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03-17-2013, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Dagoon44 View Post
The lAst few seasons the rangers were by far one of the toughest teams in the NHL . The rangers with line ups featuring great heavyweights like Orr ,Boogaard ,Brashear , rupp and very capable second tier guys like Dubinsky ,Sauer ,Byers ,Callahan ,Prust never ever were pushed around or intimidated by we're more the bullies . Now the chippy edge is gone . Sometimes it isn't even about fighting it is about addituide and having the big brother behind you make you play bigger. This season the rangers are timid and look scared Boyle and Pyatt the twin tower tampons are the perfect example of 2013 soft rangers.

Agree 100% about attitude comment. Something that some posters never understand about this game as thier hatred of fighting blinds them. Players not only appreciate these types of actions, they get up and applaud it from the bench when a guy stands up for his boys. Early on this year it was very obvious that the Rangers don't have each others backs. Orpik running Kreider in a blowout game was a early indication that they aren't team tough. Torts seems to think they were tough enough mentioned in a post game after Pacoretty boarded McDonagh...But when Rangers beat writers start to question it you know there is something to it especially when you consider the Rangers beat writers in the past have been more on the anti-tough guy side of the fence. Most recently Henrik made mention but he targeted more the back end. Think he said they need to be more physical, or whatever.

Anyway, one thing is obvious... You want a grinding style? Better get yourself an Iginla, Hartnell, Clarkson, Clowe, Brown, Lucic, Horton, Simmonds, Kassian, type of guy in your top 6.

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