rangers signing two high profile centerman, [[Scott Gomez]] from the New Jersey Devils for a seven-year, $51.5 million contract as well as [[Chris Drury]] from the Buffalo Sabres for a five-year deal worth $32.25 million.<ref>{{Cite news| url=http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070702/SPORTS01/707020347/1046/SPORTS0107 | title=Rangers sign top tier centers Drury, Gomez | first=Sam | last=Weinman |work=[[The Journal News]] | date=2007-07-02 | accessdate=2007-08-08}} {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref> The moves, along with retaining most other key players, have been met favorably as the Rangers appeared to be strong Stanley Cup contenders,<ref>{{Cite news|url=http://www.nysun.com/article/60665 | title=Peca Would Complete Renovation of Ranger Offense |work=[[The New York Sun]] | last=Greenstein | first=Kevin | date=2007-08-16 | accessdate=2007-08-16}}</ref> making the playoffs for the third consecutive season and the second round for the second season in a row. Despite these streaks, the Rangers failed to meet expectations as they lost their second round series 4–1 to the [[Pittsburgh Penguins]].
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'''''Note:''' GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes''
   
The New York Rangers were one of four NHL teams to open their 2008–09 season in Europe, being featured in the [[Victoria Cup (ice hockey)|Victoria Cup]] final, defeating the European Champions Cup winner Metallurg Magnitogorsk, in Bern, Switzerland. The Rangers followed by playing two NHL regular-season games against the [[Tampa Bay Lightning]] team in [[Prague]] on October 4 and 5, winning both games 2–1. A successful early start was tempered with the news of the death of 2007 first round draft choice [[Alexei Cherepanov]] on October 13, 2008.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/11062008/sports/rangers/rangers_seek_pick_for_late_prospect_137397.htm|title=Rangers Seek Pick for Late Prospect Cherpanov|date=November 6, 2008|first=Larry|last=Brooks|work=New York Post|accessdate=2009-07-24}}</ref> After a disappointing 2nd half of the season, coach Tom Renney was fired and [[John Tortorella]] named as his replacement.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.pjstar.com/sports/x898854922/Reeling-New-York-Rangers-fire-coach|title= NHL notes: Renney rendered by Rangers|date=2009-02-23|work=Journal Star news services |accessdate=2011-01-06}}</ref> The Rangers made the playoffs, but lost their opening round series to the [[Washington Capitals]] four games to three after having a 3–1 lead and a chance to close the series.
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<small> ''Records as of [[May 6]], [[2007]]'' <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=48 | title=The Internet Hockey Database - New York Rangers | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref></small>
   
In the 2009–2010 season, the Rangers failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 5 years. There was some criticism that the off-season acquisition of superstar [[Marian Gaborik]] amongst other top tier players had not paid off. Gaborik, however, scored 42 goals in the season. In spite of an impressive start (8–2), the Rangers appeared to play inconsistently with numerous losing streaks. By March 2010, the Rangers were in danger of falling out of the playoff race entirely, but they registered a respectable 7–1–2 record to finish the season. The final 2 games of the season were a home and home versus the [[Philadelphia Flyers]]. The first was April 9, 2010 in New York. The Rangers skated away with the victory keeping their hopes alive. The final game of the season would become the deciding game to see who would make the playoffs. The Flyers peppered the Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 47 shots, but only scored once. The game would then go into a shootout seeing the Flyers prevail to move on to the post season, despite a strong finish to the season by the Rangers.
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| [[2001-02 NHL season|2001-02]] || 82 || 36 || 38 || 4 || 4 || 80 || 227 || 258 || 1753 || 4th in Atlantic || Did not qualify
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| [[2002-03 NHL season|2002-03]] || 82 || 32 || 36 || 10 || 4 || 78 || 210 || 231 || 1308 || 4th in Atlantic || Did not qualify
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| [[2003-04 NHL season|2003-04]] || 82 || 27 || 40 || 7 || 8 || 69 || 206 || 250 || 1459 || 4th in Atlantic || Did not qualify
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| [[2005-06 NHL season|2005-06]]<sup>1</sup> || 82 || 44 || 26 || — || 12 || 100 || 257 || 215 || 1194 || 3rd in Atlantic || Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 ([[New Jersey Devils|Devils]])
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| [[2006-07 NHL season|2006-07]] || 82 || 42 || 30 || — || 10 || 94 || 242 || 216 || 1107 || 3rd in Atlantic || Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-4 ([[Buffalo Sabres|Sabres]])
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For the 2010–2011 season, the Rangers waived Wade Redden and brought in several players to get more balanced scoring. They wore a third jersey for the first time in several years. On Friday, November 12 the Rangers unveiled the new Heritage Jersey for the first time at the rink at Rockefeller Center in a special ceremony. The event featured Rangers alumni and current players discussing the history of the storied franchise. The club wore the jersey for the first time on Wednesday, November 17 when they played the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. The jersey will be worn every time the Rangers play an Original Six team or on a Sunday afternoon game at home. The Rangers' fate of making or missing the playoffs would come down to the final day of the regular season for the second straight year. The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils on the final day of the season to finish with 93 points. In order to qualify for the playoffs, they would need the Carolina Hurricanes to lose their final game of the season as Carolina owned the tiebreaker had both teams finished with the same number of points. Carolina lost its final game to Tampa Bay by a 6–2 score, putting the Rangers in the playoffs after missing them in 2010. The Rangers would go on to face the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. After blowing a 3–0 third period lead in game 4 with Washington ahead in the best of seven series 2–1, the Rangers would go on to lose the series in 5 games. It was the second time in three years that the Capitals eliminated the Rangers from the playoffs.
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:<sup>1</sup> <small>As of the [[2005-06 NHL season]], all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes shootout losses.</small>
   
On May 13, 2011, [[Derek Boogaard]], a player whom the Rangers signed for four years, was found dead in his [[Minnesota]] apartment.<ref name="http://ca.news.yahoo.com/york-rangers-forward-derek-boogaard-dead-28-025813197.html">{{cite web | url=http://ca.news.yahoo.com/york-rangers-forward-derek-boogaard-dead-28-025813197.html | title=New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard found dead at 28 | accessdate=May 16, 2011}}</ref> On July 2, 2011, [[Brad Richards]], a free agent who had played with the [[Dallas Stars]] during the prior season, signed a nine-year, $60 million contract to play for the Rangers.<ref name="http://nypostonline.com/p/sports/rangers/rangers_sign_richards_for_itM1BhegVldhoWKStLQHWJ">{{cite news | url=http://nypostonline.com/p/sports/rangers/rangers_sign_richards_for_itM1BhegVldhoWKStLQHWJ | title=Rangers sign Richards to nine-year, $58.5M contract | date=2011-07-02 | first=Larry | last=Brooks | work=New York Post | accessdate=2011-10-25}}</ref>
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==Notable players==
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===Current roster===
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<small>As of November 20, [[2007-08 NHL season|2007]]. [http://www.newyorkrangers.com/team/roster.asp]</small>
   
On September 12, 2011, [[Ryan Callahan]] was named the 26th Captain in New York Rangers history. He was the 5th youngest captain in team history. [[Brad Richards]] and [[Marc Staal]] were named alternate captains on the same day.
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|Glenview, [[Illinois]]-->
   
In the 2011–12 season, the Rangers finished as the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference. Recording 51 wins, 24 regulation losses and 7 overtime losses, the Rangers finished with 109 points for the regular season. Their leading goal-scorer for the regular season was [[Marián Gáborík|Marian Gaborik]], who finished the season with 41 goals while playing all 82 games. The Rangers lost the [[President's Trophy]] on the final day of the regular season to the [[Vancouver Canucks]] after a 4–1 loss to the [[Washington Capitals]]. In the 1st round of the playoffs, the Rangers faced the 8th-seeded [[Ottawa Senators]]. After falling behind 3–2 in the series, the Rangers bounced back to win game 6 in [[Ottawa]], as well as the pivotal game 7 at home, propelling them to the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. In the Semi-finals, the Rangers faced the [[Washington Capitals]]. In game 3, Marian Gaborik received a pass from Brad Richards to seal a victory 14:41 into the third overtime, giving the Rangers a 2–1 lead in the series. Washington then came back to tie the series 2–2 in game 4. The Rangers avoided going down 3–2 in the series when Brad Richards tied game 5, 2–2 with just 6.6 seconds left in the 3rd period. The goal was scored on a power-play as a result of a high-sticking double-minor committed by Washington's [[Joel Ward (ice hockey)|Joel Ward]] on Rangers' forward [[Carl Hagelin]]. Then in overtime, Rangers' defenseman [[Marc Staal]] scored on the second penalty of the double-minor just 1:35 into overtime, giving the Rangers a 3–2 series lead. The Rangers went on to win the series 4–3, sending them to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1997. In the Eastern Conference finals, they faced the [[New Jersey Devils]], a major divisional rival. The Rangers lost game 6 in New Jersey, giving the Devils a 4–2 series win and ending the Rangers' season.
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===2013–2014: Return to the Final===
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After the 2011–12 season and during the 2013 season, the Rangers signed [[Aaron Asham]], [[Matt Gilroy]], [[Micheal Haley]], [[Jeff Halpern]], [[Darroll Powe]], and [[Roman Hamrlík|Roman Hamrlik]]. During that offseason, they also traded [[Brandon Dubinsky]], [[Artem Anisimov]], [[Tim Erixon]] and a [[2013 NHL Entry Draft|2013 first round draft pick]] to the the [[Columbus Blue Jackets]] for All-Star [[Rick Nash]], [[Steven Delisle]], and a 2013 conditional third round pick.<ref>{{cite news |title=Nash traded to Rangers in five-player deal |first=Dave |last=Lozo |url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=638429|publisher=NHL.com |date=July 23, 2012 |accessdate=March 9, 2015 |deadurl=no}}</ref> At the trade deadline, the Rangers traded [[Marian Gaborik]] to Columbus for [[Derick Brassard]], [[Derek Dorsett]], and [[John Moore (ice hockey)|John Moore]].<ref>{{cite news |title=Rangers trade Marian Gaborik |first=Katie |last=Strang |url=http://espn.go.com/new-york/nhl/story/_/id/9130225/marian-gaborik-traded-new-york-rangers-columbus-blue-jackets |publisher=ESPNNewYork.com |date=April 3, 2013 |accessdate=March 9, 2015 |deadurl=no}}</ref> After the Rangers were eliminated from the second round of the playoffs by the [[Boston Bruins]], they fired head coach John Tortorella, and on June 21, 2013, Glen Sather formally introduced ex-Canucks head coach [[Alain Vigneault]] as the replacement to John Tortorella, becoming the 35th head coach in franchise history.<ref>{{cite news |title=Rangers hire new coach Vigneault with 5-year deal |first=Ira |last=Podell |url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/nhl/article/20130622033103718540808/ |agency=Associated Press |publisher=CBC.com |date=June 22, 2013 |accessdate=June 9, 2014 |deadurl=no}}</ref> On March 5, 2014, the Rangers traded their captain [[Ryan Callahan]], a 1st round draft pick in the [[2015 NHL Entry Draft]], and a 2nd rounder in the [[2014 NHL Entry Draft]] for the [[Tampa Bay Lightning]]'s captain [[Martin St. Louis]]. This happened after the Rangers and Callahan were unable to reach a contract extension in the days leading up to the deadline. During the regular season, the Rangers won twenty five road games, setting a new franchise best. In the first round of the 2013–14 playoffs, the Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games. In the next round, the Rangers rallied from a 3–1 series deficit for the first time in their history, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games. They defeated the Montreal Canadiens in 6 games to become the Eastern Conference champions and moved on to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years. They faced the [[Los Angeles Kings]], the Western Conference champions. The Rangers led the first 2 games by 2 goals and eventually fell in OT. They had another lead in game 5 but the Rangers lost the game, 3-2 in a second overtime. They lost the series 4 games to 1 to the Los Angeles Kings.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/14/us/stanley-cup-kings/ |title=Los Angeles Kings win Stanley Cup in thriller |publisher=CNN.com |date=2014-06-14 |accessdate=2014-07-08}}</ref>
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On June 20, 2014, a week after their season ended, the Rangers [[Compliance buyout|bought out]] the remaining six years of Brad Richards' contract in order to free up [[NHL salary cap|salary cap space]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/brad-richards-bought-out-by-rangers-1.2682344 |title=Brad Richards bought out by Rangers - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings |publisher=Cbc.ca |date= |accessdate=2014-07-08}}</ref> This move left [[Marc Staal]] and [[Dan Girardi]] as the remaining alternate captains.
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On October 6, 2014, Ryan McDonagh was named the 27th captain in team history, with [[ Derek Stepan]], [[Dan Girardi]], [[Marc Staal]], and [[Martin St. Louis]] serving as the alternate captains.
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The classic Rangers sweater has been in use since the franchise's foundation, with several alterations along the way. The current blue uniform has the serifed word 'Rangers' in red and white drop shadow arranged diagonally, with red and white stripes on the sleeves and tail. Originally the uniform was light blue, before it switched to a darker classic Rangers "Broadway Blue" in 1929. In addition, the original versions neither had a drop shadow nor were serifed. During the 1946–47 NHL season, the word 'Rangers' was arranged in an arch form above the sweater number. It adopted its current form the next season, along with dropshadowed numbers, except for a brief period where the city name was used, a tie-down collar was not used, and the tail and sleeve stripes were separated by thin blue stripes. Red pants have been used with the uniform since the 1929–30 season.<ref name="New York Rangers uniform history">{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/Rangers/Rangers.html | title=New York Rangers uniform history | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-05-10}}</ref>
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The white jerseys were first unveiled in the 1951–52 season, as part of a mandate that regulated NHL teams to have a dark home jersey and a light away jersey. The serifed word 'Rangers' is also arranged diagonally, but in blue with red drop shadow. A quinticolor of blue, white and red stripes accentuate the tail and sleeves, while a blue shoulder yoke with white and red stripes completes the look. The white sweaters, with minor changes such as a tie-down collar and arched player names, have remained virtually unchanged since.<ref name="New York Rangers uniform history" />
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During the tenure of general manager [[John Ferguson, Sr.]], he sought to modernize the Rangers sweater by featuring rounded numbers, a darker shade of blue, and the shield logo, which was unveiled in the 1976–77 season. A blue and red stripe (white and red stripe in the blue sweaters) extend from the yoke to the sleeves, while blue pants were used. However, it proved unpopular with the fans, and following the 1977–78 season it was replaced by an updated version of their classic uniforms. Ferguson used this similar design when he became GM of the [[Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)|original Winnipeg Jets]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/Rangers/Rangers18.html | title=1976–77 New York Rangers uniforms | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-05-10}}</ref>
 
