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02-27-2013, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
This is where I disagree. Above all else, Tortorella asks his players to play hard every shift, not be afraid to enter the dirty areas of the ice, forecheck hard, hawk loose pucks, and grind down the opposition.

Im happy with the philosophy of a team that plays hard - that shouldnt be any sort of luxury. I think its on the players to change their philosophy, not vice versa.

Take a guy like Kreider - hes big, strong, and fast. What excuse does he have to play so timid?
If you have talent, you don't ask them to grind.

And if you have a team of grinders, you don't ask them to play pretty hockey.

Right now, the Rangers do not have team of grinders.

Richards, Gaborik, Stepan, Hagelin, Nash are talented players that should be playing a style more suited to them. Those are the most important forwards we have, and we are aksing them to dump and chase and grind the wall, below the goal line.

Asking a pig not to be pig is going to frustrate the hell out of you when he fails at being anything other than a pig.

Even guys like Pyatt and Kreider are more on the skilled side then the grind side. However limited Pyatt's skill may be.

Sorry, but demanding players to curtail who they are to suite the needs of a coach is a recipe for disaster.

We are seeing that now.

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