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01-22-2010, 06:01 PM
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JerseyRangers
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Read the Rodent

Rodent does a great job on his article regarding last nites game. He's been harping for a while on how soft this team is and I think he's dead on. We had a thread a while ago on what constitutes a "tough" team. The Flyers are a perfect example of a tough team. Forget about that idiot Carcillo. We hadn't won one battle in the corners or in front of the net prior to that and the trend continued throughout the nite. The Flyers made life hell for us last nite -- they won almost every battle on the boards and in front of the net. Bottom line is we only have a few players who are willing to pay the price consistently to win tight games.

We've got too many guys like Roszival and Drury who will shy away from any form of contact and are pretty much invisible when facing an opponent who plays in your face, physical hockey. Even guys like Boyle and Voros seemed to shy away last nite. Their where only two guys last nite that spent the night physically challenging the Flyers. That's way too few and certainly the wrong mix if this organization has any aspirations of playing winning hockey. Personally after last nite's performance if it takes trading Marc Staal + high draft pick + upper tier prospect + middle level player for someone like Phaneuf then you've got to pull the trigger.

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