 
The modernized classic uniforms introduced in 1978 featured some subtle changes. Both jerseys featured a V-neck collar in a red-white-red pattern, and bolder stripes on the sleeves and waistline. On the blue jersey, the red and white stripes were separated by thin blue stripes, and the waistline stripes were raised above the hemline, so that the patterns on both jerseys matched. From 1978 to 1987, the blue jersey (then the road jersey) featured "NEW YORK" diagonally across the front instead of the traditional "RANGERS" wordmark, similar to their current heritage alternate jerseys. <ref>{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/Rangers/Rangers20.html | title=1978–87 New York Rangers uniforms | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-06-09}}</ref> In 1997, the Rangers reverted the blue jersey's design, restoring the old striping pattern, and becoming the first team to re-introduce lace-up collars.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/Rangers/Rangers24.html | title=1997–98 New York Rangers uniforms | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-06-09}}</ref> The white jerseys followed suit in 1999,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/Rangers/Rangers26.html | title=1999–2007 New York Rangers uniforms | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-06-09}}</ref> and the design was carried over to the Reebok Edge template in 2007.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/Rangers/Rangers27.html | title=1999–2007 New York Rangers uniforms | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-06-09}}</ref>
 
 
The Rangers currently use a heritage blue alternate jersey, which was unveiled in the 2010–11 season. The front of the sweater features the city name in a sans-serif block lettering and in red with cream trim. The inside of the collar features the franchise's foundation year while retired player numbers are added inside the sweater below the back stripes. Unlike in their regular jerseys, the script is not dropshadowed, while the player name is in cream and in a different, almost horizontal, arch form. These third jerseys are currently worn when the Rangers play home games on Saturdays or against [[Original Six]] teams.<ref name="New York Rangers uniform history" />
 
 
The Rangers previously had a navy alternate jersey featuring the head of the [[Statue of Liberty]] with the team abbreviation (NYR) below in a futuristic script. Silver was used as an accent color, but the player names and numbers retain the same color schemes as the regular jerseys, except for a darker shade of blue. With the exception of a white version used in the 1998–99 season, this jersey was used from 1996–2007, and proved to be highly popular with fans.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/Rangers/Rangers23.html | title=1996–97 New York Rangers uniforms | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-05-10}}</ref>
 
 
In the [[2012 NHL Winter Classic]], the Rangers wore a cream jersey combining classic and current styles. A different version of the shield logo was used, while the player names were arranged in a straight line. The stripes were also lessened, giving it a minimalist, vintage look, as most Classic jerseys are. <ref>{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/2011-12/Rangers.html | title=2011–12 New York Rangers uniforms | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-05-10}}</ref>
 
 
For the [[2014 NHL Stadium Series]], the Rangers used white jerseys with the city name in navy, silver, and red. In addition, they feature diagonal stripes and sleeve numbers, and enlarged numbers on the back to make them more readable to spectators. The chrome version of the shield logo is placed in the left shoulder. Like the Winter Classic sweaters, player names are in a straight position.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://nhluniforms.com/2013-14/Rangers.html | title=2013–14 New York Rangers uniforms | publisher=The (unofficial) NHL Uniform Database | accessdate=2014-05-10}}</ref>
 
 
==Season-by-season record==
 
{{Further|List of New York Rangers seasons}}
 
 
''This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Rangers. For the full season-by-season history, see [[List of New York Rangers seasons]].''
 
 
'''''Note:''' GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against''
 
 
<small> Records as of April 27, 2013 </small>
 
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
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| '''Season''' || '''GP''' || '''W''' || '''L''' || '''OTL''' || '''Pts''' || '''GF''' || '''GA''' || '''Finish''' || '''Playoffs'''
 
|-
 
| [[2009–10 NHL season|2009–10]] || 82 || 38 || 33 || 11 || 87 || 222 || 217 || 4th, Atlantic || Did not qualify
 
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| [[2010–11 NHL season|2010–11]] || 82 || 44 || 33 || 5 || 93 || 233 || 198 || 3rd, Atlantic || Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1–4 ([[Washington Capitals|Capitals]])
 
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| [[2011–12 NHL season|2011–12]] || 82 || 51 || 24 || 7 || 109 || 226 || 187 || 1st, Atlantic || Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 ([[New Jersey Devils|Devils]])
 
|- style="background:#eee;"
 
| [[2012–13 NHL season|2012–13]] || 48 || 26 || 18 || 4 || 56 || 130 || 112 || 2nd, Atlantic || Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 ([[Boston Bruins|Bruins]])
 
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| [[2013–14 NHL season|2013–14]] || 82 || 45 || 31 || 6 || 96 || 218 || 194 || 2nd, Metropolitan || Lost in Stanley Cup finals, 1&ndash;4 ([[Los Angeles Kings|Kings]])
 
 
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==Players==
 
   
===Current roster===
 
{{New York Rangers roster}}
 
   
===Retired numbers===
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The Rangers have retired eight numbers, for nine players, in their history. 99 ([[Wayne Gretzky]]) was retired by the NHL in 2000, who finished his career here.
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|align=center|'''16'''
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|[[Sean Avery]]
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|align=center|LW/C
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|align=center|L
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|align=center|[[2006-07 NHL season|2007]]
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|Pickering, [[Ontario]]
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|align=center|'''17'''
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|align=center|{{flagicon|USA}}
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|[[Brandon Dubinsky]]
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|align=center|C
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|align=center|L
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|align=center|[[2004 NHL Entry Draft|2004]]
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|Anchorage, [[Alaska]]<!--
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|align=center|'''18'''
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|[[Alex Bourret]]
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|align=center|RW
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|align=center|L
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|align=center|[[2006-07 NHL season|2007]]
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|Drummondville, [[Quebec]]-->
   
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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! style="width:150px;" |Date No. Retired
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| '''1'''|| [[Eddie Giacomin]] || [[Goaltender|G]] || 1965–76 || March 15, 1989
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| '''2'''|| [[Brian Leetch]] || [[Defenceman|D]] || 1987–2004 || January 24, 2008 <ref>{{Cite news| url=http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2007/09/06/2007-09-06_leetchs_number_headed_for_garden_rafters.html | title=Leetch's number headed for Garden rafters |work=New York Daily News | last=Dellapina | first=John | date=2007-09-06 | accessdate=2007-12-04}}</ref>
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|[[Chris Drury]] &ndash; '''A'''
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| '''3'''|| [[Harry Howell (ice hockey)|Harry Howell]] || [[Defenceman|D]] || 1952–69 || February 22, 2009 <ref name="Howell Bathgate">[http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3927005 "Rangers raise No. 3, No. 9 to rafters"], ESPN, 22 February 2009</ref>
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| '''7'''|| [[Rod Gilbert]] || [[Winger (ice hockey)|RW]] || 1960–78 || October 14, 1979
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|Trumbull, [[Connecticut]]
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| '''9''' <sup>1</sup> || [[Andy Bathgate]] || [[Center (ice hockey)|C]] || 1954–64 || February 22, 2009 <ref name="Howell Bathgate" />
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| '''9''' <sup>1</sup> || [[Adam Graves]] || [[Winger (ice hockey)|LW]] || 1991–2001 || February 3, 2009 <ref>[http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/rangers/2009-02-03-graves_N.htm "Rangers retire Adam Graves' No. 9 jersey"], USA Today, 4 February 2009</ref>
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|[[Ryan Callahan]] <small>([[Injured reserve|IR]])</small>
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| '''11'''|| [[Mark Messier]] || [[Center (ice hockey)|C]] || 1991–97, 2000–04 || January 12, 2006 <ref>{{cite news| url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2290368 | title=Rangers hoist Messier's No. 11 to Garden rafters | agency=Associated Press | date=2006-01-13 | accessdate=2007-12-04}}</ref>
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| '''35'''|| [[Mike Richter]] || [[Goaltender|G]] || 1990–2003 || February 4, 2004<ref>{{cite news| url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=1727442 | title=Goalie won 301 games with New York | agency=Associated Press | date=2004-02-05 | accessdate=2007-12-04}}</ref>
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|Rochester, [[New York]]
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===[[Hockey Hall of Fame|Hall-of-Famers]]===
* <sup>1</sup> The number was retired in honor of two different players.
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'''Players'''
 
===Hall-of-Famers ([[Hockey Hall of Fame]])===
 
 
====Players====
 
 
<div style="float:left; width:48%;">
 
<div style="float:left; width:48%;">
*[[Glenn Anderson]], RW, 1994, inducted 2008
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*[[Andy Bathgate]], C, 1952-63, inducted 1978
*[[Andy Bathgate]], RW, 1952–63, inducted 1978
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*[[Doug Bentley]], LW, 1953-54, inducted 1964
*[[Doug Bentley]], LW, 1953–54, inducted 1964
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*[[Max Bentley]], C, 1953,54, inducted 1966
*[[Max Bentley]], C, 1953–54, inducted 1966
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*[[Frank Boucher]], C, 1926-44, inducted 1958
*[[Frank Boucher]], C, 1926–44, inducted 1958
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*[[Johnny Bower]], G,53-54, inducted 1976
*[[Johnny Bower]], G, 1953–54, inducted 1976
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*[[Neil Colville]], C, 1936-49, inducted 1967
*[[Pavel Bure]], RW, 2002–03, inducted 2012
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*[[Bill Cook]], RW, 1926-37, inducted 1952
*[[Neil Colville]], C, 1936–49, inducted 1967
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*[[Bun Cook]], LW, 1926-36, inducted 1995
*[[Bill Cook]], RW, 1926–37, inducted 1952
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*[[Art Coulter]], D, 1935-42, inducted 1974
*[[Bun Cook]], LW, 1926–36, inducted 1995
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*[[Dick Duff]], LW, 1964-65, inducted 2006
*[[Art Coulter]], D, 1935–42, inducted 1974
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*[[Phil Esposito]], C, 1975-81, inducted 1984
*[[Marcel Dionne]], C, 1986–89, inducted 1992
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*[[Marcel Dionne]], LW, 1986-89, inducted 1992
*[[Dick Duff]], LW, 1964–65, inducted 2006
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*[[Bill Gadsby]], D, 1954-61, inducted 1970
*[[Phil Esposito]], C, 1975–81, inducted 1984
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*[[Mike Gartner]], RW, 1990-94, inducted 2001
*[[Bill Gadsby]], D, 1954–61, inducted 1970
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*[[Bernie Geoffrion]], RW, 1966-68, inducted 1972
*[[Mike Gartner]], RW, 1990–94, inducted 2001
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*[[Eddie Giacomin]], G, 1965-75, inducted 1987
*[[Bernie Geoffrion]], RW, 1966–68, inducted 1972
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*[[Rod Gilbert]], RW, 1960-78, inducted 1982
*[[Eddie Giacomin]], G, 1965–75, inducted 1987
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*[[Wayne Gretzky]], C, 1996-99, inducted 1999
*[[Rod Gilbert]], RW, 1960–78, inducted 1982
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*[[Doug Harvey]], D, 1961-62, 1963-64, inducted 1973
*[[Wayne Gretzky]], C, 1996–99, inducted 1999
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*[[Bryan Hextall]], LW, 1936-48, inducted 1969
*[[Doug Harvey (ice hockey)|Doug Harvey]], D, 1961–62, 1963–64, inducted 1973
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*[[Tim Horton]], D, 1970-71, inducted 1977
*[[Bryan Hextall]], RW, 1936–48, inducted 1969
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*[[Harry Howell (hockey player)|Harry Howell]], D, 1952-69, inducted 1979
*[[Tim Horton]], D, 1970–71, inducted 1977
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*[[Bobby Hull]], LW, 1981, inducted 1983
*[[Harry Howell (ice hockey)|Harry Howell]], D, 1952–69, inducted 1979
 
