Depending on which sports book you looked at, the New York Rangers were the second or third choice to capture the 2020 Stanley Cup. That’s second or third from the bottom, with only the lowly Ottawa Senators considered the deepest longshot.
The main catalyst that sent the New York Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup was obviously the acquisition of Mark Messier, a 5-time champion in Edmonton, who brought the leadership skills needed to lead a young club to a championship. Twenty-five years later and learning from hockey history, the New Jersey Devils opened NHL Free Agency by signing free agent Wayne Simmonds, who split last season between Philadelphia and Nashville.
Betting on the New York Rangers was always an exciting proposition. If there was one thing that you knew about the Rangers, it was that they were willing to think outside the box, to try any avenue, pay any price in a bid to win.