2003–04 New York Rangers season
|2003–04 New York Rangers|
|General Manager||Glen Sather|
|Alternate captains||Brian Leetch (Oct-Mar)
Jaromir Jagr (Mar-Apr)
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Average attendance||18,073 (99.3%)|
|Goals||Bobby Holik (25)|
|Assists||Bobby Holik (31)|
|Points||Bobby Holik (56)|
|Penalties in minutes||Matthew Barnaby (120)|
|Wins||Mike Dunham (16)|
|Goals against average||Jussi Markkanen (2.56)|
The 2003–04 New York Rangers season (their 78th) was disappointing for the Rangers; despite having the highest payroll in the league at over $69 million, the team finished towards the bottom of the standings. In January 2004 the Rangers acquired superstar Jaromir Jagr from the Washington Capitals at a discounted salary, but little improvement was made, so the Rangers began a "rebuilding" process. Alexei Kovalev, Martin Rucinsky, Matthew Barnaby, Petr Nedved, and Jussi Markkanen were all eventually traded, in March they traded long-time defenseman Brian Leetch to the Toronto Maple Leafs for prospects, and Eric Lindros left as a free agent at season's end.
This would also be Mark Messier's final season of professional hockey.
Regular season 
Final standings 
|2||6||New Jersey Devils||82||43||25||12||2||213||164||100|
|3||8||New York Islanders||82||38||29||11||4||237||210||91|
|4||13||New York Rangers||82||27||40||7||8||206||250||69|
Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
|1||Z- Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||46||22||8||6||245||192||106|
|2||Y- Boston Bruins||NE||82||41||19||15||7||209||188||104|
|3||Y- Philadelphia Flyers||AT||82||40||21||15||6||209||188||101|
|4||X- Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||45||24||10||3||242||204||103|
|5||X- Ottawa Senators||NE||82||43||23||10||6||262||189||102|
|6||X- New Jersey Devils||AT||82||43||25||12||2||213||164||100|
|7||X- Montreal Canadiens||NE||82||41||30||7||4||208||192||93|
|8||X- New York Islanders||AT||82||38||29||11||4||237||210||91|
|13||New York Rangers||AT||82||27||40||7||8||206||250||69|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast
Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot
Schedule and Results 
|2003-04 Game Log|
October: 3-3-2-0 (Home: 3-1-2-0; Road: 0-2-0-0)
November: 6-5-3-2 (Home: 3-2-0-2; Road: 3-3-3-0)
December: 6-5-0-1 (Home: 2-2-0-1; Road: 4-3-0-0)
January: 4-10-2-1 (Home: 2-5-1-1; Road: 2-5-1-0)
February: 4-7-0-1 (Home: 2-5-0-0; Road: 2-2-0-1)
March: 3-10-0-3 (Home: 1-6-0-0; Road: 2-4-0-3)
April: 1-0-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0-0; Road: 1-0-0-0)
The Rangers failed to qualify for the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, missing the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
Player stats 
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SA = Shots against; SV% = Save percentage; SO = Shutouts; G= Goals; A= Assists; PIM= Penalties in Minutes
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
‡Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
Awards and records 
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Draft picks 
|Round||#||Player||Pos||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||12||Hugh Jessiman||RW||United States||Dartmouth College (ECAC)|
|2||50[a]||Ivan Baranka||D||Slovakia||Dubnica Jr. (Slovakia Jr.)|
|3||75[b]||Ken Roche||C||United States||St. Sebastian's (USHS)|
|4||122[c]||Corey Potter||D||United States||Michigan State (CCHA)|
|5||149||Nigel Dawes||LW||Canada||Kootenay Ice (WHL)|
|6||176[d]||Ivan Dornic||C||Slovakia||HC Slovan Bratislava (Slovak Extraliga)|
|6||179[e]||Philippe Furrer||D||Switzerland||SC Bern (NLA)|
|6||180[f]||Chris Holt||G||Canada||U.S. National Development Program (USA)|
|7||209||Dylan Reese||D||United States||Pittsburgh Forge (NAHL)|
|8||243||Jan Marek||F||Czech Republic||HC Ocelari Trinic (Czech Extraliga)|
- Draft notes
- The New York Rangers' second-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks as the result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 second-round pick and a 2003 third-round pick to the Rangers in exchange for this pick.
- a The San Jose Sharks' second-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 second round pick to the Sharks in exchange for a 2003 third-round pick and this pick.
- b The San Jose Sharks' third-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 second round pick to the Sharks in exchange for a 2003 second-round pick and this pick.
- The New York Rangers' third-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as the result of an August 20, 2001 trade that sent Eric Lindros to the Rangers in exchange for Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl, Jan Hlavac and this pick.
- The New York Rangers' fourth-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a March 18, 2002 trade that sent Pavel Bure and a 2002 second-round pick to the Rangers in exchange for Igor Ulanov, Filip Novak, a 2002 first round pick, a 2002 second round pick and this pick.
- c The Edmonton Oilers' fourth-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a June 30, 2002 trade that sent Mike Richter to the Oilers in exchange for this pick.
- d The Calgary Flames' sixth-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a January 22, 2003 trade that sent Mike Mottau to the Flames in exchange for a 2004 sixth-round pick and this pick.
- e The San Jose Sharks' sixth-round pick (originally New York Rangers) went to the New York Rangers as a result of a June 22, 2003 trade that sent previous considerations to the Sharks in exchange for this pick.
- f The Los Angeles Kings' sixth-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a July 16, 2002 trade that sent Derek Armstrong to the Kings in exchange for this conditional pick.
- The New York Rangers' ninth-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as the result of a June 23, 2002 trade that sent Krysztof Oliwa to the Rangers in exchange for future considerations (this pick).
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