 
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*[[Ching Johnson]], D, 1926–37, inducted 1958
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*[[Ching Johnson]], D, 1926-37, inducted 1958
 
*[[Jari Kurri]], LW, 1996, inducted 2001
 
*[[Jari Kurri]], LW, 1996, inducted 2001
*[[Guy Lafleur]], RW, 1988–89, inducted 1988
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*[[Guy Lafleur]], RW, 1988-89, inducted 1988
*[[Pat LaFontaine]], C, 1997–98, inducted 2003
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*[[Pat LaFontaine]], C, 1997-98, inducted 2003
*[[Edgar Laprade]], C, 1945–55, inducted 1993
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*[[Edgar Laprade]], D, 1945-55, inducted 1993
*[[Brian Leetch]], D, 1987–2004, inducted 2009
 
 
*[[Harry Lumley (ice hockey)|Harry Lumley]], G, 1943, inducted 1980
 
*[[Harry Lumley (ice hockey)|Harry Lumley]], G, 1943, inducted 1980
*[[Mark Messier]], C, 1991–1997, 2000–2004, inducted 2007
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*[[Mark Messier]], C, 1991-1997, 2000-2005, inducted 2007
*[[Howie Morenz]], C, 1935–36, inducted 1945
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*[[Howie Morenz]], C, 1935-36, inducted 1945
*[[Buddy O'Connor]], C, 1947–51, inducted 1988
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*[[Buddy O'Connor]], C, 1947-51, inducted 1988
*[[Brad Park]], D, 1968–75, inducted 1988
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*[[Brad Park]], D, 1968-75, inducted 1988
*[[Lynn Patrick]], LW, 1934–43, 1945–46, inducted 1980
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*[[Lynn Patrick]], LW, 1934-43, 1945-46, inducted 1980
*[[Jacques Plante]], G, 1963–65, inducted 1978
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*[[Jacques Plante]], G, 1963-65, inducted 1978
*[[Babe Pratt]], D, 1936–42, inducted 1966
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*[[Babe Pratt]], D, 1936-42, inducted 1966
*[[Jean Ratelle]], LW, 1960–75, inducted 1985
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*[[Jean Ratelle]], LW, 1960-75, inducted 1985
*[[Chuck Rayner]], G, 1945–55, inducted 1973
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*[[Chuck Rayner]], G, 1945-55, inducted 1973
*[[Luc Robitaille]], LW, 1995–1997, inducted 2009
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*[[Glen Sather]], LW, 1970-73, inducted 1997
*[[Terry Sawchuk]], G, 1969–70, inducted 1971
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*[[Terry Sawchuk]], G, 1969-70, inducted 1971
*[[Brendan Shanahan]], LW, 2006–08, inducted 2013
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*[[Babe Siebert]], LW, 1932-35, inducted 1964
*[[Babe Siebert]], LW, 1932–35, inducted 1964
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*[[Earl Siebert]], D, 1931-36, inducted 1963
*[[Earl Siebert]], D, 1931–36, inducted 1963
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*[[Allan Stanley]], D, 1948-54, inducted 1981
*[[Allan Stanley]], D, 1948–54, inducted 1981
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*[[Clint Smith]], C, 1937-43, inducted 1991
*[[Clint Smith]], C, 1937–43, inducted 1991
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*[[Gump Worsley]], G, 1952-63, inducted 1980
*[[Gump Worsley]], G, 1952–63, inducted 1980
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'''Builders'''
 
'''Builders'''
 
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<div style="float:left; width:48%;">
*[[Herb Brooks]], Coach, 1981–85, inducted 2006
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*[[Herb Brooks]], Coach, 1981-85, inducted 2006
 
*[[Emile Francis]], inducted 1982
 
*[[Emile Francis]], inducted 1982
*[[William M. Jennings]], inducted 1974
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*[[William Jennings]], inducted 1974
*[[Roger Neilson]], Coach, 1989–93, inducted 2002
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*[[Roger Neilson]], Coach, 1989-93, inducted 2002
 
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*[[Craig Patrick]], inducted 2001
 
*[[Craig Patrick]], inducted 2001
 
*[[Lester Patrick]], inducted 1945
 
*[[Lester Patrick]], inducted 1945
 
*[[Lynn Patrick]], inducted 1980
 
*[[Lynn Patrick]], inducted 1980
*[[Glen Sather]], LW, 1970–73, Coach, 2002–04, President/General Manager, 2000–present, inducted 1997
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*[[Fred Shero]], D, 1947–50, Coach, 1978–81, inducted 2013
 
</div>{{Clear}}
 
   
'''Broadcasters ([[Foster Hewitt Memorial Award]])'''
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===Team captains===
 
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<div style="float:left; width:48%;">
*Sal Messina, broadcaster, 1974–2003, awarded 2005
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*[[Bill Cook]], 1926-37
*[[John Davidson (ice hockey)|John Davidson]], G, 1975–83, broadcaster, 1983–2006, awarded 2009
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*[[Art Coulter]], 1937-42
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*[[Ott Heller]], 1942-45
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*[[Neil Colville]], 1945-49
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*[[Buddy O'Connor]], 1949-50
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*[[Frank Eddolls]], 1950-51
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*[[Allan Stanley]], 1951-53
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*[[Don Raleigh]], 1953-55
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*[[Harry Howell (hockey player)|Harry Howell]], 1955-57
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*[[George Sullivan (ice hockey)|George Sullivan]], 1957-61
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*[[Andy Bathgate]], 1961-64
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*[[Camille Henry]], 1964-65
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*[[Bob Nevin]], 1965-71
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*[[Vic Hadfield]], 1971-74
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*[[Brad Park]], 1974-75
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*[[Phil Esposito]], 1975-78
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*[[Dave Maloney]], 1978-80
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*[[Walt Tkaczuk]], 1980-81
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*[[Barry Beck]], 1981-86
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*[[Ron Greschner]], 1986-87
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*[[Kelly Kisio]], 1987-91
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*[[Mark Messier]], 1991-97
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*[[Brian Leetch]], 1997-2000
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*Mark Messier, 2000-05
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*no captain, 2005-06
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*[[Jaromir Jagr]], 2006-''present''
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===First-round draft picks===
 
===First-round draft picks===
 
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*[[1963 NHL Amateur Draft|1963]]: [[Al Osborne]] (fourth overall)
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*[[1963 NHL Amateur Draft|1963]]: [[Al Osborne]] (4th overall)
*[[1964 NHL Amateur Draft|1964]]: [[Bob Graham (ice hockey)|Bob Graham]] (third overall)
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*[[1964 NHL Amateur Draft|1964]]: [[Bob Graham (hockey player)|Bob Graham]] (3rd overall)
*[[1965 NHL Amateur Draft|1965]]: [[André Veilleux|Andre Veilleux]] (first overall)
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*[[1965 NHL Amateur Draft|1965]]: [[Andre Veilleux]] (1st overall)
*[[1966 NHL Amateur Draft|1966]]: [[Brad Park]] (second overall)
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*[[1966 NHL Amateur Draft|1966]]: [[Brad Park]] (2nd overall)
*[[1967 NHL Amateur Draft|1967]]: [[Bob Dickson (ice hockey)|Bob Dickson]] (sixth overall)
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*[[1967 NHL Amateur Draft|1967]]: [[Bob Dickson (hockey player)|Bob Dickson]] (6th overall)
 
*[[1968 NHL Amateur Draft|1968]]: ''none''
 
*[[1968 NHL Amateur Draft|1968]]: ''none''
*[[1969 NHL Amateur Draft|1969]]: [[André Dupont|Andre Dupont]] (eighth overall) & [[Pierre Jarry]] (12th)
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*[[1969 NHL Amateur Draft|1969]]: [[Andre Dupont]] (8th overall) & [[Pierre Jarry]] (12th)
 
*[[1970 NHL Amateur Draft|1970]]: [[Norm Gratton]] (11th overall)
 
*[[1970 NHL Amateur Draft|1970]]: [[Norm Gratton]] (11th overall)
*[[1971 NHL Amateur Draft|1971]]: [[Steve Vickers (ice hockey)|Steve Vickers]] (10th overall) & [[Steve Durbano]] (13th)
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*[[1971 NHL Amateur Draft|1971]]: [[Steve Vickers]] (10th overall) & [[Steve Durbano]] (13th)
 
*[[1972 NHL Amateur Draft|1972]]: [[Al Blanchard]] (10th overall) & [[Bob MacMillan]] (15th)
 
*[[1972 NHL Amateur Draft|1972]]: [[Al Blanchard]] (10th overall) & [[Bob MacMillan]] (15th)
 
*[[1973 NHL Amateur Draft|1973]]: [[Rick Middleton]] (14th overall)
 
*[[1973 NHL Amateur Draft|1973]]: [[Rick Middleton]] (14th overall)
 
*[[1974 NHL Amateur Draft|1974]]: [[Dave Maloney]] (14th overall)
 
*[[1974 NHL Amateur Draft|1974]]: [[Dave Maloney]] (14th overall)
 
*[[1975 NHL Amateur Draft|1975]]: [[Wayne Dillon]] (12th overall)
 
*[[1975 NHL Amateur Draft|1975]]: [[Wayne Dillon]] (12th overall)
*[[1976 NHL Amateur Draft|1976]]: [[Don Murdoch]] (sixth overall)
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*[[1976 NHL Amateur Draft|1976]]: [[Don Murdoch]] (6th overall)
*[[1977 NHL Amateur Draft|1977]]: [[Lucien DeBlois]] (eighth overall) & [[Ron Duguay]] (13th)
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*[[1977 NHL Amateur Draft|1977]]: [[Lucien DeBlois]] (8th overall) & [[Ron Duguay]] (13th)
 
*[[1978 NHL Amateur Draft|1978]]: ''none''
 
*[[1978 NHL Amateur Draft|1978]]: ''none''
 
*[[1979 NHL Entry Draft|1979]]: [[Doug Sulliman]] (13th overall)
 
*[[1979 NHL Entry Draft|1979]]: [[Doug Sulliman]] (13th overall)
*[[1980 NHL Entry Draft|1980]]: [[Jim Malone (ice hockey)|Jim Malone]] (14th overall)
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*[[1980 NHL Entry Draft|1980]]: [[Jim Malone]] (14th overall)
*[[1981 NHL Entry Draft|1981]]: [[James Patrick (ice hockey)|James Patrick]] (ninth overall)
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*[[1981 NHL Entry Draft|1981]]: [[James Patrick]] (9th overall)
 
*[[1982 NHL Entry Draft|1982]]: [[Chris Kontos]] (15th overall)
 
*[[1982 NHL Entry Draft|1982]]: [[Chris Kontos]] (15th overall)
 
*[[1983 NHL Entry Draft|1983]]: [[Dave Gagner]] (12th overall)
 
*[[1983 NHL Entry Draft|1983]]: [[Dave Gagner]] (12th overall)
 
*[[1984 NHL Entry Draft|1984]]: [[Terry Carkner]] (14th overall)
 
*[[1984 NHL Entry Draft|1984]]: [[Terry Carkner]] (14th overall)
*[[1985 NHL Entry Draft|1985]]: [[Ulf Dahlén|Ulf Dahlen]] (seventh overall)
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*[[1985 NHL Entry Draft|1985]]: [[Ulf Dahlen]] (7th overall)
 
</div><div style="float:right; width:48%;">
 
</div><div style="float:right; width:48%;">
*[[1986 NHL Entry Draft|1986]]: [[Brian Leetch]] (ninth overall)
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*[[1986 NHL Entry Draft|1986]]: [[Brian Leetch]] (9th overall)
 
*[[1987 NHL Entry Draft|1987]]: [[Jayson More]] (10th overall)
 
*[[1987 NHL Entry Draft|1987]]: [[Jayson More]] (10th overall)
 
*[[1988 NHL Entry Draft|1988]]: ''none''
 
*[[1988 NHL Entry Draft|1988]]: ''none''
 
*[[1989 NHL Entry Draft|1989]]: [[Steven Rice]] (20th overall)
 
*[[1989 NHL Entry Draft|1989]]: [[Steven Rice]] (20th overall)
*[[1990 NHL Entry Draft|1990]]: [[Michael Stewart (ice hockey)|Michael Stewart]] (13th overall)
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*[[1990 NHL Entry Draft|1990]]: [[Michael Stewart]] (13th overall)
 
*[[1991 NHL Entry Draft|1991]]: [[Alexei Kovalev]] (15th overall)
 
