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03-25-2013, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by NugentHopkinsfan View Post
And I'd argue that they traded away depth for a first line star, lost their toughness edge/identity, and probably have injuries affecting them... do those show up in advanced stats? no they don't because as far as you're concerned it's just a goalie regressing and a bit of luck that have impacted the team. That's a ridiculous way of looking at hockey IMO. There are many non number variables that come into play over the course of a hockey season that won't even show up in excel.
So how much toughness are they missing? How much toughness would be enough? Do they need Prust back? Do they need a goon? Do they need 5 more fights or 10 more fights? This is the problem with these kinds of narratives, it's impossible to quantify and you can make the claim all day long and there's no way to prove or disprove it.

The depth part is definitely understandable, but it's not as if Nash has been a scrub for them this year. They got the best player in the deal and have a very talented group of forwards. The Rangers are shooting about 2% less than the league average, does this pass the sniff test? Does a forward core consisting of Richards, Gaborik, Nash, etc etc really shoot 2% off the mark?

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