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04-01-2013, 02:49 AM
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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?
A big part of their problem is having so much money tied up in 3 players and terrible scoring depth.
Toughness can't be measured by a number, but it did make up a big part of their identity last year and anyone that watched them knew it.
Hockey is a game based on thousands of split second decisions it's not a simplistic repetitive numbers game like baseball that is easy to break down, yet still not perfectly.
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