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2005-06 Finish: 44-26-12, 6th East
General Manager: Glen Sather (6th Season)
Head Coach: Tom Renney (3rd Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 257
2005-06 Goals Against: 215
2005-06 Power Play: 18.8% (8th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 83.7% (11th)
Points Leader: Jaromir Jagr (123)
Goals Leader: Jaromir Jagr (54)
Assists Leader: Jaromir Jagr (69)

Offseason Moves: Acquired a 2008 conditional pick from the Dallas Stars for centre Mike Green; signed centre Matt Cullen, who had been with the Carolina Hurricanes; signed defenceman Karel Rachunek, who had been in Russia; signed goaltender Stephen Valiquette, who had been in Russia; agreed to terms with defenceman Aaron Ward, who had been with the Carolina Hurricanes; agreed to terms with left wing Brendan Shanahan, who had been with the Detroit Red Wings; acquired right wing Adam Hall from the Nashville Predators for centre Dominic Moore.

Goaltending: While Jaromir Jagr was a big reason for the Rangers' resurgence, the same can be said of Henrik Lundqvist. Every vote he received for the Calder Trophy was well-deserved, even if Alex Ovechkin was the overwhelming favourite to win the award. Simply put, the team might not have made the playoffs without the superb play of their young Swedish netminder. That means less playing time this season for Kevin Weekes, but the 31-year-old has the athleticism and intensity to step in and get the job done whenever needed. If Lundqvist suffers a bad sophomore slump, Weekes is reliable enough to take the reins.

Defence: Michal Rozsival was the only Rangers' blueliner to crack the 30-point plateau, but players like Marek Malik and Fedor Tyutin still bring great puck-moving abilities and two-way instincts. Few defenders can get under an opponent's skin like Darius Kasparaitis, while newly-acquired blueliner Aaron Ward brings solid shot-blocking experience and defensive play. Ward also has three Stanley Cup rings with the Red Wings and Hurricanes and a winning attitude. Another good pickup for the Blueshirts was Karel Rachunek, who returns to the league after spending last season in Russia.

Forwards: Heading into last season, the Rangers needed Jaromir Jagr to play like the Penguins superstar of old if they wanted to succeed. The former Hart Trophy winner (and 2006 candidate) did not disappoint, finishing second in league scoring and leading a potent offence that included Czech teammates Martin Straka, Michael Nylander and rookie Petr Prucha. The playoffs, however, were a different story. Jagr injured himself after trying to take a swipe at Devils forward Scott Gomez, and the team's offence suddenly disappeared. The incident showed the Rangers needed two things to go to the next level - another veteran scorer and a physical forward. The team's first move was signing centre Matt Cullen, who should provide good offensive support in place of the departed Steve Rucchin. Brendan Shanahan brings another top go-to-guy on offence after putting up 80+ points in a season for the first time since 1997. Shanahan isn't the physical power forward that he used to be, but that's where Adam Hall comes in. The 6-3 winger plays a solid up-and-down game and is hard to knock out of the attack due to his size and strength.

Welcome to the NHL: Marc Staal got a taste of NHL life late last season with the Rangers, and the team has high hopes for him to make the club this fall. He's not a great offensive defenceman nor is he a great punishing defender, but is a great all-around blueliner who can play in every situation.
 
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