*[[1991 NHL Entry Draft|1991]]: [[Alexei Kovalev]] (15th overall)
 
*[[1992 NHL Entry Draft|1992]]: [[Peter Ferraro]] (24th overall)
 
*[[1992 NHL Entry Draft|1992]]: [[Peter Ferraro]] (24th overall)
*[[1993 NHL Entry Draft|1993]]: [[Niklas Sundström|Niklas Sundstrom]] (eighth overall)
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*[[1993 NHL Entry Draft|1993]]: [[Niklas Sundstrom]] (8th overall)
 
*[[1994 NHL Entry Draft|1994]]: [[Dan Cloutier]] (26th overall)
 
*[[1994 NHL Entry Draft|1994]]: [[Dan Cloutier]] (26th overall)
 
*[[1995 NHL Entry Draft|1995]]: ''none''
 
*[[1995 NHL Entry Draft|1995]]: ''none''
 
*[[1996 NHL Entry Draft|1996]]: [[Jeff Brown (ice hockey b. 1978)|Jeff Brown]] (22nd overall)
 
*[[1996 NHL Entry Draft|1996]]: [[Jeff Brown (ice hockey b. 1978)|Jeff Brown]] (22nd overall)
 
*[[1997 NHL Entry Draft|1997]]: [[Stefan Cherneski]] (19th overall)
 
*[[1997 NHL Entry Draft|1997]]: [[Stefan Cherneski]] (19th overall)
*[[1998 NHL Entry Draft|1998]]: [[Manny Malhotra]] (seventh overall)
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*[[1998 NHL Entry Draft|1998]]: [[Manny Malhotra]] (7th overall)
*[[1999 NHL Entry Draft|1999]]: [[Pavel Brendl]] (fourth overall) & [[Jamie Lundmark]] (ninth)
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*[[1999 NHL Entry Draft|1999]]: [[Pavel Brendl]] (4th overall) & [[Jamie Lundmark]] (9th)
 
*[[2000 NHL Entry Draft|2000]]: ''none''
 
*[[2000 NHL Entry Draft|2000]]: ''none''
 
*[[2001 NHL Entry Draft|2001]]: [[Dan Blackburn]] (10th overall)
 
*[[2001 NHL Entry Draft|2001]]: [[Dan Blackburn]] (10th overall)
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*[[2006 NHL Entry Draft|2006]]: [[Bob Sanguinetti]] (21st overall)
 
*[[2006 NHL Entry Draft|2006]]: [[Bob Sanguinetti]] (21st overall)
 
*[[2007 NHL Entry Draft|2007]]: [[Alexei Cherepanov]] (17th overall)
 
*[[2007 NHL Entry Draft|2007]]: [[Alexei Cherepanov]] (17th overall)
*[[2008 NHL Entry Draft|2008]]: [[Michael Del Zotto]] (20th overall)
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*[[2009 NHL Entry Draft|2009]]: [[Chris Kreider]] (19th overall)
 
*[[2010 NHL Entry Draft|2010]]: [[Dylan McIlrath]] (10th overall)
 
*[[2011 NHL Entry Draft|2011]]: [[J.T. Miller]] (15th overall)
 
*[[2012 NHL Entry Draft|2012]]: [[Brady Skjei]] (28th overall)
 
*[[2013 NHL Entry Draft|2013]]: ''none''
 
*[[2014 NHL Entry Draft|2014]]: ''none''
 
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===Single-season records===
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===Retired numbers===
* Points: '''[[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]]''' (2005–06) 123<ref name="records">{{cite web| title=Rangers Records – Single-Season Leaders | url=http://rangers.nhl.com/team/app?service=page&page=NHLPage&bcid=tra_rec_scoring_singleseason | accessdate=2007-11-27}}</ref>
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*'''1''' [[Eddie Giacomin]], G, 1965-75: Number retired on March 15, [[1989]]
* Goals: '''[[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]]''' (2005–06) 54<ref name="records" />
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*'''2''' [[Brian Leetch]], D, 1987-2004: Number to be retired on January 24, [[2008]]
* Assists: '''[[Brian Leetch]]''' (1991–92) — 80<ref>{{Cite news| url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/sports/hockey/19rangers.html?ei=5088&en=5e9d90fe8b588928&ex=1300424400&adxnnl=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1196204927-E4hzJ0UYhFtRIXBfLszoHQ | title=Jagr Continues Assault on Rangers' Records | last=Diamos | first=Jason |work=The New York Times | date=2006-03-19 | accessdate=2007-11-27}}</ref>
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*3 Harry Howell
* Plus/Minus: '''[[Brad Park]]''' (1971–1972) +62
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*'''7''' [[Rod Gilbert]], RW, 1961-78: Number retired on October 14, [[1979]]
* Points by a defenseman: '''[[Brian Leetch]]''' (1991–92) — 102<ref name="records" />
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*9 Adam Graves
* Goals by a defenseman: '''[[Reijo Ruotsalainen]]''' (1984–1985) – 28
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*9 Andy Bathgate
* Points by a rookie: '''[[Mark Pavelich]]''' (1981–82) 76
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*'''11''' [[Mark Messier]], LW/C, 1991-97 & 2000-05: Number retired on January 12, [[2006]]
* Goals by a rookie: '''[[Tony Granato]]''' (1988–89) 36<ref name="records" />
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*'''35''' [[Mike Richter]], G, 1989-2003: Number retired on February 4, [[2004]]
* Power play goals: '''[[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]]''' (2005–06) 24<ref name="Jagr">{{cite web| url=http://rangers.nhl.com/team/app?page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8448208&service=page&tab=bio | title=Jaromir Jagr Official Player Page | accessdate=2007-11-27}}</ref>
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*'''99''' [[Wayne Gretzky]], C, 1996-99: Number retired league-wide by NHL on February 6, [[2000]] (No official banner at Madison Square Garden)
* Short-handed goals: '''[[Theo Fleury]]''' (2000–2001) – 7
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* Game-winning goals: '''[[Ryan Callahan]]''' (2011–2012), '''[[Brad Richards]]''' (2011–2012), '''[[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]]''' (2005–06), '''[[Mark Messier]]''' (1996–97), '''[[Don Maloney]]''' (1980–81), and '''[[Rick Nash]]''' (2013-2014) 9
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* Shots on goal: '''[[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]]''' (2005–06) — 368<ref name="Jagr" />
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* Most goals, season - '''[[Jaromir Jagr]]''' (2005-06) - 54
* Penalty minutes: '''[[Troy Mallette]]''' (1989–90) — 305<ref>{{Cite news| url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE7DB123CF93BA25757C0A966958260 | title=Mallette Gives Rangers More Than A Rough Edge |work=The New York Times | last=Sexton | first=Joe | date=1990-04-18 | accessdate=2007-11-27}}</ref>
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* Most assists, season - '''[[Brian Leetch]]''' (1991-92) - 80
* Goaltending wins: '''[[Mike Richter]]''' (1993–94) 42<ref>{{cite web| url=http://www.goaliesarchive.com/rangers/records.html | title=New York Rangers goaltending records | accessdate=2007-11-27}}</ref>
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* Most points, season - '''Jaromir Jagr''' (2005-06) - 123
* Goaltending wins by a rookie: '''[[Henrik Lundqvist]]''' (2005–06) — 30<ref name="records" />
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* Most points (defenseman), season - '''Brian Leetch''' (1991-92) - 102
* Goaltending shutouts: '''[[John Ross Roach]]''' (1928–1929) 13
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* Most points (rookie), season - '''[[Mark Pavelich]]''' (1981-82) - 76
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* Most power play goals, season - '''Jaromir Jagr''' (2005-06) - 24
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* Most game-winning goals, season - '''Jaromir Jagr''' (2005-06), '''[[Mark Messier]]''' (1996-1997) and '''[[Don Murdoch]]''' (1980-1981) - 9
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* Most shots on goal, season - '''Jaromir Jagr''' (2005-06) - 368
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*Most Penalty Minutes, season - '''[[Troy Mallette]]''' (1989-90) - 305
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*Most wins by goaltender, season - '''[[Mike Richter]]''' (1993-94) - 42
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*Most wins by rookie goaltender, season - '''[[Henrik Lundqvist]]''' (2005-06) - 30
   
 
===Franchise scoring leaders===
 
===Franchise scoring leaders===
{{details|List of New York Rangers records}}
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{{details|New York Rangers Records}}
These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.<ref>{{cite web|title=Regular Season – All Skaters – Career for Franchise – Career Points – NHL.com – Stats|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/careerstats.htm?gameType=2&team=NYR&position=S&country=&active=&viewName=careerLeadersForFranchise|publisher=''National Hockey League''|accessdate=June 17, 2013}}</ref>
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These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://newyorkrangers.com/tradition/records/scoring.asp | title=Rangers Records - Scoring | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
   
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'''''Note:''' Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Rangers player''
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="width:70%; text-align:center;"
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{| class="wikitable" border
|-
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|- align="center" style="font-weight:bold; background-color:#dddddd;" |
! class="unsortable" | Player
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| align="left" | Player || Pos || GP || G || A || Pts || P/G
! class="unsortable" | Seasons
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|- align="center"
! class="unsortable" | Pos
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| align="left" | [[Rod Gilbert]] || RW || 1,065 || 406 || 615 || '''1,021''' || .96
! {{abbr|GP|Games Played}}
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|- align="center" bgcolor="#eeeeee"
! {{abbr|G|Goals}}
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| align="left" | [[Brian Leetch]] || D || 1,129 || 240 || 741 || '''981''' || .87
! {{abbr|A|Assists}}
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|- align="center"
! {{abbr|Pts|Points}}
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| align="left" | [[Jean Ratelle]] || C || 862 || 336 || 481 || '''817''' || .95
! data-sort-type="number" | {{abbr|+/{{neg|}}|Plus/Minus}}
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|- align="center" bgcolor="#eeeeee"
! {{abbr|PIM|Penalty Minutes}}
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| align="left" | [[Andy Bathgate]] || RW || 719 || 272 || 457 || '''729''' || 1.01
|-
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|- align="center"
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Rod Gilbert]] || 1960–78 || RW || 1,065 || 406 || 615 || 1,021 || || 508
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| align="left" | [[Mark Messier]] || LW/C || 698 || 250 || 441 || '''691''' || .99
|-
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|- align="center" bgcolor="#eeeeee"
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Brian Leetch]] || 1987–04 || D || 1,129 || 240 || 741 || 981 || +24 || 525
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| align="left" | [[Walt Tkaczuk]] || C || 945 || 227 || 451 || '''678''' || .72
|-
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|- align="center"
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Jean Ratelle]] || 1960–76 || C || 862 || 336 || 481 || 817 || || 192
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| align="left" | [[Ron Greschner]] || D || 982 || 179 || 431 || '''610''' || .62
|-
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|- align="center" bgcolor="#eeeeee"
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Andy Bathgate]] || 1952–64 || RW || 719 || 272 || 457 || 729 || || 444
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| align="left" | [[Steve Vickers]] || LW || 698 || 246 || 340 || '''586''' || .84
|-
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|- align="center"
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Mark Messier]] || 1991–97, 2000–04 || C || 698 || 250 || 441 || 691 || +74 || 667
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| align="left" | [[Vic Hadfield]] || LW || 839 || 262 || 310 || '''572''' || .68
|-
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|- align="center" bgcolor="#eeeeee"
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Walt Tkaczuk]] || 1967–81 || C || 945 || 227 || 451 || 678 || +185 || 556
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| align="left" | [[Adam Graves]] || RW || 772 || 280 || 227 || '''507''' || .66
|-
 
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Ron Greschner]] || 1974–90 || D || 982 || 179 || 431 || 610 || {{neg|80}} || 1,226
 
|-
 
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Steve Vickers (ice hockey)|Steve Vickers]] || 1972–82 || LW || 698 || 246 || 340 || 586 || +54 || 330
 
|-
 
| style="text-align:left;" | [[Vic Hadfield]] || 1961–74 || LW || 839 || 262 || 310 || 572 || — || 1,036
 
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| style="text-align:left;" | [[Adam Graves]] || 1991–01 || LW || 772 || 280 || 227 || 507 || +6 || 810
 
 
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|}
   
===NHL awards and trophies===
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==NHL awards and trophies==
The following lists the league awards which have been won by the Rangers team and its players and alumni{{Citation needed|date=April 2011}}:
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The following lists the league awards which have been won by the Rangers team and its players:<ref>{{cite web|url=http://newyorkrangers.com/tradition/awards/awards.asp | title=Rangers Records - NHL Award Winners | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
 
<div style="float:left; width:48%;">
 
<div style="float:left; width:48%;">
 
'''[[Stanley Cup]]'''
 
'''[[Stanley Cup]]'''
*[[1927–28 NHL season|1927–28]], [[1932–33 NHL season|1932–33]], [[1939–40 NHL season|1939–40]], [[1993–94 NHL season|1993–94]]
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*[[1927-28 NHL season|1927-28]], [[1932-33 NHL season|1932-33]], [[1939-40 NHL season|1939-40]], [[1993-94 NHL season|1993-94]]
 
