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Rangers outlook heading into 2009/10 season

This years free agency period is winding down, meaning training camp is just around the corner. Earlier this week the NEFHL released the 2009-10 preseason schedule. The Rangers’ schedule is as follows:
 
Monday, September 14th- Rangers at Devils 
Tuesday, September 15th- Bruins at Rangers 
Thursday, September 17th- Rangers at RedWings 
Sunday, September 20th- Rangers at Bruins 
Monday, September 21st- RedWings at Rangers 
Wednesday, September 23rd- Capitals at Rangers 
Sunday, September 27th- Rangers at Capitals

The Blueshirts will use this preseason as a measuring stick and also as an opportunity to play around with line combinations to see who will get to play right wing opposite Alexander Ovechkin on the first line. At the moment it’s looking like it will either be newcomer Michelle Oullette or veteran right winger Jamie Langenbrunner. Head coach Lindy Ruff will have to decide between putting all his eggs in one basket or trying to spread out the scoring. However it ends up, the player will undoubtedly benefit from playing alongside Ovechkin who is one of this league's premier players. 
This year the Rangers will return a very similar squad to last years team. In the offseason they lost key pieces such as forwards Owen Nolan and Sergei Federov, while managing to retain goaltender Carey Price and defenseman Marc Edouard-The newly acquired Gomez will play alongside Alexander Ovechkin on the Rangers first line.
Vlasic in the meantime adding big names like centre Scott Gomez and winger Jamie Langenbrunner,. Gomez will centre the first line and should fit in nicely in the Big Apple.  

The Atlantic division is shaping up to be very tough this year. The Islanders, Flyers, Devils and Penguins all look strong and the Rangers will be hard pressed to contend. The early predictions have the Rangers on the outside looking in, but general manager Steve Tetrault is optimistic. “We will surprise some teams this year. When you have one of the most dominant and skilled players in the league on your team anything can happen. He(Ovechkin) can take over a game himself,” said Tetrault in a press conference earlier this week. 

Kyle Turris, who was selected fourth overall back in ’05 by the Avalanche will likely make his highly anticipated debut with the big club this season. Turris was acquired by the Rangers back in ’07 in a 7 player deal. He will likely center the 3rd line and may even see some time on the powerplay.  

New York appears to be in good shape heading into the future. They hold three first round picks in next years draft. New York also had multiple first round picks in this years draft which they used to select forwards Evander Kane and Louis Leblanc. Along with all these picks and prospects the Rangers also have a great young corps including the likes of Kyle Turris, Jonathon Blum, Marc-Edouard Vlassic and Carey Price some of which have already begun to make an impact on the big club.