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12-10-2009, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by NYROrtsFan View Post
This Identity thing is so overrated in sports. There is always a segment who points towards it when a team is losing.

Winning games creates an identity. Not the other way around. When you search for an identity, you are just complicating things. This game is pretty simple... Win battles for the puck, make good passes, and finish on your chances. The team has a system, but that doesn't really matter much because they simply don't have the talent at forward.
Nahhhh, I disagree.

You can have an identity when losing.

You can have an identity of being a fast team that likes to skate and get into run and gun type games. Winning doesn't establish that style or identity.

You can be a defensive team that likes to play things close and create log-jams all over the ice. Again, winning doesn't that.

You can be a gritty team that plays the body all over the ice where opposing teams know that they played a tough game the following day. Again, nothing to do with winning.

Finally you can look to be a puck possession kind of team. Once that cycles well down low.

At the end of the day, winning doesn't establish your identity. If you have the proper players in any of those styles, the wins will come.

If you do not have the proper players and have not established any type of identity, you look like the Rangers.

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