'''[[Dagens Nyheter Cup]]'''
 
*[[1981 Dagens Nyheter Cup]]
 
 
'''[[Victoria Cup (ice hockey)|Victoria Cup]]'''
 
*[[2008 Victoria Cup]]
 
   
 
'''[[Presidents' Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Presidents' Trophy]]'''
*[[1991–92 NHL season|1991–92]], [[1993–94 NHL season|1993–94]]
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*[[1991-92 NHL season|1991-92]], [[1993-94 NHL season|1993-94]]
   
 
'''[[Prince of Wales Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Prince of Wales Trophy]]'''
*[[1931–32 NHL season|1931–32]], [[1941–42 NHL season|1941–42]], [[1993–94 NHL season|1993–94]], [[2013–14 NHL season|2013–14]]
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*[[1931-32 NHL season|1931-32]], [[1941-42 NHL season|1941-42]], [[1993-94 NHL season|1993-94]]
 
'''[[O'Brien Trophy]]'''
 
*[[1949–50 NHL season|1949–50]]
 
   
 
'''[[Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy]]'''
*[[Jean Ratelle]]: [[1970–71 NHL season|1970–71]]
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*[[Jean Ratelle]]: [[1970-71 NHL season|1970-71]]
*[[Rod Gilbert]]: [[1975–76 NHL season|1975–76]]
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*[[Rod Gilbert]]: [[1975-76 NHL season|1975-76]]
*[[Anders Hedberg]]: [[1984–85 NHL season|1984–85]]
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*[[Anders Hedberg]]: [[1984-85 NHL season|1984-85]]
*[[Adam Graves]]: [[2000–01 NHL season|2000–01]]
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*[[Adam Graves]]: [[2000-01 NHL season|2000-01]]
*[[Dominic Moore]]: [[2013-14 NHL season|2013-14]]
 
   
 
'''[[Calder Memorial Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Calder Memorial Trophy]]'''
*[[Kilby MacDonald]]: [[1939–40 NHL season|1939–40]]
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*[[Kilby MacDonald]]: [[1939-40 NHL season|1939-40]]
*[[Grant Warwick]]: [[1941–42 NHL season|1941–42]]
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*[[Grant Warwick]]: [[1941-42 NHL season|1941-42]]
*[[Edgar Laprade]]: [[1945–46 NHL season|1945–46]]
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*[[Edgar Laprade]]: [[1945-46 NHL season|1945-46]]
*[[Pentti Lund]]: [[1948–49 NHL season|1948–49]]
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*[[Pentti Lund]]: [[1948-49 NHL season|1948-49]]
*[[Gump Worsley]]: [[1952–53 NHL season|1952–53]]
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*[[Gump Worsley]]: [[1952-53 NHL season|1952-53]]
*[[Camille Henry]]: [[1953–54 NHL season|1953–54]]
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*[[Camille Henry]]: [[1953-54 NHL season|1953-54]]
*[[Steve Vickers (ice hockey)|Steve Vickers]]: [[1972–73 NHL season|1972–73]]
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*[[Steve Vickers]]: [[1972-73 NHL season|1972-73]]
*[[Brian Leetch]]: [[1988–89 NHL season|1988–89]]
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*[[Brian Leetch]]: [[1988-89 NHL season|1988-89]]
   
 
'''[[Conn Smythe Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Conn Smythe Trophy]]'''
*[[Brian Leetch]]: [[1993–94 NHL season|1993–94]]
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*[[Brian Leetch]]: [[1993-94 NHL season|1994]]
   
 
'''[[Hart Memorial Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Hart Memorial Trophy]]'''
*[[Buddy O'Connor]]: [[1947–48 NHL season|1947–48]]
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*[[Buddy O'Connor]]: [[1947-48 NHL season|1947-48]]
*[[Chuck Rayner]]: [[1949–50 NHL season|1949–50]]
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*[[Chuck Rayner]]: [[1949-50 NHL season|1949-50]]
*[[Andy Bathgate]]: [[1958–59 NHL season|1958–59]]
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*[[Andy Bathgate]]: [[1958-59 NHL season|1958-59]]
*[[Mark Messier]]: [[1991–92 NHL season|1991–92]]
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*[[Mark Messier]]: [[1991-92 NHL season|1991-92]]
   
 
'''[[James Norris Memorial Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[James Norris Memorial Trophy]]'''
*[[Doug Harvey (ice hockey)|Doug Harvey]]: [[1961–62 NHL season|1961–62]]
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*[[Doug Harvey]]: [[1961-62 NHL season|1961-62]]
*[[Harry Howell (ice hockey)|Harry Howell]]: [[1966–67 NHL season|1966–67]]
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*[[Harry Howell (hockey player)|Harry Howell]]: [[1966-67 NHL season|1966-67]]
*[[Brian Leetch]]: [[1991–92 NHL season|1991–92]], [[1996–97 NHL season|1996–97]]
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*[[Brian Leetch]]: [[1991-92 NHL season|1991-92]], [[1996-97 NHL season|1996-97]]
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'''[[King Clancy Memorial Trophy]]'''
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*[[Adam Graves]]: [[1993-94 NHL season|1993-94]]
   
'''[[King Clancy Memorial Trophy]]'''
 
*[[Adam Graves]]: [[1993–94 NHL season|1993–94]]
 
</div><div style="float:right; width:48%;">
 
 
'''[[Lady Byng Memorial Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Lady Byng Memorial Trophy]]'''
*[[Frank Boucher]]: [[1927–28 NHL season|1927–28]], [[1928–29 NHL season|1928–29]], [[1929–30 NHL season|1929–30]], [[1930–31 NHL season|1930–31]], [[1932–33 NHL season|1932–33]], [[1933–34 NHL season|1933–34]], [[1934–35 NHL season|1934–35]]
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*[[Frank Boucher]]: [[1927-28 NHL season|1927-28]], [[1928-29 NHL season|1928-29]], [[1929-30 NHL season|1929-30]], [[1930-31 NHL season|1930-31]], [[1932-33 NHL season|1932-33]], [[1933-34 NHL season|1933-34]], [[1934-35 NHL season|1934-35]]
*[[Clint Smith]]: [[1938–39 NHL season|1938–39]]
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*[[Clint Smith]]: [[1938-39 NHL season|1938-39]]
*[[Buddy O'Connor]]: [[1947–48 NHL season|1947–48]]
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*[[Buddy O'Connor]]: [[1947-48 NHL season|1947-48]]
*[[Edgar Laprade]]: [[1949–50 NHL season|1949–50]]
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*[[Edgar Laprade]]: [[1949-50 NHL season|1949-50]]
*[[Andy Hebenton]]: [[1956–57 NHL season|1956–57]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?encode=TRUE&pid=2220 | title=Andy Hebenton's profile at hockeydb.com | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
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*[[Andy Hebenton]]: [[1956-57 NHL season|1956-57]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?encode=TRUE&pid=2220 | title=And Hebenton's profile at hockeydb.com | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
*[[Camille Henry]]: [[1957–58 NHL season|1957–58]]
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*[[Camille Henry]]: [[1957-58 NHL season|1957-58]]
*[[Jean Ratelle]]: [[1971–72 NHL season|1971–72]], [[1975–76 NHL season|1975–76]]
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*[[Jean Ratelle]]: [[1971-72 NHL season|1971-72]], [[1975-76 NHL season|1975-76]]
*[[Wayne Gretzky]]: [[1998–99 NHL season|1998–99]]
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*[[Wayne Gretzky]]: [[1998-99 NHL season|1998-99]]
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'''[[Lester Patrick Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Lester Patrick Trophy]]'''
*[[William M. Jennings]]: [[1970–71 NHL season|1970–71]]
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*[[William M. Jennings]]: [[1970-71 NHL season|1970-71]]
*[[Terry Sawchuk]]: [[1970–71 NHL season|1970–71]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p197103&type=Player&page=statsawards&list=#photo | title=Terry Sawchuk Career Statistics | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
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*[[Terry Sawchuk]]: [[1970-71 NHL season|1970-71]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p197103&type=Player&page=statsawards&list=#photo | title=Terry Sawchuk - Career Statistics | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
*[[Phil Esposito]]: [[1977–78 NHL season|1977–78]]
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*[[Phil Esposito]]: [[1977-78 NHL season|1977-78]]
*[[Fred Shero]]: [[1979–80 NHL season|1979–80]]
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*[[Fred Shero]]: [[1979-80 NHL season|1979-80]]
*[[Emile Francis]]: [[1981–82 NHL season|1981–82]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=B198201&type=Builder&page=bio&list=ByName#photo | title=Emile Francis Biography | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
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*[[Emile Francis]]: [[1981-82 NHL season|1981-82]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=B198201&type=Builder&page=bio&list=ByName#photo | title=Emile Francis - Biography | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
*[[Lynn Patrick]]: [[1988–89 NHL season|1988–89]]
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*[[Lynn Patrick]]: [[1988-89 NHL season|1988-89]]
*[[Rod Gilbert]]: [[1990–91 NHL season|1990–91]]
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*[[Rod Gilbert]]: [[1990-91 NHL season|1990-91]]
*[[Frank Boucher]]: [[1992–93 NHL season|1992–93]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=P195801&type=Player&page=bio&list=ByName | title=Frank Boucher Biography | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
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*[[Frank Boucher]]: [[1992-93 NHL season|1992-93]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=P195801&type=Player&page=bio&list=ByName | title=Frank Boucher - Biography | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
*[[Brian Mullen]]: [[1994–95 NHL season|1994–95]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=11151 | title=Brian Patrick Mullen | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
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*[[Brian Mullen]]: [[1994-95 NHL season|1994-95]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=11151 | title=Brian Patrick Mullen | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
*[[Herb Brooks]]: [[2001–02 NHL season|2001–02]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=b200601&type=Builder&page=bio&list=ByName#photo | title=Herb Brooks Biography | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
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*[[Herb Brooks]]: [[2001-02 NHL season|2001-02]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=b200601&type=Builder&page=bio&list=ByName#photo | title=Herb Brooks - Biography | accessdate=2007-08-10}}</ref>
*[[John Davidson (ice hockey)|John Davidson]]: [[2003–04 NHL season|2003–04]]
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*[[John Davidson (ice hockey)|John Davidson]]: [[2003-04 NHL season|2003-04]]
*[[Brian Leetch]] & [[John Halligan (ice hockey)|John Halligan]]: [[2006–07 NHL season|2006–07]]<ref>{{cite news| url=http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=ap-lesterpatrickaward&prov=ap&type=lgns | title=Leetch, Cammi Granato among 4 winners of Lester Patrick Award | last=Podell | first=Ira | agency=Associated Press | date=2007-11-07 | accessdate=2007-11-19}}</ref>
 
   
 
'''[[Lester B. Pearson Award]]'''
 
'''[[Lester B. Pearson Award]]'''
*[[Jean Ratelle]]: [[1971–72 NHL season|1971–72]]
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*[[Jean Ratelle]]: [[1971-72 NHL season|1971-72]]
*[[Mark Messier]]: [[1991–92 NHL season|1991–92]]
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*[[Mark Messier]]: [[1991-92 NHL season|1991-92]]
*[[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]]: [[2005–06 NHL season|2005–06]]
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*[[Jaromir Jagr]]: [[2005-06 NHL season|2005-06]]
   
'''[[NHL Plus/Minus Award]]'''<ref>{{cite web| url=http://statshockey.homestead.com/plusminus.html | title=NHL Plus Minus Award Winners | accessdate=2007-11-19}}</ref>
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'''[[NHL Plus/Minus Award]]'''
*[[Michal Rozsíval|Michal Rozsival]]: [[2005–06 NHL season|2005–06]] <small> (shared with [[Wade Redden]] of the [[Ottawa Senators]]) </small>
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*[[Michal Rozsival]]: [[2005-06 NHL season|2005-06]] <small> (shared with [[Wade Redden]] of the [[Ottawa Senators]]) </small>
   
 
'''[[Vezina Trophy]]'''
 
'''[[Vezina Trophy]]'''
*[[Dave Kerr]]: [[1939–40 NHL season|1939–40]]
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*[[Dave Kerr]]: [[1939-40 NHL season|1939-40]]
*[[Eddie Giacomin]] & [[Gilles Villemure]]: [[1970–71 NHL season|1970–71]]
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*[[Eddie Giacomin]] & [[Gilles Villemure]]: [[1970-71 NHL season|1970-71]]
*[[John Vanbiesbrouck]]: [[1985–86 NHL season|1985–86]]
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*[[John Vanbiesbrouck]]: [[1985-86 NHL season|1985-86]]
*[[Henrik Lundqvist]]: [[2011–12 NHL season|2011–12]]
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</div>{{Clear}}
 
   
==Leaders==
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==Broadcast History==
 
