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07-11-2012, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by GWOW View Post
Rangers forwards on the PK dont press the points. Under Hitchcock the BJ's did. Rangers collapse their two forwards inside the circles and block shots down low rather than near the blue line, if they can help it.

That's why Callahan, Prust, Dubinsky and Fedotenko were always limping to the bench. They block shots between the points and the goal.

So you're going to take a 7.8 million dollar "elite" winger and ask him to do the same?

Not a chance. Not under Torts.
Nash will do what is asked of him - he always has as far as a coach's request has gone. Do you think Torts cares what he's getting paid?

And quit with the semantic arguments. They slow these threads to a crawl. I don't think Nash is an "elite" forward. A better way to define his talent is by his projected position in a good team's lineup. He's a top six winger, at worst. He'd probably be a first line winger on most teams (including ours).

He can play on the second PK unit or in spot duty on the PK. He is a threat to score when used consistently on the PK, and teams planned around that when Hitchcock was in Columbus. He is "good" defensively. He isn't going to win the Selke anytime soon ("elite" defensive forward), and he isn't a defensive liability ("bad"). Our PP will likely improve with him in the lineup.

And again, if Kreider or Stepan are a part of this deal we should walk away. But we shouldn't step away because 2nd/3rd line tweeners like Anisimov, Dubinsky, and Hagelin might leave.

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