Recent statistics prove the New York Rangers are becoming the new Maple Leafs

Ryan Hall
June 4, 2024  (10:13)

Rangers celebrate over the Maple Leafs
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It appears that the New York Rangers are heading down a parallel path to the Toronto Maple Leafs in many ways which have led both teams to not compete for the Stanley Cup.

Stan Fischler of The Hockey News explained how both teams are the richest in the NHL, both have a core group of players they lean on to succeed and when that core does not succeed both teams fail.
The Maple Leafs decided six years ago that a core group of four players in Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares would lead them to a Stanley Cup much like the Chicago Blackhawks designed in 2010 with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in their entry level deals.
As all Leafs fans know, that core has not been successful and only has won one playoff round in six tries. The Rangers have a better-balanced team than the Leafs however they do still lean on Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, Alex Lafrenière and Vincent Trocheck.
Both teams also have a similar fate after next season for several of their players will be unrestricted free agents. In the 2025 season, the Rangers only have nine players signed with $33.3 million in cap space. Panarin Will be in his final year of his deal and likely will get a contract extension.
The Leafs have two of their core players that will be up for a contract extension this summer in Marner and Taveras. With general manager Brad Treliving in charge any strong desire to make this team tougher, meaner and more playoff ready major decisions will be needed on who will stay and who will go.
It remains to be seen on how both teams will handle their off-season's but it's safe to say both fanbases should see a difference in the coming next few years.
Source: The Hockey News - Why The Rangers And Maple Leafs Have So Much In Common
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