===Team captains===
 
 
<div style="float:left; width:48%;">
 
<div style="float:left; width:48%;">
*[[Bill Cook]], 1926–37
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'''Television'''
*[[Art Coulter]], 1937–42
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*[[Bob Wolff]] (1969-70&ndash;1973-74): color analyst
*[[Ehrhardt Heller|Ott Heller]], 1942–45
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*Jim Gordon (1969-70; 1973-74&ndash;1983-84): play-by-play<ref>{{cite press release|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=825 | title=Longtime Broadcaster Jim Gordon Remembered | publisher=New York Rangers | date=[[2003-02-18]] | accessdate=2007-08-09}}</ref>
*[[Neil Colville]], 1945–48
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*Tim Ryan (1970-71&ndash;1971-72): play-by-play
*[[Buddy O'Connor]], 1949–50
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*[[Bill Mazer]] (1970-71): color analyst
*[[Frank Eddolls]], 1950–51
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*Norm Maclean (1971-72): color analyst
*[[Allan Stanley]], 1951–53
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*[[Sal Marchiano]] (1972-73): play-by-play
*[[Don Raleigh]], 1953–55
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*[[Bill Chadwick]] (1972-73&ndash;1980-81): color analyst
*[[Harry Howell (ice hockey)|Harry Howell]], 1955–57
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*[[Mike Eruzione]] (1981-82&ndash;1982-83): color analyst
*[[George Sullivan (ice hockey)|George Sullivan]], 1957–61
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*[[Phil Esposito]] (1981-82&ndash;1985-86): color analyst
*[[Andy Bathgate]], 1961–64
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*[[John Davidson (ice hockey)|John Davidson]] (1983-84; 1986-87&ndash;2005-06): color analyst<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.msgnetwork.com/ourteam_jdavidson.jsp | title=John Davidson - Rangers Television Analyst | accessdate=2007-08-09}}</ref><ref>{{cite press release|url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2205 | title=Rangers broadcaster John Davidson named president of Blues | publisher=New York Rangers | date=[[2006-06-30]] | accessdate=2007-08-09}}</ref>
*[[Camille Henry]], 1964–65
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*[[Sam Rosen (sportscaster)|Sam Rosen]] (1984-85&ndash;present): play-by-play<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.msgnetwork.com/ourteam_srosen.jsp | title=Sam Rosen - New York Rangers Television Play-By-Play Announcer | accessdate=2007-08-09}}</ref>
*[[Bob Nevin]], 1965–71
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*[[Bruce Beck]] (1982-83&ndash;1993-94): host; alternate play-by-play
*[[Vic Hadfield]], 1971–74
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*[[Al Trautwig]] (1992-93&ndash;present): host<!--; former alternate play-by-play-->
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*John Giannone (2005-06&ndash;present): alternate host
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*Mike Crispino (2005-06&ndash;present): alternate play-by-play
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*[[Dave Maloney]] (2005-06&ndash;present): alternate color analyst<ref name="Maloney">{{cite web|url=http://www.msgnetwork.com/ourteam_dmaloney.jsp | title=Dave Maloney - New York Rangers Radio Analyst | accessdate=2007-08-09}}</ref>
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*[[Joe Micheletti]] (2006-07&ndash;present): color analyst<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.msgnetwork.com/ourteam_jmicheletti.jsp | title=Joe Micheletti - New York Rangers Television Analyst | accessdate=2007-08-09}}</ref>
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*Bob Wischusen (2007-08&ndash;present): alternate play-by-play
 
</div><div style="float:right; width:48%;">
 
</div><div style="float:right; width:48%;">
*[[Brad Park]], 1974–75
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'''Radio'''
*[[Phil Esposito]], 1975–78
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*[[Marv Albert]] (1967-68&ndash;2003-04): play-by-play
*[[Dave Maloney]], 1978–80
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*[[Bill Chadwick]] (1967-68&ndash;1971-72): color analyst
*[[Walt Tkaczuk]], 1980–81
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*[[Dave Marash]] (1970-71): color analyst
*[[Barry Beck]], 1981–86
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*Gene Stuart (1972-73): color analyst
*[[Ron Greschner]], 1986–87
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*[[Spencer Ross]] (1973-74&ndash;1976-77): play-by-play (currently alternate)
*[[Kelly Kisio]], 1987–91
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*Sal Messina (1974-75&ndash;2002-03): color analyst
*[[Mark Messier]], 1991–97
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*[[Sam Rosen]] (1977-78&ndash;1983-84): play-by-play; host
*[[Brian Leetch]], 1997–2000
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*[[Mike Emrick|Mike "Doc" Emrick]] (1983-84&ndash;1987-88): color analyst; host
*Mark Messier, 2000–04<ref>{{cite web| url=http://rangers.nhl.com/team/app?service=page&page=NHLPage&bcid=tra_rec_captains | title=Rangers Records – Captains | accessdate=2007-11-27}}</ref>
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*[[Howie Rose]] (1989-90&ndash;1994-95): alternate play-by-play
*[[Jaromír Jágr|Jaromir Jagr]], 2006–08
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*[[Kenny Albert]] (1995-96&ndash;present): play-by-play<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.msgnetwork.com/ourteam_kalbert.jsp | title=Kenny Albert - New York Rangers Radio Play-By-Play | accessdate=2007-08-09}}</ref>
*[[Chris Drury]], 2008–11
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*[[Brian Mullen]] (2003-04): color analyst
*[[Ryan Callahan]], 2011–14
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*[[Dave Maloney]] (2005-06&ndash;present): color analyst<ref name="Maloney"/>
*[[Ryan McDonagh]], 2014–present
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*Don LaGreca (2005-06&ndash;present): host
</div>{{Clear}}
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*Mike Crispino (2005-06&ndash;present): alternate play-by-play
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*Bob Wischusen (2005-06&ndash;present): alternate play-by-play
===General managers===
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*[[Pete Stemkowski]] (2005-06&ndash;present): alternate color analyst
{{details|List of New York Rangers general managers}}
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The current manager is [[Glen Sather]], who was named on June 1, 2000. He had previously been the General Manager of the [[Edmonton Oilers]], a title he had held from 1979 to 2000.
 
 
===Head coaches===
 
{{details|List of New York Rangers head coaches}}
 
The current head coach is [[Alain Vigneault]], named June 21, 2013. He has previously coached the Montreal Canadiens (1997–2001) and the Vancouver Canucks (2006–2013).
 
   
==Broadcast history==
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==See also==
{{Main|List of New York Rangers broadcasters}}
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{{commonscat|New York Rangers}}
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*[[/Magazine covers|Magazine covers]]
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* [[List of Stanley Cup champions]]
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* [[Curse of 1940]]
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* [[List of NHL players]]
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* [[List of NHL seasons]]
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* [[New York Americans]]
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
{{Reflist|2}}
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{{reflist|2}}
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
* {{Cite book|author=Boucher, Frank |author2=Frayne, Trent |title=When The Rangers Were Young |year=1973 |publisher=Dodd, Mead & Company |location=New York, NY |isbn=0-396-06852-9}}
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* ''Losing the Edge: The Rise and Fall of the Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers'' by Barry Meisel (1995) (ISBN 0-684-81519-2)
* {{Cite book|title=New York Rangers: Seventy-Five Years |first=John |last=Halligan |year=2000 |isbn=0-7607-2298-6}}
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* ''New York Rangers: Millennium Memories'' by the [[New York Daily News|NY Daily News]] (2000) (ISBN 1-58261-147-5)
* {{Cite book|title=The New York Rangers (Images of Sports) |first=John |last=Halligan |year=2003 |isbn=0-7385-1228-1}}
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* ''New York Rangers: Seventy-Five Years'' by John Halligan (2000) (ISBN 0-7607-2298-6)
* {{Cite book|title=The New York Rangers: Broadway's Longest Running Hit |first=John |last=Kreiser |author2=Friedman, Lou |year=1997 |isbn=1-57167-041-6}}
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* ''The New York Rangers: Broadway's Longest Running Hit'' by John Kreiser and Lou Friedman (1997) (ISBN 1-57167-041-6)
* {{Cite book|title=The Rangers |author=McFarlane, Brian |year=1997 |isbn=0-7737-6007-5 |authorlink=Brian McFarlane}}
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* ''The New York Rangers (Images of Sports)'' by John Halligan (2003) (ISBN 0-7385-1228-1)
* {{Cite book|title=Losing the Edge: The Rise and Fall of the Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers |first=Barry |last=Meisel |year=1995 |isbn=0-684-81519-2}}
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* ''The Rangers'' by [[Brian McFarlane]] (1997) (ISBN 0-7737-6007-5)
* {{Cite book|title=New York Rangers: Millennium Memories |author=NY Daily News |year=2000 |isbn=1-58261-147-5 |authorlink=New York Daily News}}
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* ''Thin Ice: A Season in Hell With the New York Rangers'' by Larry Sloman (1981) (ISBN 0-440-18571-8)
* {{Cite book|title=Thin Ice: A Season in Hell With the New York Rangers |first=Larry |last=Sloman |year=1981 |isbn=0-440-18571-8}}
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* ''Rangers' Biggest Trades Since 1990'' ([[October 6]], [[2006]])
* ''Rangers' Biggest Trades Since 1990'' (October 6, 2006)
 
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
{{Commons category|New York Rangers}}
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* [http://www.newyorkrangers.com/default.asp New York Rangers official web site]
* [http://www.newyorkrangers.com/ New York Rangers official web site]
 
* [http://www.thegarden.com/ Madison Square Garden]
 
* [http://www.msg.com/ MSG Network]
 
* [http://www.msg.com/our-teams/rangers MSG Rangers]
 
 
* [http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=48 New York Rangers season statistics and records from hockeydb.com]
 
* [http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=48 New York Rangers season statistics and records from hockeydb.com]
* [http://www.nyrfanclub.com/ New York Rangers Official Fan Club – NHL Booster Club]
 
   
 
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New York Rangers
NewYorkRangers
Information
Conference Eastern
Division Metropolitan
Founded 1926
History New York Rangers
1926-present
Arena Madison Square Garden
City New York, New York
Team Colors Blue, Red, and White
              
Media MSG
FSN New York
WEPN (1050 AM)
Owner(s) Madison Square Garden L.P.
(James Dolan, managing partner)
General Manager Flag of Canada Glen Sather
Head Coach Flag of Canada Alain Vigneault
Captain Vacant
Minor League affiliates Connecticut Whale (AHL)
Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)
Championships
Stanley Cups 4 (1927-28, 1932-33, 1939-40, 1993-94)
Presidents' Trophies 2 (1991-92, 1993-94)
Conferences 2 (1993-94, 2013-14)
Divisions 7 (1926-27, 1931-32, 1989-90, 1991-92, 1993-94, 2011-12)
Other
Official Website rangers.nhl.com
Uniforms
New York Rangers Home Uniform New York Rangers Road Uniform 70px
Home ice
New York Rangers ice rink logo

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, having joined in 1925 as an expansion franchise and are part of the group of teams referred to as the Original Six. The Rangers have won the Stanley Cup four times, most recently in 1994.

Franchise history

See also: History of the New York Rangers

Early years

In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League, playing in Madison Square Garden. The Amerks proved to be an even greater success than expected, leading Garden president Tex Rickard to go after a team for the Garden despite promising the Amerks that they would be the only hockey team to play there.

Rickard was granted a franchise, which he originally planned to name the New York Giants. However, the New York press soon nicknamed his team "Tex's Rangers", and the new name stuck. Rickard managed to get future legendary Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe to assemble the team. However, Smythe had a falling-out with Rickard's hockey man, Col. John S. Hammond, and was fired as manager-coach on the eve of the first season — he was paid a then-hefty $2500 to leave the Big Apple. Smythe was replaced by Pacific Coast Hockey Association co-founder Lester Patrick, but kept all of the players Smythe had assembled. The new team turned out to be a winner. The Rangers won the American Division title their first year but lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs. To this day, these Rangers were one of the most successful teams in the history of the NHL. The team's early success led to players becoming minor celebrities and fixtures in New York City's Roaring 20's nightlife.

1927-28 Stanley Cup

In only their second season, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Montreal Maroons three games to two. One of the most memorable stories that emerged from the Finals involved Patrick suiting up in goal at the ripe age of 44. At the time, teams were not required to dress a backup goaltender so when the Rangers' regular goaltender, Lorne Chabot, went down with an eye injury, Maroons head coach Eddie Gerard vetoed his original choice for a replacement (who was Alex Connell, another NHL goalie of the old Ottawa Senators, who was in attendance for the game). An angry Patrick lined up between the pipes for two periods in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals, allowing one goal to Maroons' center Nels Stewart. Frank Boucher would score the game-winner in overtime to seal victory for New York. An expansion team would not come this far this fast in North American professional sports until the Philadelphia Atoms won the North American Soccer League title in their first year of existence.

1932-33 Stanley Cup

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The 1932-33 New York Rangers team picture autographed by Lester Patrick

After a loss to the Bruins in the 1928-29 finals and a few mediocre seasons in the early 1930s, the Rangers, led by brothers Bill and Bun Cook on the right and left wings, respectively, and Frank Boucher at center, would defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1932-33 best-of-five finals, three games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup, exacting revenge on the Leafs' "Kid line" of Busher Jackson, Joe Primeau, and Charlie Conacher. The Rangers would spend the rest of the 1930s playing close to .500 hockey until their next Cup win. Lester Patrick stepped down as Head Coach and handed the reins to Frank Boucher.

