This is a Bad Hockey Team: Part 2
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02-06-2013, 01:50 PM
Join Date: Feb 2013
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I've been saying we lack and need a puck skating defenseman, for how long now?
Transition game, getting through the neutral zone, gaining the offensive zone.
Something we do not do consistently. We do not have a player that can do it consistently.
It drastically effects the power play, as well.
The Rangers NEED to find a defenseman that can be a consistent threat every night.
Del Zotto is a threat only once the team is set up in the offensive zone, or if he reads a play and jumps in to help on a rush. But he isn't the guy creating that rush or gaining the zone.
How long does it take this team to reacquire possession and gain the zone on the power play? It seems like they waste 20 seconds a piece every time the opposition clears the zone. And we fumble with it trying to get back up ice.
IMO, it's priority #1 at the draft in June. If they were smart, they would put themselves in position at the draft to get their hands on the top offensive defenseman in the draft, not named Seth Jones, he is going #1 or #2 overall. Depends on who ever picks, values McKinnon or Jones more.
This is where clearing Gaborik's 7 million and getting a first round pick comes in, in June. Cap is decreasing. RFAs need to be resigned. We have needs. Where else is that cap space coming from. Gaborik + lesser pieces for a 1st and lesser pieces.
Rely less on top heavy, and become more by committee.
We desperately need a defenseman like this.
I feel our forward depth will start to correct its self soon. Lindberg and Fast will be ready at some point next year. Hrivik will be too, depending on his health.
We are devoid of a consistent legitimate threat from the back end.
It's a lot easier to find a cheap veteran to fill the 3rd pair.
Havent been on this site for a full day and im already contemplating leaving. Some of these ****in comments are just, amazing.
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