The New York Rangers will face a daunting task if the rumored NHL realignment goes through for next season. That’s because the Blueshirts could arguably be in the toughest division in all of hockey.
As we continue to gather information of a potential mid-January start with camps opening on the 1/1, the rumors of realignment grow. Hockey teams will likely also be in some form of a bubble and travel will be kept to a minimum.
Let’s revisit what the Rangers division will look like.
New York Rangers in realigned East
ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reported recently that the NHL is considering realignment for next season. The Rangers would be in the toughest division that will either be known as the East or USA1. Here’s who they would have to face:
- Boston Bruins
- Buffalo Sabres
- Carolina Hurricanes
- New Jersey Devils
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Washington Capitals
Tough sledding for the Blueshirts
Aside from the Sabres, who are an up and coming team, the entire division is a gauntlet of division rivals and contenders. The Devils are not a very good hockey team but they along with the Islanders are not just just divisional rivals but geographic ones as well.
Last season the Rangers had a winning record against just three teams, the Islanders, Capitals, and Hurricanes. They had no wins against the Flyers and Bruins. Shockingly they were .500 against the Devils and Sabres.
While it will be nice to not have to face Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, replacing them with the Bruins doesn’t help.
NHL rumors update
The NHL rumor keeps churning and it sound like a trade between the Red Wings and Lightning are in the works. More on that here.