1939-40 Stanley Cup

In 1939-40, the Rangers finished the regular season in second place behind the Boston Bruins. The two teams would square off in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins gained a two-games-to-one series lead from the Rangers until they stormed back winning three straight games to hold off the first-place Bruins. The Rangers eventually won the best-of-seven series, four games to two. Their first-round victory gave the Rangers a bye until the finals. The Detroit Red Wings disposed of the New York Americans in their first round best-of-three series two games to one (even as the Americans had analytical and notorious ex-Bruins star Eddie Shore) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ousted the Chicago Black Hawks two games to none. The Maple Leafs and Red Wings would play a best-of-three series to determine who would go on to play the Rangers in the Cup finals. The Maple Leafs swept the Red Wings and the Finals match-up was determined. The 1939-40 Stanley Cup Finals started in Madison Square Garden in New York. The first two games went to the Rangers. In game one the Rangers needed overtime to gain a 1-0 series lead and won game two quite handily with a 6-2 victory. The series then headed north to Toronto with the Maple Leafs winning the next two games on home ice, thereby tying the series 2-2. In games five and six the Rangers won both contests in overtime and won the series four games to two over the Maple Leafs to earn their third Stanley Cup.

The Rangers would collapse by the mid-1940s, losing games by as much as 15-0 and having one goaltender with a 6.20 goals-against average. They would miss the playoffs for five consecutive seasons before squeaking into the fourth and final playoff spot in 1948. They lost the first round and would miss the playoffs again in 1949. In the 1950 finals the Rangers were forced to play all of their games on the road (home games in Toronto) while the circus was at the Garden. They would end up losing to the Detroit Red Wings in overtime in the seventh game of the finals, despite a stellar first-round performance as underdogs to the Montreal Canadiens.

During this time, Red Wings owner James E. Norris became the largest stockholder in the Garden. However, he did not buy controlling interest in the arena, which would have violated the NHL's rule against one person owning more than one team. Nonetheless, he had enough support on the board to exercise de facto control.

The post-Original Six era

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New York Rangers logo (used 1935-48)

The Rangers remained a mark of futility in the NHL for several years, missing the playoffs in 12 of the next 16 years. However, the team was rejuvenated in the late 1960s, symbolized by moving into a newly-rebuilt Madison Square Garden in 1968. A year earlier, they made the playoffs for the first time in five years on the strength of rookie goaltender Eddie Giacomin, and acquired 1950s Montreal Canadiens star right wing Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion.

The Blueshirts made the Finals twice in the 1970s, but lost both times to two '70s powerhouses; the Boston Bruins in 1972, in six games, who were led by such stars as Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, Johnny Bucyk, and Wayne Cashman; and in 1979, in five games to the Habs, who had Bob Gainey, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Ken Dryden, Guy Lapointe, and Serge Savard. This time the Blueshirts had “Espo”, but it didn't matter; the Habs looked clearly dominant.

By 1972, the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals despite losing high-scoring center Jean Ratelle (who had been on track over Bruin Phil Esposito to become the first Ranger since Bryan Hextall in 1942 to lead the NHL in scoring) to injury during the stretch drive of the regular season. The strength of people like Brad Park, Ratelle, Vic Hadfield, and Rod Gilbert (the last three constructing the famed "GAG line", meaning "goal-a-game") would still carry them through the playoffs. They would defeat the defending champion Canadiens in the first round and the Chicago Blackhawks in the second, but lost to Boston in the finals.

The Rangers played a legendary semifinal series with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1973-74 playoffs. This series was noted for a game seven fight between Dave Schultz of the Flyers and Dale Rolfe of the Rangers. Schultz pummeled Rolfe without anyone on the Rangers lifting a finger to protect him (the GAG line was on the ice at the time). This lead to the belief that the Rangers of that period were soft - especially when taking into account the bullying endured by the Rangers during the 1972 finals. One example is Rod Gilbert's beating at the hands of Derek Sanderson of the Bruins.

Their new rivals, the New York Islanders, who entered the league in 1972 after paying a huge territorial fee — some $4 million — to the Rangers, were their first-round opponent in 1975. After splitting the first two games, the Islanders defeated the more established Rangers, eleven seconds into overtime of the deciding game three, establishing a rivalry that continued to grow for years after.

After some off years in the mid-to-late 1970s, they picked up Esposito and Carol Vadnais from the Bruins for Park, Ratelle and Joe Zanussi in 1975. Swedish stars Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson jumped to the Rangers from the maverick World Hockey Association. And in 1979 they defeated the surging Islanders in the semi-finals and would return to the finals again before bowing out to the Canadiens. The Islanders got their revenge however, eliminating the Rangers in four consecutive playoff series' starting in 1981 en route to their second of four consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

The Rangers stayed competitive through the 1980s and early 1990s, making the playoffs each year except for one but never going very far. An exception was 1985-86, when the Rangers, behind rookie goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, upended the Patrick Division winner Philadelphia Flyers in a decisive fifth game followed by a six-game win over the Washington Capitals in the Patrick Division Finals. Montreal disposed of the Rangers in the Wales Conference Finals behind a rookie goaltender of their own, Patrick Roy. The Blueshirts acquired superstar center Marcel Dionne after almost 12 years as a Los Angeles King the next year. In 1988, Dionne moved into third place in career goals scored (since bettered by Brett Hull). But Dionne's always-churning legs started to slow the next year, thereby ensuring that his goals came further and further apart. “Because you love the game so much, you think it will never end,” said Dionne, who spent nine games in the minors before retiring in 1989. He would only played 49 playoff games in 17 seasons with the Rangers, Kings and Detroit Red Wings.

Still, the many playoff failures convinced Rangers fans that this was a manifestation of the Curse of 1940, which is said to either have begun when the Rangers' management burnt the mortgage to Madison Square Garden in the bowl of the Stanley Cup after the 1940 victory, or by Red Dutton following the collapse of the New York Americans franchise. In the early 1980s, Islander fans began chanting "1940! 1940!" to taunt the Rangers. Fans in other cities soon picked up the chant.

Frustration was at its peak when the 1991-92 squad captured the Presidents' Trophy. They took a 2-1 series lead on the defending champ Pittsburgh Penguins and then faltered in three straight (most observers note a Ron Francis slapshot from the blue line that eluded Mike Richter as the series' turning point). The following year a 1-11 finish landed the Rangers in the Patrick Division cellar. Coach Roger Neilson did not finish the season. The off-season hiring of controversial head coach Mike Keenan was criticized by many who pointed out Keenan's 0-3 record in the finals.

1993-94 Stanley Cup: The Ending of The Curse

The 1993-94 season was a magical one for Rangers fans, as Keenan led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years. Two years prior, they picked up center Mark Messier, who was an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers' Cup-winning teams. Adam Graves, who also defected from the Oilers, joined the Rangers as well. Other ex-Oilers on the Blueshirts included trade deadline acquisitions Craig MacTavish (now Oilers head coach) and Glenn Anderson. Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov were a solid 1-2 punch on defence. In fact, Zubov led the team in scoring that season with 89 points, and continued to be an all-star defenceman throughout his career. Graves would set a team record with 52 goals, breaking the old record of 50 held by Vic Hadfield. This record would later be broken by Jaromir Jagr on April 8, 2006 against the Boston Bruins.

After clinching the Presidents' Trophy by finishing with the best record in the NHL at 52-24-8, setting a franchise record with 112 points, the Rangers were pitted against their division rival, the eighth-seeded Islanders, in the first round of the playoffs. The Islanders proved to be little competition, as they were swept in four games by an aggregate score of 22-3. Rangers goaltender Mike Richter earned a pair of shutouts in the series, while supposed Islander upgrade Ron Hextall had a 5.50 GAA to Richter's 0.75. In the second round, the Washington Capitals were dismissed in five games, which set the stage for a matchup with a third division rival, the New Jersey Devils, in the Conference Finals. Despite a 0-6 regular season record against the Rangers, the Devils took them to a full seven games. The series was highlighted by three dramatic multiple overtime games, in which the Rangers were victorious in two. Stephane Matteau scored both of those overtime goals, the first coming during game three at 6:13 of the second overtime period. However, after the fifth game, the Rangers trailed in the series 3-2, and, facing elimination, captain Mark Messier boldly guaranteed a victory in game six back at the Meadowlands in New Jersey—[1]

We know we are going to win Game Six and bring it back to the Garden.

Halfway through the game the Rangers trailed 2-0 before Messier set up Alexei Kovalev late in the second period to bring them to within a goal of tying the game. In what is now considered one of the greatest individual performances in sports history, Messier delivered a natural hat trick in the third period to give the Rangers a 4-2 win to send the series to a decisive seventh game to be played at Madison Square Garden. In that seventh game, a Leetch goal midway through the second period stood until Valeri Zelepukin tied the game for the Devils by stuffing the puck under Richter's pads with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation. It appeared once again that the Curse of 1940 would undo the Rangers. Surprisingly, Matteau's second overtime winner of the series, coming at 4:24 of the second overtime period, would clinch the series for the Blueshirts. Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose called the play in dramatic fashion shouting simply, "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!"[2]

The Stanley Cup Finals pitted the Rangers against the upstart Vancouver Canucks who were the seventh seed in the Western Conference. After dropping game one in overtime 3-2, largely due to Canucks' goaltender Kirk McLean's 52-save performance, the Rangers came back to win the next three games to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Rangers lost game five in New York and then Game 6 in Vancouver, forcing another seventh game at Madison Square Garden. There, the Rangers would finally prevail. Goals from Leetch, Graves, and Messier beat Vancouver captain Trevor Linden's pair of markers and sealed the seventh game with a 3-2 victory, clinching the Rangers' first Stanley Cup win in 54 years. Leetch became the first American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, the first non-Canadian to win it, and Messier became the first Ranger captain to hoist the Cup on Garden ice, as well as the first player in NHL history to captain two different teams to a Stanley Cup.

1994-2004: expensive acquisitions

Despite having coached the Rangers to a regular season first place finish and the Stanley Cup, head coach Mike Keenan left after a dispute with General Manager Neil Smith. During the 1994-95 lockout shortened season, the Rangers struggled to find their form and lost in the second round of the playoffs. They snuck in with the 8th seed and defeated Quebec in the first round, but they were swept by Philadelphia in the 2nd round. Succeeding Rangers coach Colin Campbell orchestrated a deal that sent Sergei Zubov and center Petr Nedved to Pittsburgh in exchange for defenceman Ulf Samuelsson and left winger Luc Robitaille in the summer of 1995.

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Wayne Gretzky in a New York Rangers uniform in 1997

The Rangers landed an aging Wayne Gretzky in 1996, but even with The Great One, they would fizzle out. Their 1994 stars were aging and many retired or dropped off in performance. Gretzky's greatest accomplishment was leading them to the 1997 Eastern Conference finals, where they lost 4-1 to the Eric Lindros-led Philadelphia Flyers. After General Manager Neil Smith ran Messier, a former Oiler teammate of Gretzky's, out of town in the summer of 1997 and failed in a bid to replace him with Colorado Avalanche superstar Joe Sakic,[3] the Rangers began a streak of seven seasons without making the playoffs, despite routinely having the highest payroll in the league.

In March 2000, Smith was fired along with head coach John Muckler, and that summer James Dolan hired Glen Sather to replace him.[4] By the end of the 2000-01 season, the Rangers had landed a lot of star power. Theoren Fleury joined the Rangers after spending most of his career with the Calgary Flames,[5] and Eric Lindros was traded to the Rangers from the Philadelphia Flyers for Kim Johnsson, Jan Hlavac, and Pavel Brendl.[6] The Rangers also acquired Pavel Bure late in the 2001-02 season from the Florida Panthers.[7] It was the rookie season of goalie Dan Blackburn, who made the NHL All-Rookie Team even as the Rangers fell back to last place in the conference.[8] Despite these high-priced acquisitions the Rangers still finished out of the playoffs. Later years saw other stars such as Alexei Kovalev, Jaromir Jagr, Anson Carter and Bobby Holik, as well as a growing Jamie Lundmark added, but in 2002-03 and 2003-04, the team again missed the playoffs. Blackburn started strongly in 2002-03, but burned out after 17 games. He missed 2003-04 due to mononucleosis and a damaged nerve in his left shoulder. Blackburn could not rehabilitate the damaged nerve, and was forced to retire prematurely.[9]

2005-present: post lockout success

Towards the end of the 2003-04 season Sather finally gave in to a rebuilding process by trading away Leetch, Kovalev, and eight others for numerous prospects and draft picks. With the retirements of Bure and Messier and Lindros signing with the Maple Leafs, the post-lockout Rangers, under new head coach Tom Renney, moved away from high-priced veterans towards a group of talented young players, such as Petr Prucha, Dominic Moore, and Blair Betts. However, the focus of the team remained on veteran superstar Jaromir Jagr. The Rangers were expected to struggle during the 2005-06 season for their eighth consecutive season out of the postseason. For example, Sports Illustrated declared them the worst team in the league in their season preview,[10] but behind stellar performances by Swedish rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Straka, Prucha, and Jagr, the Rangers finished the season with their best record since 1993-94 (44-26-12).

