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Renney-Rangers need to get bigger and grittier for a playoff run
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01-05-2009, 08:35 AM
Change is good.
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I wouldn't say it was decision that put the franchise in a grave. The Devils are essentially built upon the same theory and have proven how effective it can be.
The problem is that the strategy is at odds with the theory. This group is effective when they pressure the puck, create turnovers, then turn them into transitional chances, but they rarely do it. Instead, they play this stand-around, safe, positional style that Colton Orr can execute effectively enough despite a relative absence of skill and speed.
Besides, who wouldn't want bigger, grittier players with speed and skill. Problem is, there aren't many Iginla's and Ovechkin's out there, and for the close options that are out there, the Rangers simply don't have access to them. They don't hit UFA and the team doesn't have the chips to acquire one. So, ok, it's nice to say that's the ideal team. Making it happen is a virtual impossibility for the Rangers.
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