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02-26-2013, 09:16 AM
Bleed Ranger Blue
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
I actually see them doing a lot of what you're saying.

They have backed off of signing the big free agent by and large. Yes Richards is and was a big FA but he was also a part of that "core concept" we all saw and loved last season. And with the cap, they really can't sign a "sexy free agent" every summer.

They have been developing players.

The lack of success on the power play is amazingly curious.

It's not as simple as drafting guys who can shoot.

I said the Rangers need health because it forces them to play player before they're really ready (Kreider, Miller, Thomas).
Good points, especially about filling the roster with players that simply aren't ready.

The Rangers will likely ALWAYS have to sign free agents to complete the first line. This utopian concept that the Rangers will be able to develop 10-12 50 point forwards and role 4 lines just isnt feasible. Championship teams always have big time offensive talent to carry the load. Richards and Gaborik are not playing well, but the fact of the matter is they will need to be replaced by players like Richards and Gaborik at the top of their games. Personally, Im not ready to jettison them yet after 17 games.

Theres several problems with this team right now. I have issues with every forward besides Hagelin, the defense has been OK but not the dominant force they were last season - same goes for Hank. Hell, even Tortorella doesnt seem to be the fiery presence he was last season. The injuries have forced guys like Miller and Kreider, who simply aren't ready for consistent NHL action, up in the lineup.

But above all, this team isnt comfortable in its own skates - Brooks hit on it in his article today, its an identity problem. Too many players pulling in different directions - some strictly struggling, some afraid to make a mistake, some who shouldnt be in the NHL. Dont ask me how this gets fixed, but its need to.

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