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02-26-2013, 09:07 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
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Stop signing sexy free agents . Once again attempt to identify a core concept . Develop players . Position themselves for playoffs and make judicious team improving rentals at deadline if possible . Develop a power play . Start drafting guys who not only have size or skating but can actually shoot and let them play.
So much easier said than done. I think what you said is actually what the Rangers have been doing.
Thing is, we came so close last year that Sather felt the need to take a shot this year. Losing Dubinsky and Anisimov in the trade, letting Prust and Fedotenko go in free agency, the Rangers lost right there 33% of their forward corps. These are four guys that were able to buy-in to Tortorella hockey.
Then this year came along with the additions of guys like Nash and Pyatt, who look nice on paper for Tortorella hockey (size, speed in Nash's case) but aren't what "Torts hockey" is about.
This lineup would be much better suited under a different philosophy, and it's on Torts to make those changes, which he seemingly refuses to do.
But like you said, look at the Rangers draft picks when Tortorella was here (09 - Present): Kreider (speed and size), McIlrath (size), Miller (speed, size, two-way game), Skjei (speed, size, two-way game). All Torts hockey guys. The only one of these players who really has the potential to light up the scoresheet is Kreider. That is NOT a coincidence.
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