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By Pierre LeBrunIt's not every day a team that reaches the second round of the playoffs has the kind of makeover the Rangers opted for. But it shows you how high expectations are for this team. The second round is not good enough. More than a third of the roster has been overturned. "I'm happy to still be on the team," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist told ESPN.com with a laugh. "No, it's exciting though. We recruited a lot of good players. I think everybody is excited. Obviously, it's going to take a couple of weeks before everyone finds their spot. It takes a while with a lot of new guys." And that's really the key with a team that looks pretty good on paper. Can the Rangers become a team? OFFENSE
By Jay FeasterFor the Rangers, the biggest improvement may be the residual benefit of addition by subtraction. While Jagr was larger than life on Broadway, the white-hot spotlight on one player can sometimes make it difficult for the ensemble to find its way. With Jagr now playing in Omsk, Russia, the Rangers are free to follow high-profile 2007 acquisitions Chris Drury and Scott Gomez. I believe both players will rise to the challenge and have outstanding seasons. Naslund and Fritsche will help up front, with Naslund providing skill and veteran leadership. Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal are solid youngsters who are only going to get better. Dmitri Kalinin may prove to be one of the best free-agent acquisitions of the summer. Wade Redden has a long way to go to regain the form that enabled him to build the reputation that allowed him to break the bank this past summer, and, unless he commits to working hard every shift, newcomer Nikolai Zherdev should fear the upper reaches of the Garden faithful who inhabit the cheap seats. The difference-maker is Henrik Lundqvist. Is there a better goaltender in the East at the present time? Not for me. Jay Feaster served as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning from the 2001-02 season before resigning last season. He is a contributor to ESPN.com.