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07-06-2006, 01:17 AM
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ivrydov
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Finese can take you through the regular season since hitting in many games is light. But even Detroit, a more talented team than the Rangers got bumped out (it would have helped to have a competent goalie). The Oilers in their winning games were getting 30 hits a game. Carolina in the seventh game made a fantastic 48 hits.

The Rangers just rope-a-dope most of the time and hope the whistle-happy young referees will help them out with a lot of penalties. In the playoffs the experienced referees take over as they go along, and the cheap calls get much fewer. You have to play the game.

Simon has been used alongside Iginla. Compared to the other blank shooters the Rangers fielded in the playoffs, he wouldn't hurt. And then there's a bargain-basement Lindros, at least as long as he lasts. Jagr once talked about looking forward to playing with him.

The suggestion of playing Hollweg on the first line is from Coaching 101. In Rangers' history Hadfield, thought to be just a goon, was put alongside Ratelle and Gilbert and developed over several years into an all-star. Renney does not mix and match, but if he did, the lack of toughness would not be such an acute weakness.

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