Offseason tournament bracket.
As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: Blue Line Station) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. The first match in the tournament pits the tournament favorite (Henrik Lundqvist) against the trade deadline acquisition that most people would like to forget, Olli Jokinen. Here’s the matchup:
Henrik Lundqvist (Acquired – 2000 draft, round 7)
Hank is Hank. He’s a five-time Vezina Finalist, he’s won the award once. He’s been the backbone of the team, and the best goalie in the world. Not really much else to say here.
Olli Jokinen (Acquired with Brandon Prust in 2010 for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik)
In 26 games as a Ranger, Jokinen put together a line of 4-11-15, and helped the Rangers chase a playoff spot. Ironically enough, the big trade deadline acquisition is now best known for missing this shootout attempt, and causing the Rangers to miss the playoffs for the first and only time ...