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02-24-2009, 01:14 PM
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As of now, from my point of view, the leadership void left by the departures of Jagr, Straka, Shanahan and even Avery to an extent (though his is more of firing up/energizing type rather than giving direction) has yet to be filled. Now it's still possible that Drury & Gomez mature into this role as the roster and playing style suit them better, but if that doesn't happen the team might have to bring some veteran players strong in leadership (and probably vocal to contrast Drury who is more of an "on the ice" type) in through free agency or trade. If they can clear cap room. I think it was naive of me to think players would look at Gomez & Drury the same way they would Shanahan and Jagr. Players need to earn the respect of their peers and Gomez & Drury haven't produced enough this season to really command that type of attention.
That quote from Sather makes Avery sound like a sure thing. Will he respect the leadership on this current Rangers team now? He sure didn't listen to anyone in Dallas.
I know this may sound a little absurd, but in my opinion, leadership is a little overrated. I don't think more leadership on this team compensates the lack of talent.
Messier's great leadership skills didn't earn Vancouver a Cup. Messier's great leadership skills didn't reward us with another Cup his second go-round.
At the end of the day, we're a less talented team than our rivals, and that's where I think the real problem lies.
Talent. Gifted, exceptional players. Drury and Gomez are good hockey players. Very good, if you put them in a situation where they can thrive. But much like our former coach, Sather hasn't done his job to equip these players with the tools they need to succeed. Realistically, he can't. Not the with contracts he signed them too.
If this was Nascar, our Ford (Or Chevy, or whatever they race) is loaded with a nice V-6... But we're competing against V-8's.
The fact that other teams V-8's cost less than our V-6's, is exactly what's wrong with this team.
Leadership won't fix that. Neither will a new coach. But stranger things have happened, so let's hope Sather's newest gamble does a good job shadowing the demented decisions he's blessed us with.
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