The New York Rangers open the 1993-94 season under pressure from an increasingly restless fan base. The Blueshirts are fresh off a playoff miss. Failure won’t do. The Original Six team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup in 54 years. The “1940” taunts ring out from rival fans on a nightly basis. Rangers GM Neil Smith expects better luck and better health from a talented lineup that includes captain Mark Messier, star defenseman Brian Leetch, steady goaltender Mike Richter, slick sophomore blueliner Sergei Zubov and newly acquired scoring winger Steve Larmer.
MIKE RICHTER: (New York Rangers goalie) The prior championship was in 1940, and you hear, “OK, so it was 49 years, then 50 years, then 51,” then it ends up being 54. Each year it ends up getting a little louder and a little more embarrassing, ...
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