Jaromir Jagr broke the Rangers' single-season points record with a first-period assist in a 5-1 win against the New York Islanders on March 29, 2006.[11] The assist gave him 110 points on the season, breaking Jean Ratelle's record.[12] Less than two weeks later, on April 8, Jagr scored his 53rd goal of the season against the Boston Bruins, breaking the club record previously held by Adam Graves.[13] Two games prior, on April 4, the Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2, in a shootout, to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the 1996-97 season.[14] On April 18, the Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators 5-1, and, due to wins by division rivals New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers fell back to third place in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference to end the season.[15] In the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals the Rangers drew a matchup with the Devils and were defeated in a four-game sweep. In the process they were outscored 17-4, as New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur took two shutouts and a 1.00 goals-against average to Lundqvist's 4.25. In the first game of the series Jagr suffered an undisclosed injury to his left shoulder, diminishing his usefulness as the series went on. Jagr missed Game 2 of the series and was back in the lineup for game 3. He was held to 1 shot on net. On his first shift of Game 4, Jagr re-injured his shoulder and was unable to return.

Jagr fell two points short of winning his sixth Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion in 2005-06 (the San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton claimed the award, his first, with 125 points), but Jagr did win his third Pearson Award as the players' choice for the most outstanding player. He has thus tied Guy Lafleur in third, and needs one more to tie his ex-centerman, Mario Lemieux, in second and two more to tie Wayne Gretzky in first for times receiving the Pearson Award. On opening night of the 2006-07 season, Jagr was named the first team captain since Messier's retirement.[16]

With the Rangers doing so well in 2005-06, expectations were raised for the 2006-07 season, evidenced by Sports Illustrated then predicting the Rangers would finish first in their division.[17] Realizing that the team had trouble scoring goals in the 2005-06 campaign, the Rangers went out and signed long-time Red Wing Brendan Shanahan to a one-year contract. However, the organization remains committed to its rebuilding program despite the signing of the 37-year-old winger.[18]

Though the Rangers started a bit slow in the first half of the 2006-07 season, the second half was dominated by the stellar goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist. The acquisition of Sean Avery brought new life to the team, and the Rangers finished ahead of Tampa Bay and the Islanders to face Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers swept the series thanks to play from all around the ice. However, the Rangers lost the next round to Buffalo four games to two in a hard-fought series.

At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers chose Alexei Cherepanov 17th overall. Cherepanov had been ranked by Central Scouting as the number one European skater and was considered to be a top five pick leading up to the draft, but fell due to teams being unsure whether he would ever come to the NHL from Russia.[19] The 2007 free agency season started with a bang for the Rangers signing two high profile centerman, Scott Gomez from the New Jersey Devils for a seven year, $51.5 million dollar contract as well as Chris Drury from the Buffalo Sabres for a five year deal worth $32.25 million.[20] The moves, along with retaining most other key players, have been met favorably as the Rangers appear to be strong Stanley Cup contenders.[21]

Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Rangers. For the full season-by-season history, see New York Rangers seasons

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Records as of May 6, 2007 [22]

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2001-02 82 36 38 4 4 80 227 258 1753 4th in Atlantic Did not qualify
2002-03 82 32 36 10 4 78 210 231 1308 4th in Atlantic Did not qualify
2003-04 82 27 40 7 8 69 206 250 1459 4th in Atlantic Did not qualify
2004-05 Season cancelled due to 2004-05 NHL Lockout
2005-061 82 44 26 12 100 257 215 1194 3rd in Atlantic Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (Devils)
2006-07 82 42 30 10 94 242 216 1107 3rd in Atlantic Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-4 (Sabres)
1 As of the 2005-06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes shootout losses.

Notable players

Current roster

As of November 20, 2007. [1]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
30 Flag of Sweden Henrik Lundqvist L 2000 Åre, Sweden
43 Martin Biron
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
5 Flag of Canada Daniel Girardi R 2006 Welland, Ontario
18 Flag of Canada Marc Staal L 2005 Thunder Bay, Ontario


16 Flag of Canada Sean Avery LW/C L 2007 Pickering, Ontario
17 Flag of the United States Brandon Dubinsky C L 2004 Anchorage, Alaska
23 Flag of the United States Chris DruryA C R 2007 Trumbull, Connecticut
24 Flag of the United States Ryan Callahan (IR) RW R 2004 Rochester, New York

Hall-of-Famers

Players


Builders


Team captains


First-round draft picks


Retired numbers

  • 1 Eddie Giacomin, G, 1965-75: Number retired on March 15, 1989
  • 2 Brian Leetch, D, 1987-2004: Number to be retired on January 24, 2008
  • 3 Harry Howell
  • 7 Rod Gilbert, RW, 1961-78: Number retired on October 14, 1979
  • 9 Adam Graves
  • 9 Andy Bathgate
  • 11 Mark Messier, LW/C, 1991-97 & 2000-05: Number retired on January 12, 2006
  • 35 Mike Richter, G, 1989-2003: Number retired on February 4, 2004
  • 99 Wayne Gretzky, C, 1996-99: Number retired league-wide by NHL on February 6, 2000 (No official banner at Madison Square Garden)

Team records

  • Most goals, season - Jaromir Jagr (2005-06) - 54
  • Most assists, season - Brian Leetch (1991-92) - 80
  • Most points, season - Jaromir Jagr (2005-06) - 123
  • Most points (defenseman), season - Brian Leetch (1991-92) - 102
  • Most points (rookie), season - Mark Pavelich (1981-82) - 76
  • Most power play goals, season - Jaromir Jagr (2005-06) - 24
  • Most game-winning goals, season - Jaromir Jagr (2005-06), Mark Messier (1996-1997) and Don Murdoch (1980-1981) - 9
  • Most shots on goal, season - Jaromir Jagr (2005-06) - 368
  • Most Penalty Minutes, season - Troy Mallette (1989-90) - 305
  • Most wins by goaltender, season - Mike Richter (1993-94) - 42
  • Most wins by rookie goaltender, season - Henrik Lundqvist (2005-06) - 30

Franchise scoring leaders

For more details on this topic, see New York Rangers Records.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.[23]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Rangers player

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Rod Gilbert RW 1,065 406 615 1,021 .96
Brian Leetch D 1,129 240 741 981 .87
Jean Ratelle C 862 336 481 817 .95
Andy Bathgate RW 719 272 457 729 1.01
Mark Messier LW/C 698 250 441 691 .99
Walt Tkaczuk C 945 227 451 678 .72
Ron Greschner D 982 179 431 610 .62
Steve Vickers LW 698 246 340 586 .84
Vic Hadfield LW 839 262 310 572 .68
Adam Graves RW 772 280 227 507 .66

NHL awards and trophies

The following lists the league awards which have been won by the Rangers team and its players:[24]

King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Lester Patrick Trophy

Lester B. Pearson Award

NHL Plus/Minus Award

Vezina Trophy


Broadcast History

Television

  • Bob Wolff (1969-70–1973-74): color analyst
  • Jim Gordon (1969-70; 1973-74–1983-84): play-by-play[31]
  • Tim Ryan (1970-71–1971-72): play-by-play
  • Bill Mazer (1970-71): color analyst
  • Norm Maclean (1971-72): color analyst
  • Sal Marchiano (1972-73): play-by-play
  • Bill Chadwick (1972-73–1980-81): color analyst
  • Mike Eruzione (1981-82–1982-83): color analyst
  • Phil Esposito (1981-82–1985-86): color analyst
  • John Davidson (1983-84; 1986-87–2005-06): color analyst[32][33]
  • Sam Rosen (1984-85–present): play-by-play[34]
  • Bruce Beck (1982-83–1993-94): host; alternate play-by-play
  • Al Trautwig (1992-93–present): host
  • John Giannone (2005-06–present): alternate host
  • Mike Crispino (2005-06–present): alternate play-by-play
  • Dave Maloney (2005-06–present): alternate color analyst[35]
  • Joe Micheletti (2006-07–present): color analyst[36]
  • Bob Wischusen (2007-08–present): alternate play-by-play

Radio

  • Marv Albert (1967-68–2003-04): play-by-play
  • Bill Chadwick (1967-68–1971-72): color analyst
  • Dave Marash (1970-71): color analyst
  • Gene Stuart (1972-73): color analyst
  • Spencer Ross (1973-74–1976-77): play-by-play (currently alternate)
  • Sal Messina (1974-75–2002-03): color analyst
  • Sam Rosen (1977-78–1983-84): play-by-play; host
  • Mike "Doc" Emrick (1983-84–1987-88): color analyst; host
  • Howie Rose (1989-90–1994-95): alternate play-by-play
  • Kenny Albert (1995-96–present): play-by-play[37]
  • Brian Mullen (2003-04): color analyst
  • Dave Maloney (2005-06–present): color analyst[35]
  • Don LaGreca (2005-06–present): host
  • Mike Crispino (2005-06–present): alternate play-by-play
  • Bob Wischusen (2005-06–present): alternate play-by-play
  • Pete Stemkowski (2005-06–present): alternate color analyst

See also

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Notes

  1. Wigge, Larry. "A Stanley Cup guarantee?", The Sporting News, 1994-06-06. Retrieved on 2007-08-08. 
  2. Matteau's moment one of blueshirts' best ever. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  3. The Hockey Rodent (2004-02-09). The Curse. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  4. "Rangers Hire Sather", Associated Press, 2000-05-31. Retrieved on 2007-08-08. 
  5. "Theo Fleury signs with Rangers", Associated Press, 1999-07-08. Retrieved on 2007-08-08. 
  6. "Lindros joins Rangers nine years after first trade", Associated Press, 2001-08-24. Retrieved on 2007-08-08. 
  7. Allen, Kevin. "Panthers trade Pavel Bure to Rangers", USA Today, 2002-03-19. Retrieved on 2007-08-08. 
  8. New York Rangers (2002-06-20). Dan Blackburn Selected to 2001-02 NHL All-Rookie Team. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  9. New York Rangers (2005-05-25). Dan Blackburn to Retire. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  10. Kennedy, Kostya (2005-10-03), "Sports Illustrated's NHL Preview - New York Rangers", Sports Illustrated, <http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/specials/preview/2005/scouting.reports/rangers.html>. Retrieved on 2007-08-08
  11. Box Score - Rangers 5, Islanders 1 (2006-03-29). Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  12. Game Notes - Rangers 5, Islanders 1 (2006-03-29). Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  13. Game Notes - Rangers 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT) (2006-04-08). Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  14. Game Notes - Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (SO) (2006-04-04). Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  15. Game Notes - Rangers 1, Ottawa Senators 5 (2006-04-18). Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  16. New York Rangers (2006-10-05). Jagr named 24th captain in Rangers history. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  17. <cite id="CITEREFError: Invalid time.">"SI's 2006-07 NHL Preview: Atlantic Division", Sports Illustrated, 2006-09-25, <http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/hockey/nhl/specials/preview/2006/09/25/nhl.atlantic/index.html>. Retrieved on 2007-08-08</cite>
  18. Silverstein, Dubi (2007-07-27). Rangers Rebuild While Winning. Blueshirt Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  19. Weinman, Sam. "Rangers have high hopes for top pick Cherepanov", The Journal News, 2007-06-27. Retrieved on 2007-08-08. 
  20. Weinman, Sam. "Rangers sign top tier centers Drury, Gomez", The Journal News, 2007-07-02. Retrieved on 2007-08-08. 
  21. Greenstein, Kevin. "Peca Would Complete Renovation of Ranger Offense", The New York Sun, 2007-08-16. Retrieved on 2007-08-16. 
  22. The Internet Hockey Database - New York Rangers. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  23. Rangers Records - Scoring. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  24. Rangers Records - NHL Award Winners. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  25. And Hebenton's profile at hockeydb.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  26. Terry Sawchuk - Career Statistics. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  27. Emile Francis - Biography. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  28. Frank Boucher - Biography. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  29. Brian Patrick Mullen. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  30. Herb Brooks - Biography. Retrieved on 2007-08-10.
  31. New York Rangers (2003-02-18). Longtime Broadcaster Jim Gordon Remembered. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.
  32. John Davidson - Rangers Television Analyst. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.
  33. New York Rangers (2006-06-30). Rangers broadcaster John Davidson named president of Blues. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.
  34. Sam Rosen - New York Rangers Television Play-By-Play Announcer. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.
  35. 35.0 35.1 Dave Maloney - New York Rangers Radio Analyst. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.
  36. Joe Micheletti - New York Rangers Television Analyst. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.
  37. Kenny Albert - New York Rangers Radio Play-By-Play. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.

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